identity. belonging. expat life.
Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.
Living abroad confronts us in ways we never knew how.
It simultaneously challenges us AND feeds our soul.
As an illustrator I bring to life what people feel but can’t find the words to express. I go to the heart of their emotions to create a sense of Belonging.
Drinking coffee creates space to reflect, listen and hear the hidden voices around me: People navigating ‘otherness’ through IDENTITY and BELONGING and EXPAT LIFE.
It creates division, prejudice and suffering.
We are all someone else’s ‘other’
Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance.
Continue the Connection
It's quite a revelation when you realise you've changed. The change is often so slow and subtle that you don't even notice.
And then wham!
It whacks you. Something you've always done now seems unfathomable and you know you've changed.
For me it was hearing an Australian accent. An accent that was so normal for me for 30 years.
Then suddenly it grated on me, the cultural cringe was enormous. I shocked myself.
Now, several years on, I love the Australian accent. It makes me smile and gives comfort. ...
Is it our childhoods or adult life that makes us? What filters do we see the world through?
Although, I've lived in the UK for almost 14 years, I think I still see the world through my Australian eyes.
It defines so much of my attitudes and approach to life. What scares me sometimes is a feeling that I'm losing that part of me the longer I stay away.
I try to go back regularly and go back especially the places that feed me....landscapes mainly.
How do your experiences filter your view of the world? ...
See you on facebook at 2pm British Summertime. ...
This is the place that I'm lucky enough to live in southern UK.
It's an incredible place with stunning views, amazing artworks, a world heritage landscape full of fossils, and an all round beautiful island. ...
Or lost in translation...... I've been there.
Australian English and British English are two VERY different players.
I hate to think who I might have offended without realising it and they said nothing.
But I also smile a lot when I think of the funny misunderstandings. ...
I've tried to think about all the different ways in which two toilets in the same space is okay.
I'm yet to find one.
Any clues? ...
Sydney, my love. My birth city and my soul city. City, wildlife, harbour, beaches, history, art, culture, food. It's an incredible city.
1. City terraces
2. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
3. Wildlife - Rainbow Lorikeets
4. Oh how I love you a Sydney flat white. Silky smooth coffee. ...
Thank you all for your support this week!
There were times I never thought I'd get to launch week, but here we are at the end of it. Quite wonderful!! I'm truly grateful for everyone's support, your enthusiasm, your purchases and for sharing on your own social networks.
Yes, it's my shop, but I truly want it to be a place where we all find a sense of belonging.
And a place that brings us all joy.
And be sure to check back. New products and personalisation of products will be coming soon.
Cath x ...
Or you're in lockdown/quarantine!
Country love.... As long as the landscape is arid and desert like, I'll love it. It's desert all the way for me. My heart is in the Australian desert, but other deserts are my joy.
Flat, dry, open and hot and I'm happy.
The desert is so much more than it first appears. The expanse of space feels limitless, the universe opens up to me and I love feeling small in a vast landscape. It's particularly humbling and puts life in perspective.
Life slows. You notice everything on a micro level. Your ears pick up more they they knew they could. Observation skills become razor sharp, the silence is deafening and I can breathe deeply.
100% my happy place.
#MayontheMove @oregongirl_aroundtheworld @thefrustratednester ...
I know it's different, but it sometimes just hits me how different life is.
I wonder what I would be doing if I'd stayed. Would I own my own home? Would I be employed, rather than running my own business? Would I have grown as a person in the ways I have?
Strangely I half miss the unknown potential of staying in my home country. But I also know that life just 'is'. And if ever I start to think that what could have been might have been better, I stop myself.
Firstly, what's better anyway? The grass is not always greener, but the biggest thing that stops me??? Knowing that I wouldn't have met all the people I have and especially those that I now call my dearest friends. ...
We continue to celebrate the launch of my new online shop.
The prize for today's competition is a pack of "Holidays at Home greeting cards", featuring my cartoon 'on the mattress'. Winner announced on facebook at 5pm (BST). ...
What's changed you the most in your global life? ...
Competition time - Day 2
To enter: Go across to facebook.com/drawntoastory ...
The ultimate image and words for a Third Culture Kid. ...
With a name like Cath Brew, this just HAS to be the photo 🤩 Hotel breakfast rooms, coffee shops and restaurants are perfect places for me for photo opportunities. Well, that's my excuse...ahem, I mean, the reason I visit them so much.
Talking of dreams, I realised one of mine yesterday and launched my 1st online shop!!! A range of gifts, featuring my cartoons - all relating to TCKs global life and expats. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 http://www.drawntoastory.com
I've wanted to do this since 2017, so what I once thought was a pipe dream, is now out there for the world to see.
And I couldn't be prouder.🙂
Go, check it out. ...