Ooh friends, you are in for a real treat today! Meet graphic designer, multi-book author, and avid pun-maker, Becky Simpson. Becky and I have been friends since our post-college days & it’s been wildly inspiring to watch her pursue her passion, grow her business, and launch not one, but TWO books! Her presence is electric and her dedication to brightening peoples day through quirky doodles and funny puns is contagious. Read on & feel inspired to pursue those dreams, no matter what they might be!
HI, BECKY! TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
YOUR NEW BOOK, THE ROOMMATE BOOK, WAS JUST RELEASED – TELL US ABOUT IT!
Yes! I’m really pumped about the new book. I’ve been working on it for the last two years so to have it (finally) here has sent me straight to cloud 9. The publishing process is more cozy the second time around. The Roommate Book is very different from the first one, so that made for some new challenges, but ultimately those challenges were more rewarding in the end. I took more risks with this—inserted more comedy and more writing. It’s a hodgepodge of illustrations, essays, flowcharts, hypotheticals, a bucket list, non-serious craft ideas and pranks. There’s a lot of content, but it’s all fun to consume and easy to digest.
WHAT DID YOU DO TO CELEBRATE?
The book launch signing felt like a celebration (heyo afterparty!). I let myself take the rest of the week really slow. Celebrating is hard! My husband always buys me plants after big accomplishments, so this book came with a beautiful orchid.
HOW DO YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK?
For this, I was inspired by my many years with fun roommates. So many inside jokes made it into the book. I don’t know if readers will think it’s funny or just random (like the grapefruit timer in the gift ideas section), but that’s what brings the book to life. It’s written from my point of view, but it’s meant to be a prompt for starting fun traditions and making memories. In general, my work is inspired by personal experience. If we’re alive, we have a story. Even mundane stories are still stories. Because of this I’ve never had a shortage of ideas.
WHAT HAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST BEEN?
Part of being a professional artist is being a professional, which means it is rare to make art all day. Accounting, marketing and even more menial tasks, like file prepping, have to be done too. The hardest part of what I do is probably just managing all of the moving parts. It takes a lot of discipline to be proactive instead of reactive since there’s always so much that needs to be done.
WHAT IS ONE THING ARTISTS OR AUTHORS WISH THEIR FOLLOWERS KNEW?
1. Reviews (Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Good Reads) are awesome. It’s a big deal to have positive reviews, the more the merrier. Plus, it just makes any author’s day to see someone took the time to write about how it brought them joy.
2. Most designer/artists/authors are more accessible than you think. I respond to all of the replies on my newsletter, Snapchat, etc. Sometimes I’m slow and sometimes it falls through the cracks, but every hello I see makes me really happy. I don’t reach out as much as I should because I assume the person on the other end is too busy, but I don’t think that’s usually true.
IF YOU HAD A SPIRIT COCKTAIL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
THE DRINK I WANT TO BE: There’s this drink at the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio called Only the Besh (at least it was there several years ago). It’s one of those egg white, bourbon, ginger beer, simple syrup, etc. drinks. That’s probably the cocktail I want to be because that would mean I’d get my nails done regularly and wash my car every other Sunday.
THE DRINK I AM: IPA. It’s darn good, but it’s not afraid to skip a workout.
DO YOU HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE YOU STICK TO?
I’m getting back into that. I keep my phone on airplane mode for the first hour or so. My workout clothes are next to my bed so when I wake up, I put them on right away, then go into my reading corner and do my reflecting / quiet time for 30 or so minutes. Then I head to the gym, come home, eat breakfast, and hit the ground running (figuratively of course, because I already had my workout). My studio is at home.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO FEEL INSPIRED? ANY FAVORITE BOOKS, PODCASTS, OR PLACES WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
I always get inspired when I see other people making cool stuff. I also keep an idea notebook (both a physical notebook (this one, specifically) and a note section on my phone (I use the app Google Keep). I think it’s important to give our ideas a home. Whenever I do that (try to write new ideas every day), it seems that it gets easier and easier to come up with new ideas.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE EVER-INSPIRING BECKY SIMPSON?
I’m always trying to embody the spirit of the book: create memories and make space for play. I mean, there’s a bucket list for Pete’s sake. I’m also working really hard on Chipper Things—everything from making the website the best possible experience to getting into new stores.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO FIND MORE FUN BECKY-APPROVED STUFF?