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Jenipher Lyn

A CreativeLive Student Story

Sometimes the world shouts at you to take life in a different direction – even if that means you are supposed to have a crippling panic attack so intense, that all you can do is take shelter under your desk in the middle of your shift at work. For artist and illustrator, Jenipher Lyn this is exactly where she found herself at her lowest point – hiding out of sight after becoming so overwhelmed by the negativity that had taken over.

Meeting her today, it is almost incomprehensible to think that this effervescent and inspiring woman could have ever experienced something so extreme. The reality is, Jenipher’s creative journey is an amazing reminder of how just how powerful the creative process really is. And without it, any one of us could find ourselves hiding under our own desks at one point or another.

"Life is too short to put yourself in a mold.”

- An excerpt from her book.

The truth is, Jenipher exudes positivity in everything she does. One look at her website - full of her cheery, hand-drawn illustrations and positive affirmations - and you can see that she’s developed her own unique voice by creating things that helped her overcome many of the obstacles in her early years. With illustrations that encourage kindness, or fun greeting cards that display light hearted messages like -‘You are oh, so Brave - #Truestory’ and ‘Hope your day is FILLED with sprinkled cheesecake, smiles & red balloons – Oh, and unicorns. ALWAYS unicorns’- it’s pretty easy to understand why she has built an impressive online following of fans who appreciate her work for it's light hearted take on the vulnerable moments we all experience.

As a self-described ‘sad-kid’ it’s interesting to see her distinct style as a tool to promote positivity, not just to her fans, but to herself. A firm believer that ‘we’re the same people we were as kids and we all have the same stuff, but if you’re lucky, the older you become the more you learn how to handle it’. As an adult, Jenipher is happily creating what speaks to her, creating products that are truly aligned to her own beliefs and using her work to figure out the perfect way to handle it and highlights the power of creative expression as a transformational tool and catalyst for healing.

Her story is living proof that the simple act of creating, however small or insignificant, can resonate with someone else, and when we create, we are allowing ourselves to refocus our attention- highlighting the good while gently obscuring the negatives that don’t really serve us. By owning the cards she was dealt, Jenipher continues to spread her message of self-acceptance and positivity - one doodle at a time.

See more of Jenipher's work and how she continues to use the skills she learned at CreativeLive on her website, JenipherLyn.com or follow her on her amazing Instagram, YouTube or Facebook .

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