@kimothy.joy - Kimothy Joy

illustrator / author 🎨painting the world I want for my daughter 👶🏼mom to Luca Joy 📚Author of #thatswhatshesaid w/ @harper_wave 👇🏼online shop
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Words from the inspiring Isra Chaker (@israspeaks) - Syrian-American social justice activist who I was honored to paint and interview (link in profile):
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“I spoke these words at the #FamiliesBelongTogether March in Washington, DC in front of over 30,000 people. I was talking about my experience being directly impacted by the Muslim Ban. I’m a proud American, born and raised in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I grew up spending my summers visiting my extended family in Syria, playing with my cousins and bouncing on the laps of my aunts and uncles. But I haven’t been able to see any of them since the conflict broke out in Syria seven years ago, and now, this Muslim Ban prevents me from being reunited with them here in my home, the United States of America. We are tired. Too many of us know what it feels like to wake up every morning since Trump took office and be forced to fight for our rights. To have to prove our American-ness. To have to brace yourself for blatant hateful attacks on all our identities. My family and I do not have to prove our humanity, and neither do you. We are all America, and America is all of us.”
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#wonderwoman #israchaker #wcw #womancrushwednesday #wonderwomanwednesday #israspeaks
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Words from the inspiring Isra Chaker (@israspeaks ) - Syrian-American social justice activist who I was honored to paint and interview (link in profile): . “I spoke these words at the #familiesbelongtogether March in Washington, DC in front of over

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@israspeaks Love you and so grateful for you and this feature! Thank you 💕💕💕

Happy International #DayoftheGirl! A NEW DAY is on the horizon. When we vote, we can create widespread transformation not only for ourselves but for generations to come. #NovemberisComing
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If you’re in NYC, join me tonight to celebrate sisterhood with @shesthefirst! Get your ticket now at shesthefirst.org/dayofthegirl
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Ps created this one using my lovely new paint set from @caseformaking
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Happy International #dayofthegirl ! A NEW DAY is on the horizon. When we vote, we can create widespread transformation not only for ourselves but for generations to come. #novemberiscoming . If you’re in NYC, join me tonight to celebrate sisterhood

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@shesthefirst 🙌🏽 we can’t wait!!

Are we ready to usher in a new era?
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[swipe right] These words are from the enlightened faith leader and activist, Valarie Kaur:
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“The Wise Woman in me sees my sadness and sits with it. She does not shame it. She honors it. She knows that the new court will make the labor for justice harder and more painful, not for years but for decades. She knows I’m tired. She knows that I feel hopeless. She also knows that I don’t need hope in order to choose to show up and labor in love anyway. She knows that love will sustain me until hope returns.”
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“Today I breathe with my son and my lover and my sister and the sky and the sea. Today I remember all that is beautiful and good and worth fighting for. Today I remember that the labor for justice has gone on for centuries before me and will go on for centuries after me. Today I remember that I am not alone — that if millions of women are listening to the wisdom within them too, and still choose to return to the work, then we WILL usher in a new era — where women are believed, where women lead. Starting in November. Today we breathe. Tomorrow we push.” #BreatheAndPush #NovemberIsComing
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Are we ready to usher in a new era? . [swipe right] These words are from the enlightened faith leader and activist, Valarie Kaur: . “The Wise Woman in me sees my sadness and sits with it. She does not shame it. She honors it. She knows that the new

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I have been repeating this mantra to myself lately. I’ll do everything in my power to help usher in a new day for our country (grab ‘em by the MIDTERMS) but I’m also focusing on being smart with how I use my energy. Show up. Do your best. Surrender the rest. Just don’t surrender your power. Succumbing to negative energies will only slow us down. Let’s be unwavering in our hope for a new day and act upon THAT.  Have a beautiful Monday, friends.
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I have been repeating this mantra to myself lately. I’ll do everything in my power to help usher in a new day for our country (grab ‘em by the MIDTERMS) but I’m also focusing on being smart with how I use my energy. Show up. Do your best. Surre

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@samahsafi 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻

Holding tight to Eleanor Roosevelt’s luminous words that Anita Hill once hung on her office door. See how connected we are? One woman’s words spoken today can have great, lasting impact on us tomorrow.
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Holding tight to Eleanor Roosevelt’s luminous words that Anita Hill once hung on her office door. See how connected we are? One woman’s words spoken today can have great, lasting impact on us tomorrow.

