Pick Me Up Journal
Pick Me Up Journal
Pick Me Up Journal
Pick Me Up Journal
Pick Me Up Journal

Pick Me Up Journal

Regular price $ 15.00 $ 0.00

Pick Me Up is an interactive (shhh art therapy) book-journal-guide-thing from the artist and author of 1 Page at a Time that will help you write and draw your own way through the dark parts. 

This weird, optimistic book pushes you along with unexpected prompts, “existential activities,” some dark humor, and pages that keep you #connected, even when you feel alone. More than anything, you’ll build your own guide now for figuring sh*t out later – because someone telling you to “cheer up” is infuriating, but a pep talk from yourself might just work.

Pick it up and leave your mark. When you come back, leave a little more. Watch yourself change as you record and reflect on where you are and where you’re going.



Praise for Pick Me Up:

"Pick Me Up is riddled with advice, quirky illustrations, and questionable dad jokes. By poking fun at society's unrealistic expectations surrounding eternal happiness, Kurtz instead works to assist his readers in arriving at their own unique pursuit of contentment..." –VICE

"Adam J. Kurtz is a magician: the alchemist of paper and pencil, rendering our inner lives visible, tactile and full of potentiality. He reminds us that creativity is the coolest of all resources-infinite, fun, free-and that we are blessed to have it." –Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today

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COVID19 Updates
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Return Policy
Made-to-order Items
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Product Availability


Contact Information:

Send all order questions to shop@adamjk.com!!!!! Please remember I am a human person when you email. Press requests or new business can go to studio@adamjk.com. Thanks! <3


COVID19 Shipping and Safety: 

Shipping times may be a little longer than usual, as USPS is experiencing domestic delivery delays in some areas. International shipping appears to be taking longer than expected as well, particularly at the stage where they leave the USA to international countries. This is entirely out of my control and hopefully will resolve itself in the near future. At this time I do not offer expedited international shipping, as the cost is simply too high to be practical.

All my items ship from either the fulfillment warehouse I use, or from the made-to-order printer. Both are larger companies than just me alone at home, and are implementing their own safety protocols at this time to handle my orders along with their many other clients. Made to order items (apparel, prints, and tote bags – always noted on the bottom of the page) are experiencing delays of up to 20 business days as the printer's facilities continue to work safely.

As always we are doing our best and you can email with any questions! :)

P.S. The free printable activity pages are here


Custom Gift Messages:

You can now add a custom note to your order! Just a little detail that can make your gift feel extra special, especially when we can't be there in person.

Look for the option at the bottom of the cart page (before starting checkout) and we'll do the rest. This free option makes use of space on the packing slip we already use, so it does not require any extra paper or waste. This can only be included for items we ship, so made-to-order apparel, prints, tote bags, and mugs will not apply. 


Shipping Information:

All domestic orders are sent via US Postal Service First Class. International orders are sent USPS First Class International via Globegistics, an eCommerce mailing service that has enabled me to bring your postage cost way down! Your order will typically be sent out within 2 days, and then you'll receive a confirmation email with a tracking link. Domestic First Class shipping usually takes 3-5 business days, and International is about 2 weeks, though it can vary by country. Tracking is available for many, but not all countries.

At this time I am no longer shipping to every country. It was not an easy decision, but after one too many lost packages, I can't in good faith offer shipping everywhere anymore. Available destinations will be shown at checkout, and unfortunately if your country is not shown as an option, I can no longer ship to you. I know this completely sucks and I put off making this decision for a long time, but there's simply not an economical way to send your items to you at this time. Thank you for understanding and please know how sad I am about this. I am so grateful for your support and interest in my work and products.

Postage is calculated at checkout depending on the overall weight and destination country and can range from $4 to $20+. I work with a fulfillment partner to offer lower international postage prices than previously possible but I know in some cases it can still add up. Orders that include items from multiple sources (a book from me, plus a made-to-order apparel item direct from the printer) will reflect the separate postage fees in one rate.

Customs/import fees vary by country and are the responsibility of the customer. Please be aware that these might be required before a package is released by your local postal service. I am not able to lie on customs forms or otherwise bypass this requirement.


Made to Order Items:

Apparel, hats, tote bags, prints, and a few other items are made to order by a third-party printer. This allows me to offer a wider range of sizes and color options without taking up too much space or guessing on what people might want. The quality is great, and I have been working with the same printer for nearly three years now with very few issues ever. Individual product pages will have sizing and garment information when available.

These items ship to you directly from the printer once they are produced, so it might take an extra few days for them to be made, depending on how many orders the printer has at the time. This also means the items will ship separately from other items in your order, and separately from each other (for example, a print and a t-shirt will ship separately because the print needs to go in a poster tube). 

Items shipped direct from the printer do not come with any tiny bonus surprises (usually I include a mini pencil in my orders – hopefully I haven't ruined the surprise by writing this here). 


Return Policy:

Returns are generally not accepted. In the rare case of items damaged in transit or an incorrect order, I am happy to work with you on a replacement. 


Purchasing Directly vs. Other Retailers:

Everything on this site is designed by me, but not all of it is published/produced by me personally. For example, my books are in collaboration with Penguin Random House. 

I always want you to purchase from wherever is most economical for you. If you have a giftcard to another store or can save a few bucks, I think that's awesome. If you prefer to purchase directly from me, that's great too. Either way I appreciate that you like what I make and want to own it for yourself. :)

You can see all my stuff that's currently on Amazon here. I earn an affiliate commission when purchases are made via this link!

Many of my books and items are available at other retailers too. While selection and availability may vary, I maintain a partial stockist list, and you can find a local bookseller here.


General Availability:

A lot of items are created in small batches or as one-off ideas and when they're gone, they're gone! If you really love something, don't wait! It's the worst feeling when something is sold out for good and I have to reply to your email and tell you that.

I'm mainly just trying to have fun and make nice stuff and sometimes I get bored or tired of something or it's a flop (lmao) and I never reprint. I also suggest joining my email list for infrequent updates on restocks, new items, and other projects. Also it's a fun email usually.



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