Fortune Favors the Brave Book Release Day!

08/18/15

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Friends, I am so happy to announce that my latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand Lettered by Lisa Congdon, is officially released for sale! You can get your copy at your local bookstore, here on Amazon, get a signed copy in my Etsy Shop, or purchase wherever books are sold. Fortune Favors the Brave is the sequel to my first book of hand-lettered quotes, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One (which, at last count, is nearing almost 100,000 copies sold!). Out today also are an ancillary notebook set and notecard set, also published by Chronicle Books.

If you are interested in attending one of my book tour & book signing stops for Fortune Favors the Brave in Hudson NY, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland or Seattle, you can get more information here.

I’m also so excited to share my latest podcast, this one my second with Tiffany Han, all about passion projects (of which I’ve done a few!). Fortune Favors the Brave is the direct result of a daily project I started in 2012, and I talk more about that project and all my daily/yearly projects in the podcast. You can listen to this latest podcast with Tiffany here.

To celebrate the release of my book, I’m sharing here the introductory essay for the book, which describes how it came to be, starting with my own personal journey to become a more courageous person 16 years ago.

This book is dedicated to every young girl in the world: may you be brave.

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“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you!

Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching

for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

—Oscar Wilde

When I was thirty-one years old I got two words tattooed on my right arm. Those two words—truth and courage—lettered inside of banners blowing from the beaks of two barn swallows represented a conscious shift to live my life more authentically. Until that time, throughout my teens and twenties, I spent a lot of time attempting to fit into the mold of who I thought I should be and what I thought I should do with my life. By the time I was thirty I was bored, uninspired, clinically depressed, and quite truly stuck. And so, in an attempt to be happier, in the few years that followed and until this day (I turned forty-seven this year), it has been my life’s work to live every day in ways that feel true and good for me. At the core of this work is the assumption that I cannot be happy or achieve any level of satisfaction in life unless I am living in ways that are aligned with my core values, passions, and temperament—in other words, what I believe in, what makes me feel inspired, and what feels good to me.

Sounds easy enough, right? But it isn’t. It takes enormous bravery and determination to be totally yourself, to pursue life dreams that others might not understand, to risk judgment, or to break out of unhealthy relationships, addictions, and habits. It also takes courage to forgive yourself when you falter along the way and to move on after you do or say things you later regret. Let’s face it—none of us has a “perfect” path. In fact, accepting, even embracing, our missteps and imperfections (including the big ones) is part of the journey. And understanding that we all falter, that we are all beautifully imperfect, and that we are all in some way trying to live authentically connects us as humans.

Over the years, as I have attempted to live a happier, more authentic life, I have relied heavily on the words of other people—writers, thinkers, artists, philosophers, and yes, even regular people—to guide and support my path. Indeed, sometimes reading an inspiring quote in a moment of self-doubt can change my entire outlook and remind me that despite my weaknesses or shortcomings, despite what others might think of me, I can do this.

Because I have grown not only to love but also to rely on the wise words of smart people, I have been hand lettering inspirational quotes for several years. I have also found that many people love to read inspiring quotes too, and so I began sharing them on my blog and then in my first book of hand-lettered quotes, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. It felt like the most logical and important step to focus my next book of quotes (the one you are holding in your hands) on bravery—the bravery required to live authentically, to be our best selves, to accept our mistakes and shortcomings, and to live, really live, a good and happy life.

It is no coincidence that the year I got the words truth and courage tattooed on my arm was also the same year I started drawing and painting. Living an authentic life meant finding a way to express my deepest fears and my most intense longings. I experi­mented with all kinds of things during that time—cooking, sewing, writing, new athletic endeavors—all of which I still enjoy today, but making art made me feel thoroughly happy in a way I had never felt before. Many years later, making art has become my entire world, including my livelihood. I am so grateful for every person, every book I have read, and every word that gave me the strength to take risks and fight each wave of self-doubt I encountered.

I hope the brilliant words in this book provide encouragement and motivation for you as you tread the path of your own magnificent journey. May you live bravely and fully.

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HOORAY // MARRIAGE FOR ALL!

06/26/15

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I’ve written a lot about marriage over the past few years on this blog. And today Love Conquered All with the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to support marriage equality in the entire nation. I never thought I would see this day, and I am so thrilled. You can get my LOVE CONQUERS ALL print (pictured above) here in my shop.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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New Phone Cases & Pillow Covers!

06/18/15

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Friends, I’ve got a new phone case design in my Nuvango shop! It’s called Grey Garden, and it’s for those of you who are a fan of my floral motifs but like a subtle monotone colorway. You can get yours here (comes in most phone model sizes). I’ve also got a bunch of other designs to choose from here.

