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There is no shame in not taking advice that is not accessible to you

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Creating these positive affirmation pieces has been an interesting journey for me, as they were very much out of my artistic comfort zone. They aren’t in the style that I usually draw in and differ greatly from all the drawings in my notebooks over the past few years. 

But when I first started making them, seeing the deep emotional response from people who were sharing the most vulnerable parts of themselves with me was a really incredible experience. I knew then that this was an important project for me to take on. 

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When I create these affirmations I ask myself two things. The first is: what do I need to remind myself of? These are often reminders that I need. Each affirmation is very personal. It relates to my own healing, which is sometimes very tumultuous and exhausting. And the second thing i ask is: is this advice accessible? I loathe positive rhetoric that is just coming from a place of privilege. Advice has to be accessible, otherwise it’s meaningless. It has to be relevant to marginalized folks, otherwise it’s exclusive and elitist and I’m not OK with that. 

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I want to thank each and every person who has allowed one of my pieces to have a space in their life, even just for the brief moment that they see it. That means a lot to me. 

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-  Hana Shafi AKA Frizz Kid

You can see more of Frizz Kid’s art at http://thefrizzkid.tumblr.com/ and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefrizzkid/