25th April 2016 Zoe Miranda

5 thortful takeaways to brighten up your mornings!

We all know it can sometimes be hard to get through the week without a little bit of encouragement coming your way. No matter where you get it from, be it friends, colleagues or something you’ve read…thortful wants to give you a little extra boost! Plus, if you are seeking success, you must remember to think successful, inspiring, and motivating thoughts.

Read on to find the words of wisdom that will motivate you in building your business, leading your life and smashing your goals! Our small selection of inspirational greeting cards also make for great desk buddies!


Illustrator: Amalia Lopez

This ‘life is a journey, enjoy the ride‘ has been created by Amalia Lopez. She’s from Oadby, UK a small town in Leicestershire and has loads more fantastic designs that inspire us at thortful HQ on daily basis! If you’re a fan, then we suggest you check out the rest of her collection!


Illustrator: Reba Bangasser

Sometimes the beginning of a new week, can seem like we’re facing an insurmountable challenge. We know the drill: too much to do, too little time to do it; too many people making demands upon your time, all with conflicting agendas. Our thortful tip? Take one step at a time and always keep moving! Breaking tasks down into smaller bitesize pieces, will help you clear your mind and make headway up that mountain. Plus, doesn’t it feel so good when you can take in the fresh air at the top?

This lovely photo with typography overlay has been created by Reba Bangasser, a graphic designer and lettering illustrator from Louisville, Kentucky! If you’re a fan of her work, you can see more of her art here!

Illustrator: Cat Coquillette

Illustrator: Cat Coquillette

Cat Coquillette, from Kansas City, Missouri works mainly with watercolor, ink and gouache. Her thortful collection incorporates bright pops of color and a variety of motifs. Most importantly, her ‘stay curious‘ greeting card seemed apt for motivating us. As Einstein famously said: “The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.”

We’re sure all you creatives know that curiosity is an important trait of a genius. We challenge you to find an intellectual giant who is not a curious person. Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, they are all curious characters.

This cute and beautifully created design from Coquillette, hangs proudly on our wall and keeps us curious – we hope it does you too!

Illustrator: Jimbo Bernaus

Illustrator: Jimbo Bernaus

Jimbo Bernaus, is a visual artist and letterer straight out of Barcelona, Spain. Plant one of his designs in eye-shot to stay motivated all week! We all know that to achieve even the smallest of goals, and to get through life’s daily duties and responsibilities, you have to have some self-confidence and his art is beautiful reminder of that.

The importance of developing a self-confident attitude allows you to wade through the push and pull of different voices and opinions telling you, “yes, no, maybe, do this, do that” etc. There’s no surefire pattern that will make you 100% confident overnight but having a reminder to keep you focused is sure to help.

Illustrator: Aaron Schwartz

Illustrator: Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz can be said to create his designs from experience! Originally from Vancouver, he now lives and works in Switzerland as a freelance designer. Travel has long been known as one of the most direct and visceral ways of feeding the soul. Sometimes we can get bogged down by ruts in life and routine, and travel is one thing that can unlock whole new directions for us to funnel our creative energy, more often than not ushering in entire new eras in artistic development. We see that as a win/win!

Check out our travel inspired cards to make sure you keep exploring!