How to settle down more quickly & healthily in a new place

So I’ve been in LA for the past couple of weeks and it’s not my first time here but I was digging through some past illustrations and I found this piece on settling down in a new place that I did for Instructables and thought I’d share it here. I did the original one with colored pencils back when I was in Buenos Aires here but this version I did on Photoshop with my tablet is much easier to read 🙂 Hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for updates on my tiny house building and other summer in LA news! You can also follow me on Instagram where I post almost daily.



About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. I absolutely love this! Maybe a series of illustrations like this on all the different places you’ve been to?

    • Hehe that’s quite a project since I’ve been to over 20 countries and who knows how many cities 😉 But maybe one at a time! I do have quite a few posts on my “favorites of ______” that you should check out!
      Thanks for commenting ❤

  2. These are all great! Wonderful advice for travelers or new transplants. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Sure thing 😉 Glad you like the advice Andrew ❤ Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

  4. haley

    I have loved this for quite some time! Such great advice. Hope you’re well!

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