Wait, there’s more! You can now order pillows through Nuvango, and I’m offering Grey Garden as a throw pillow.

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As always, you can order my Nuvango designs as laptop skins too.

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Have a great Thursday, friends! I’m moving to my new house tomorrow, so I’ll be back Monday with my new fabric collection! Stay tuned.

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New Print // Free to be Me

06/17/15

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New print in the shop! “FREE TO BE ME” // 11×14 inches // archival inks on white paper with small border // signed and dated.

Purchase yours here!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New TRAIL OF STARS Poster Release!

05/21/15

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Friends, I am so excited to release a new limited edition poster! This new piece is 12.5×19 inches, hand screen-printed in metallic gold ink on high quality blue French Paper Company stock.

This is an edition of 50 only. Once they are sold, these gold on blue posters are gone forever, so grab yours now!

All posters are signed and numbered and are $35 each.

This poster makes a great gift for the super stars in your life, including graduates, newlyweds and newborn babies!

You can grab one here in my Etsy Shop.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! I’ll release the poster in a new color soon. Stay tuned!

Enjoy!

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For the Love of San Francisco

04/28/15

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SF Print // Now available in my Etsy Shop

As many of you know, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland, Oregon one month ago today. I am happy too report that I am absolutely loving my new city. But one thing I know for sure is that San Francisco will live forever in my heart. I’ve written here before about the significance of this great city in my development as a human being. No place will ever be part of me as much as San Francisco.

To celebrate San Francisco, I’m offering two new pieces in my Etsy shop starting today. First, the SF Print pictured above, which is a collection of many of the things I love about the city. Second, I’m also offering copies of the SF Wildsam Field Guide (pictured below) which I illustrated in 2013 (you can see more images of the book here). This guide is a little book packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

 

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New Limited Edition Prints in the Shop!

04/20/15

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Hello friends! So excited to have two new LIMITED EDITION prints in the shop! The prints are each printed on high quality thick Hahnemühle etching paper and are signed and numbered (editions of 25 only). They are both 11×14 inches.

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Fish Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.

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Yes Town Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.

Have a great Monday!

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New Print in the Shop!

04/10/15

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Friends, I am excited to release a new print today in the shop! It’s called “Arches” and it’s 11×14 inches, printed full color on white paper. You can grab yours here.

Have a great weekend!

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Etsy Shop Open // New Print Release!

04/02/15

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Friends, after moving to Portland Oregon earlier this week, my Etsy Shop has now reopened! And to celebrate, I am releasing a new print called Spring Blossoms which you can purchase here. The print is 11×14 inches, printed with archival inks on acid free bright white paper and is signed and dated.

Also back in stock: Botanicals and Folk Art coloring books!

Happy Spring!

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Etsy Shop // New Additions!

02/12/15

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All Good Things Print! 11×14 inches. Get it here.

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She Who is Brave is Free print, 11×14 inches. Get it here.

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Back in stock: Folk Art Coloring Book. Get it here.

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Back in stock: signed copies of Art, Inc. Get them here.

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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New Phone & Device Case!

01/16/15

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Friends, I’ve released a new phone & device case today! It’s pictured above (on an iPhone) and below (on a Samsung phone) and it’s available for just about any phone or device under the sun. You can purchase this particular design here and see all of my phone/device case designs here.

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Happy Friday!

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New Prints in the Shop!

01/09/15

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This new black and white print entitled Folkish is available here.

And I have also relisted this Swedish Chairs print:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

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New Print // Last Week to Shop!

12/10/14

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Don’t forget: this is your last week to shop in my Etsy store before the holidays!  My shop will be closed from Tuesday evening of next week until early January. All remaining orders will ship Wednesday, December 17.

Good news! Just in time, I have added a new print to the shop, pictured above. You can snatch it up here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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Holiday Etsy Sale!

11/19/14

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Friends, I’m have a 15% off EARLYBIRD holiday sale in my Etsy Shop starting today through December 2!

Here’s how it works: go to my Etsy Shop, select your items, and enter EARLYBIRD in the coupon code section for 15% off.

I have added EIGHTEEN original pieces to my shop, so if you are interested in original works, now is the time to purchase.

If there is a book you would like that you don’t see in my shop, that means it is temporarily sold out. I should be getting more coloring books in stock by the end of November, so stay tuned! You can get all of my books on Amazon as well.

As always, email me or send me an Etsy Convo if you have any questions at all!

Happy shopping!

XO Lisa

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New Phone & Laptop Cases Available!

11/14/14

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Friends, I’ve added a new phone/laptop/device case/skin to my shop! This one is called “Tornado” and it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for tons of different phones, laptops and devices. You can get this cover here or peruse my entire selection of designs here.

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Have a great weekend!

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