DOODLE Lovely – An artful journey of learning to relax again

inspire you, learning to relax, taking a moment to wonder, slow down and soak it in, try something new, rich with happiness, creative,Life comes at us from all angles with increasing speed and with many demands. We have become busy and unable to focus on self-care without feeling a sense of guilt or laziness. Our busyness leaves us feeling overwhelmed with too much information, too many expectations and too many demands. We are looking for something.

DOODLE Lovely is about taking a moment to wander, to pause, to slow it down and soak it in. During an artful calm you will be greeted with clarity, and then surprised with confidence! We believe everyone is born with their own unique creativity and self-assuredness.

DOODLE Lovely will inspire you to relax, try something new and experience how a little creative wander will make your life rich with happiness.

Over time, we have learned of right and wrong as opposed to exploring creative solutions and taking risks. Our choices have become black and white. DOODLE Lovely offers you colour!

Welcome to the DOODLE Lovely movement. We will guide you on an artful journey of learning to relax again, of rediscovering your creativity and welcoming your uniqueness into all aspects of your life. Through a gradual series of inclusive conversation, guidebooks and DOODLE Lovely products you will easily embrace the artful wanderer in you and experience how DOODLE Lovely can open your mind, calm your body and strengthen your soul.

Journals, sketchbooks, colouring books, all to encourage you to go on your own artful wander towards relaxation and self-discovery.

Location; Hubbards, Nova Scotiainspire you, learning to relax, taking a moment to wonder, slow down and soak it in, try something new, rich with happiness, creative,

You can also find our products at the following places in Nova Scotia

- Nova Scotia Art Gallery
- Inkwell
- Made in the Maritimes
- Hudson News
- Atlantic News
- Lola's Landing
- Unlimited Gift & Things

inspire you, learning to relax, taking a moment to wonder, slow down and soak it in, try something new, rich with happiness, creative,Hi there!

I’m Melissa Lloyd.

I’m a designer, an artist, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend, and a woman who is usually moving too fast and in too many directions. I’m guessing you can relate to the moving too fast and in too many directions part. Seems like everyone is on the fast track these days.

My fast track had gotten out of hand and I was feeling burnt out, a bit empty, and directionless. I decided it was time to take some time for me, to try to relax, reset, and find some clarity.

While I knew I needed a change, the thought terrified me! How can someone who’s used to flying at the speed of light bring things down to cruise control? How can I shake the pressure of trying to be perfect and and just be ME?

So I picked up a pen. Reluctantly at first, as it had been so long since I just was an ‘artist’, and the fear of judgement felt close and raw.

I started to doodle.

I discovered how non-judgemental doodling is, how it acts as a gateway to your subconscious, and is a kind of exercise in mindfulness. Anything goes in doodling!

Over the next month I doodled while I listened to music, I doodled watching Netflix, I sometimes doodled into the wee hours of the morning. It was something I just found myself getting lost in.

It was amazing the profound effect this had on me mentally. It brought an incredible amount of calm. And then it dawned on me, “There is more!”

With my new perspective, everywhere I looked there were things around me that pointed to the conversation about taking time for you, doodling, and the incredible benefits of inviting more creativity in your life.

I learned more about the astounding benefits of creativity:
  •             Predicts a longer life and reduces stress
  •             Frees your thoughts
  •             Promotes individualism and builds towards an authentic self
  •             Makes you a better problem solver in all areas of your life
  •             Promotes having fun
  •             Allows you to face your fears
  •             Builds confidence and self-acceptance.
  •             Makes you happier

So I created DOODLE Lovely to encourage people to stop, even for just 5 minutes a day, to explore their own creative spirit and rediscover how to be the leader of their own lives.

The products are about calm, clarity, creativity, and confidence (even when you might be feeling burnt out!) The focus is on inspire you, learning to relax, taking a moment to wonder, slow down and soak it in, try something new, rich with happiness, creative,you.

I won’t pretend that I have life all figured out, but I just want to share what has helped me feel happier, more focused, and more like the real me.

This artful wander is just beginning. I hope you’ll join me as we see where the path of creativity takes us. Help me spread the word that everyone has a creative spirit inside just waiting to see the light.