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So much gratitude for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s bravery.  When will our country commit to eradicating violence against women? To ending rape culture?
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This woman, makes me want to do better, be better. Her courage blows my mind. She’s standing up for me, she’s standing up for you, regardless of the consequences for her. She’s our hero. Thank you Dr. Ford. ️#ibelieveher #hero #drchristineblaseyford
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So much gratitude for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s bravery. When will our country commit to eradicating violence against women? To ending rape culture? #repost from @dr__lauren ・・・ This woman, makes me want to do better, be better. Her courag

Oftentimes women put themselves in harms way to help advance our society. These women are heroes. Heart broken and enraged that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has to publicly relive her trauma today in what feels like a trial and that the prosecutor’s expectation is that she remember every detail. And without an FBI investigation that she’s requested. Yet I am so so grateful for her bravery in coming forward. Thank you thank you thank you. And thank you to Anita. #BelieveWomen #SpeakTruthtoPower #AnitaHill #BelieveChristine #BelieveSurvivors
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Oftentimes women put themselves in harms way to help advance our society. These women are heroes. Heart broken and enraged that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has to publicly relive her trauma today in what feels like a trial and that the prosecutor’s e

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@iamthatgirl ❤️

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Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and it’s so important that I’m posting about it twice!
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Check if you’re registered and if your address is current at nationalvoterregistrationday.org.
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Then SHARE this post today and urge your friends to do the same. We are going to rise up together this November in #RevolutionaryLove. We will vote to elect leaders who STAND UP to dangerous policy and acts of hate that threaten our most vulnerable communities.
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Thank you to @valariekaur for lending her visionary words and voice to collaborate on this artwork.
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Today is #nationalvoterregistrationday and it’s so important that I’m posting about it twice! . Check if you’re registered and if your address is current at nationalvoterregistrationday.org. . Then SHARE this post today and urge your friends to

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@womenshistory 💪💪💪

(sound on) “Let us reclaim the right to vote as act of love — love for our communities, our children, our planet, and the future of our democracy. A single vote is a declaration. All our votes together? A REVOLUTION.” - @valariekaur
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I can’t remember how I stumbled upon the words and wisdom of activist and faith leader Valarie Kaur but I’ll never forget the moment I did. It happened while families were being separated at the border. When I watched her sermon, the one that’s been viewed over 30 million times and for good reason - I sobbed at my computer. Like, big ugly tears. She likened these dark, turbulent times that America is experiencing to the labor pains during childbirth. The pain and the discomfort is purposeful and necessary in order to welcome beautiful transformation - in order to socially reform. These times we live in call us to be bigger and braver than ever before - to expand and love harder than we’ve ever loved. Love for ourselves, our neighbors, and even our opponents. I watch this sermon often when I need the reminder. Valarie, I love you. Thanks for being a lighthouse for us all.
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Today is National Voter Registration Day and I’m honored to partner with this visionary woman in bringing her words to life with a reminder of the importance of voting with #RevolutionaryLove this November 6. We must vote to protect all who are in harm’s way. We must resist dangerous policies and acts of hate that threaten our most vulnerable communities.
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Register to vote by visiting rockthevote.org. The @theskimm also has a great voting guide.
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Learn more about the Revolutionary Love movement by visiting www.revolutionarylove.net. To watch Valarie’s sermon and TEDTalk, go to www.valariekaur.com. Please spread the message. ️ #NationalVoterRegistrationDay
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(sound on) “Let us reclaim the right to vote as act of love — love for our communities, our children, our planet, and the future of our democracy. A single vote is a declaration. All our votes together? A REVOLUTION.” - @valariekaur . I can’t

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@valariekaur @kimothy.joy I love you both!

@valariekaur Thank you @kimothy.joy for your LIFE-GIVING art. You nourish and inspire me every day with your sparkling imagination. This caption today brought tears to MY eyes. So honored & excited to partner with you! Let’s be brave together.

Who else is in a creative rut? ‍️As uncomfortable as they can be, they’re also nudges to take a different direction or try something new. Don’t rush your rut. You never know what’s on the other side of it.
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Who else is in a creative rut? ‍️As uncomfortable as they can be, they’re also nudges to take a different direction or try something new. Don’t rush your rut. You never know what’s on the other side of it.

“It takes courage to say yes to REST and PLAY in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” - @brenebrown

Your productivity is not a reflection of your worth. Take care of yourself ️
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“It takes courage to say yes to REST and PLAY in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” - @brenebrown Your productivity is not a reflection of your worth. Take care of yourself ️

I haven’t been posting because Luca and I are sick but had to share a quick recap from last weekend. I think teaching watercolor portrait workshops is my new favorite thing!! Thank you so much for hosting me @dallasmuseumart and thanks to all who attended. It was really cathartic to share my artist and womanhood journey with you as vulnerable as it felt! I’m grateful for the opportunity and it was so fun meeting each of you! Perfect way to spend my birthday weekend. Keep painting!! (much love to @jennvg and @cat.k.huynh for the pics)PS I still don’t have my original IG name @kimothyjoy after my account was hacked 2 weeks ago. And @instagram isn’t that concerned with helping me reclaim it. But this is me now = @kimothy.joy 🤷‍️
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I haven’t been posting because Luca and I are sick but had to share a quick recap from last weekend. I think teaching watercolor portrait workshops is my new favorite thing!! Thank you so much for hosting me @dallasmuseumart and thanks to all who a

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#thatswhatHEsaid  #Repost @barackobama bringing us the HOPE.
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“This is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us, as citizens of the United States, need to determine just who it is that we are. Just what it is that we stand for. And as a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, I delivered a simple message to students at the University of Illinois today. You need to vote, because our democracy depends on it.

