Being in a healthy relationship is a beautiful, beautiful thing, but let's face it — most of us have to deal with a ton of bullshit before we get there. In 2016, that means endlessly swiping on Tinder, criticizing text messages more than you criticized novels in your college English class, and going on too many terrible first dates to count.
Julie Houts knows these modern dating struggles very well. The 29-year-old womenswear designer at J.Crew and Brooklyn-based artist uses these experiences as inspiration for her quirky and incredibly relatable illustrations. She draws everything from the ingredients you'll need to make a cute outfit to feeling "wiry haired crunchy yoga woman" envy on Monday mornings, but our favorite illustrations show the ups and downs of looking for love.
"I used to go on marathon weeks of dating where I'd be meeting people three or four days a week. It was sort of emotionally exhausting," Houts told The Huffington Post. "The truth is, I'm a pretty miserable dater. I just try to find the humor in dates."
On her Instagram account @jooleeloren, she shares humorous sketches complete with speech bubbles that say the things we've all thought. Her drawings have helped her grow her following on the platform to over 102,000 people. She also sells prints of her work on her website.
Houts herself is no longer single, but she is still creating drawings that revolve around dating. "The cruel gods of Tinder finally decided that I had suffered enough and smiled upon me," she told HuffPost.
Hopefully, they'll do the same to everyone else who feels like they've been on the app too long.
Check out some of her illustrations below: