Stace LeFevre

Contributed to: Invisible Illness: Anxiety - Pages 61-62

Tell us something about yourself! 
Hi! I'm Stacy LeFevre, I'm 28-years old and live in the Seattle area. I work as a freelance artist and illustrator and have a day job sorting books for a local library system. I live with my cat and familiar, Oliver. I like to hike, watch cartoons, catch up on reading (especially comics), search for the best chai tea latte, and listen to podcasts.

What kind of art do you usually draw? 
Usually, I draw fantasy creatures that will someday become a story. The most prevalent critters I draw are sprites, which base their appearance off of different flowers and plants. I primarily paint them with watercolors. I also love drawing me and my party's D&D characters. Hopefully, I'll have some time to draw comics about our adventures in the future. Lastly, I am making a webcomic about my anxiety and my depression called "Strange But Beautiful." It will be coming back from hiatus later this year.

What got you interested in working with the Anxiety anthology? 
Anxiety has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. I felt really isolated and alone as our relationship started, since it was never apparent that my friends or family struggled with extreme anxiety. Even to this day, I often feel that I'm facing this alone. A couple of years ago, I started my webcomic - as it was something I always wanted to do, but anxiety convinced me that it wasn't worth anyone's time. Regardless, I posted the pages online and soon enough, I got feedback from others how much they related to my comic. Friends, family, and even strangers - it's heartwarming to know that you really aren't alone. When I heard about the Anxiety anthology, I knew I had to contribute a piece to it, as I can already sense how much of an impact this will make. I'm honored to be a part of it and hope that it helps normalize anxiety for everyone.

Tell us a little bit about your piece for the anthology! 
Doctor Brené Brown studies psychology, especially in regards to being vulnerable. She speaks of foreboding joy, "Scarcity and fear drive the foreboding joy. We’re afraid that the feeling of joy won’t last, or that there won’t be enough, or that the transition to disappointment (or whatever is in store for us next) will be too difficult. We’ve learned that giving in to joy is, at best, setting ourselves up for disappointment and, at worst, inviting disaster. And we struggle with the worthiness issue. Do we deserve our joy, given our inadequacies and imperfections? What about the starving children and the war-ravaged world? Who are we to be joyful?" Anxiety definitely wedges itself between myself and joy, and it can be incredibly difficult for me to accept joy, being afraid of crashing back down into anxiety and having it tell me "I told you so." So that inspired me to create this comic, that it's okay for me to feel joy and to do my best to not mind my anxiety. Easier said than done, that's for sure - but having a reminder is always helpful.

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