Meet Bev, the #mentalhealthawareness Warrior Behind @sozzij


What role does Instagram play in your life?

This year, a huge one. It sounds so silly, but this year as I’ve been unwell it’s really kept me going and given me something to keep me occupied. It’s amazing how much support we get on there, as a community. I’d have never got so into my art if it weren’t for my IG family!  


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What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

One without pain or discomfort, one where we’re happy and we just do what we feel like doing all day and we laugh a lot <3.  No worries, no dramas.

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What are some of the choices you’ve made that made you who you are?

Probably the most important lesson is not doing things the way we’re “supposed” to do them. Do it how YOU want to. For instance, a 19 year old isn’t supposed to open her own pet shop, but I did. A 28 year old “artist” might feel like she needs to draw like that person does, or in this or that style, or in realism or abstract!

But seriously, just forget all of the do’s and don’ts and do YOU. Nothing ever changes if no one ever challenges things.

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If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Tolerance. This is super personal. I’ve always had a really short temper, I can’t tolerate anything on bad days, not even the whirr of my laptop. I’d love to wake up and be more like my partner, the most patient and tolerant person in the world.

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What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Not giving up when it gets tough. I’ve wanted to give up, but I’ve fought for things all my life. I’ll always fight for what I really believe in, with everything I have.

Dead ends and stop signs everywhere ⛔🔙

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Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

I have a lot of little dreams – road trips, finishing our home renovation, having my work in a gallery! The thing that always gets in the way is money, well, money or health. But there’s always time for things to change!

It’s a trap!

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Where do you find inspiration?

Mostly from myself and my emotions. Other times my Partner. Sometimes conversations with friends… there’s usually an emotional link, particularly in my illustrations. Although sometimes it’s just nonsense of course! Instagram is fantastic for inspiration too, the art community is just wonderful, and not only inspiring but so supportive.

The best way to relax?

Drawing or painting are the closest I have ever got to meditation. Other than that I’m never more relaxed than I am having a good cuddle in bed.

If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner, who would it be?

I honestly don’t know right now! I think there’d be a different answer for every mood, it would depend on the kind of conversation I’d want at the moment. Right now I’m not sure my brain could handle anything too deep, so I’d pick someone who could make me laugh… Sarah Millican because she’s bloody lovely and her voice alone makes me happier.

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A book or a film that transformed your life?

I don’t think anything has ever “transformed” my life. I think things have let me feel like less of an idiot on occasion, and I must say Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison definitely did that!



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