You go through phases. You have to reinvent reasons for playing, and one year’s answer might not do for another.
~ Yo-Yo Ma
Have you ever reinvented yourself?
I realize, only after having a year of hindsight, that I have been doing exactly that. Or, mostly exactly that. I’ve also been reinventing my bubble, my environment, my world.
Artsy Business Growth
The hubs and I have continued learning all kinds of cool stuff, adding to our repertoire of painting and faux textures. We started with cleaning up and re-coating cabinets, and we have gotten really good at re-coloring cabinets with stain and with paint. We have re-done some cabinets in a distressed, shabby chic style. We have even rebuilt cabinet doors with metal screens as the interior panel!
Recently we started working in concrete, making counter tops and awesome floors and oh, my gosh! Talk about potential for all kinds of arting! Concrete has so many possibilities, from texturing to a myriad of cool coloring techniques. And smoothing it and forming it and playing in it is awesome.
Changes with the Kidlets
I’ve also taken over our kidlets’ education entirely. We were previously schooling at home but following a program. That program has changed so much in the past six years that it is almost unrecognizable compared to the original program. The last school year I battled frustration and burn-out and in some cases, anger. The kids were doing way too much busy work and had become tied to the stupid computers.
So we’ve left that program behind. We’re now enjoying a much free-er, livelier, exciting learning adventure together!! :)
Personal and Artistic Growth
And I’ve also been plowing through some personal and artistic growth and expansion…and rebirth. I’ve been getting into the groove of not being totally involved in the making money for the family. Being a bit of a control freak, this part has been harder that I thought it would be. But slowly I am letting go of thinking I have to be in charge of everything :)
That release has led to all kinds of stuff. I feel more relaxed, and more peaceful. I have stronger faith. I have more inspiring energy to give to the kidlets and to making stuff and to my art. Which has also expanded, way beyond my most common outlet of art journaling. My projects are getting larger in scale and braver.
Overall, I have more courage and I feel more, well, more ME. Which then turns around and make all of this bigger.
So where does that land the blog? I’ve actually been missing posting here, and I’ve been amazed that my little corner of the blog-o-sphere still has a life of its own. I still have traffic and activity and see my work show up in the strangest of places!
My goal is to connect the blog to my other online stuff, like our website and Pinterest and all of the fun and creative stuff we’ve been growing. I’d like to include some of the family adventures in life and in learning. Where it goes from there, who knows…but I’m coming out of the fog that’s been enveloping me.
I’m ready to share again, to look out here again, to see the world again!!