My favorite thing about being a person is noticing the serendipities in life. I’m often rushing or too focused on my plans to be present enough to see them. But every once in a while I slow down, let go of my plans, and insecurities, and am present enough to notice some sweetest of in humanity. Today’s guest writer and illustrator Mari Andrew is an expert in this. She’s a present observer of her world and has the impressive talent to take her keen observations and translate them into relatable art. She’s a dynamic, warm, and articulate person and artist. Fittingly enough, we met by running into each other in our neighborhood. I told her how much her work meant to me and she agreed to do the podcast. In this conversation, we cover “rejection as protection”, her creative routines, money in NYC, feeling vulnerable and raw during breakups, transitions, and how they make us fertile for growth, her specific way of practicing gratitude, and her useful body image advice.