I am realizing more and more that these 6 months are going to be such an important period of my life. I am taking time off for myself, to recuperate, to take stock of my life. Just to breathe. To be. To live. I will go back to school in February, but right now is the time to heal my soul and to re-define myself. To find new hobbies, explore, volunteer, let go and take in what life has to offer right this moment.
I started with taking art classes. I have always wanted to do that, to paint, to draw, to unleash all that creativity and imagination inside of me. I have always had a creative streak but never really got to explore or develop it. However, with my current finance situation, I am not exactly rolling in it. So I decided to volunteer at the local art studio in exchange for free art classes. Donna, who works at the art studio seemed thrilled to have help and was so excited about the whole thing. I am starting to help out with the art camp next week, in exchange for 3 hours of studio time. Yay!
Art is extremely therapeutic for me. just healing in so many ways. I have the queen of aesthetics, even though I never trained in any sort of decorating or art school. I love all things pretty, all thing imaginative and it is definitely in my nature to be that sensitive to beauty. To be surrounded by paints and possibilities is a dream come true. I love getting messy too, and today I painted in an art class with just my fingers. I created some pretty 3-series mini paintings and the 3 hours just flew by. Helen, who was helping us, was wonderful. She was encouraging and allowed us free reign to go wild with the colours.
Nobody cared that I had never done art in my life, even though I was sitting next to a girl with a higher degree in painting and a local painter who was doing amazing still life oil paintings. We were all so engrossed in our own world. We would encourage each other and admire each other’s work as we went to get more paints or tools. And it was just a wonderful calm creative energy in that room and I thrived in it.
This has been a good week for me, in general, just meeting people, having some fascinating conversations that inspire me and touch my heart. I had some girl time with Paige and Audrey, which was awesome! I love talking to people around town, smiling at random strangers, playing with cute pets that jump up at me, and just walking down Main Street enjoying the small town vibe. I am so meant to be here, right now, and who knows how long I’ll stay?
But I appreciate my alone time too, just being in my own space in the dollhouse and enjoying the moment, whether I am cooking or singing, or cleaning. I am grateful for life today and am so thankful for artistic people in this town.