The biggest threat to our democracy doesn't come from any one person. The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference. The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism – a cynicism that’s led too many people to turn away from politics, and to stay home on Election Day.

The antidote to government by the powerful few is democracy by the organized many.

If you get involved, and engaged, and knock on some doors, and talk with your friends, and argue with your family members, and change some minds, and vote – then something powerful happens. Change happens. Hope happens. With each new candidate that surprises you with a victory, a spark of hope happens. With each new law that helps a kid read, or a poor family find shelter, or a veteran get the support he or she has earned, hope happens. With each new step we take in the direction of fairness, and justice, and equality, and opportunity, hope spreads.

I believe that can be the legacy of your generation. You can be the generation that stood up and reminded us just how precious democracy is, and just how powerful it can be when we fight for it. I believe you will. Because I believe in you. And I’ll be right there alongside you, every step of the way.”
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#thatswhathesaid #repost @barackobama bringing us the HOPE. ・・・ “This is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us, as citizens of the United States, need to determine just who it is that we are. Just what it is that we stand for. An

I’m 34 yrs old today 🤗 and want to share something with you. I started watercolor painting at 30 years old. It began when I was just messing around and giving myself time to play. I was also focused on spending more alone time to heal myself after a hard break up. My background is in fine art/commercial art but I hadn’t painted since college. I was doing mainly technical, digital work behind screens. Whatever paid the bills. It was enjoyable but didn’t quite feel like the truest creative expression of me. Returning to painting felt like returning to who I was as a kid. I made it a habit to practice daily. And I haven’t stopped since.

“You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.” - Misty Copeland

Misty’s story is much different from my own but I appreciate that she is a leading example of going for that “one thing” we’ve always wanted to try and not letting our age stop us. You really never know where it might all lead and the point is - START. @mistyonpointe  #ThatsWhatSheSaid #VIRGOSEASON
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I’m 34 yrs old today 🤗 and want to share something with you. I started watercolor painting at 30 years old. It began when I was just messing around and giving myself time to play. I was also focused on spending more alone time to heal myself aft

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@shesthefirst Happy, happy birthday to one of our favorites!! 🎉💕

@womenshistory 🎈Happy Birthday Kimothy 🎈

@hannah_gadsby reminds us that no matter what you’re going through, you can emerge stronger. Tag a woman in your life who has rebuilt herself.
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@hannah_gadsby reminds us that no matter what you’re going through, you can emerge stronger. Tag a woman in your life who has rebuilt herself.

Here’s some #MondayMotivation for ya. #repost from my beautiful friend @lucille_irl because she manifested this very moment AND she made this dress from a duvet cover! #createyoself #manifest 
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Santorini - Summer, 2018.
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Would you believe that this is the exact scene I envisioned when I made this dress out of an old duvet cover last year? An image popped in my head of me in Greece, in this exact dress. When I made it, I was between business contracts, and didn’t have enough to splurge on the $300 ones I saw, let alone any plans to go to Greece. Not that it mattered because the dresses I found wouldn’t have fit my curves or been long enough anyway. So I took an old duvet cover, bought some buttons, and made it myself. I don’t sew with pre-made patterns or anything; I take my measurements and make imperfect things.
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I packed the dress with me on a trip earlier this year, and took some self-portraits, which I loved and shared with you all here. I figured it was as close as I would get to that initial image I had in my mind.
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A few months ago, I convinced my family that we should go to Greece for our family trip, and this little village was just up the road from where we stayed. I took my brother as a semi-willing participant, and I finally got this photo.
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I’m not a photographer or a seamstress or travel blogger or fashion editor. I have only ever gotten as good at anything as I needed to realize my vision for what I want to make in the world. I often wonder if this approach is flawed, but despite all of the other things I’ve done and intentions I’ve set since this image popped in my head last year, somehow the universe and I met in the middle on this one. It gives me hope that for some of the bigger dreams I have, the universe will meet me again.
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Here’s some #mondaymotivation for ya. #repost from my beautiful friend @lucille_irl because she manifested this very moment AND she made this dress from a duvet cover! #createyoself #manifest ・・・ Santorini - Summer, 2018. . Would you believe

ditto, Georgia.
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ditto, Georgia.