For some time now, my life seems to be the next reality show, or maybe a soap opera. To put one foor in front of the other is all that I could do some days. Nothing that anyone else hasn't had to deal with, just so much of it in a short period of time.
So, I've promise myself to reclaim some balance, to make some time to do the things I've wanted to do.
I've given myself two gifts, two things that will nourish my soul.
The first just began last night. Well, today really, at least for me. Because, of course, the podcast occurred during "Back to School!" I'm taking a 10 week course, or series of coaching classes, with Lesley Riley. I've taken classes with Lesley and loved them along with her! She's one awesome lady. I'm not sure, lately, what my style is or even where I want to go with my art. The gods have dropped some lovely gifts in my life - publication in books and magazines, and the opportunity to create an art journaling kit. Some opportunities have plainly scared me -the chance to sell postcards of my work, for example. I was just so darn sure that no one would buy them. I was scared to fail, scared to claim the label, "artist." These coaching sessions are meant to help me figure all of this out. Life's flying by, and watching my dad decline has been a catalyst, one that's screaming, "Don't waste your time!" Claim all the experiences you can, young lady. (Well, to an almost 86 year old man, I am, indeed, a young lady.)
And, I've signed up for two classes with Kat, whose work I admire and get lost in. I've already learned so much from her blog, and I am just itching to get started.
Would I rather do these in person than on line? You bet! But, I'm also learning that I can't wait for things to be perfect or for long stretches of time. I need to make it work with the life I am living at the moment. (And, don't get me wrong, that life is pretty darn cool!)
So, I'm putting myself out there and you are all welcome to hold me accountable!