|Multi-media painting on upcycled wood with upcycled frame|
A crazy ride.
It's been a rollercoaster in my world lately.
Moving at the speed of light.
In fact, for my birthday this year -
my kids surprised me with a trip to a local amusement park.
A good portion of the day was spent riding roller coasters.
I took on that adventure with a sense of symbolism -
life is a rollercoaster - and one hell of a lot of fun!
And throughout this experience, I have had the chance to jump and jump high.
A few things that have happened. . .
I signed papers for my divorce. That was strange and disconcerting.
But deep down, I knew it was the right thing to do.
Full of every range of emotion possible.
I was able to participate in "the" show of the year.
This was a show I have wanted to participate in for over 6 years - but I was never brave enough to jury in for it.
This year - I took the leap.
I was accepted.
I participated this weekend.
And it was a tremendous success for me.
I was surrounded by some of the most talented women artists in the region.
I was humbled to be a part.
I have been working on a huge PO for one of my wholesale accounts.
The biggest ever.
I was brave and went in and talked to the buyer.
We expanded my line with their stores.
I conquered my gremlin on that one and it paid off.
I have reconnected with old friends.
Friends I haven't spoken with in almost 30 years.
And it feels good.
I have rekindled these relationships and wondered why they were neglected for so long.
It has felt like a warm homecoming.
These are people who knew me well and understand who I am, who I was, and what makes my soul leap.
We have shared laughs, tears, and many wonderful memories.
I have taken mini-vacations to replinish my soul and feed my inspiration.
I have listened to new music.
Looked at amazing art.
Read uplifting books.
I have gone into collaboration with a new business associate.
My work can now be found as a needlepoint patterns at
I have been putting new ideas out there and experiencing the joy of
reaping the rewards.
Now don't get me wrong -
the last four months have been full of a lot of sadness, frustration and a little anger as well.
There has been discouragement.
There has been a constant sense of being overwhelmed.
There has been fear . . .more fear than you can possibly imagine.
But friends and family keep stepping in and lightening the burden.
They have encouraged and lifted me up.
But I am here to say -
I have tested the theory.
I have jumped . . .
and I think I have seen a few wings sprouting back there.
Have you tried it yet?
Go on - jump.
And jump HIGH!