I also am an artist. For years I did batik in my home studio while raising my son and was state juried. I also designed a line of batik Celtic design t-shirts and built my own online store and sold hundreds of shirts. I have some on Etsy now but I don’t have a studio at this time but hope to again and incorporate that into my business and life again. I still do some art projects to make money like paint loon decoys to sell.
I keep pressing on and going forward. I keep my chin up as much as possible. — I work at being resilient. I work hard at it. I am very fortunate to have a great husband who is supportive. I also have a great son who is off in the world (but not too far away!) and is getting married this summer, in 2020. I will be sharing my journey to lose weight in a healthy way before that big day.
Here’s something kind of interesting:
I identify with the image of a tree hanging on to the side of a cliff, and let me tell you why. This is strangely enough, an image I have been drawing since a small child. I found one of these drawings a couple years ago and I was so surprised that I’d used this my whole life. The drawing was from about the age of six. I have versions of it drawn in high school and college and I wonder why I was always drawn to it. Or…drawn to drawing it… Do you ever wonder if there are, like, mystical reasons why some things happen? Why would I automatically draw this throughout my whole life? It’s interesting. I now feel that this was my “emblem”. And I guess it kind of makes perfect sense now. Resiliency. Toughness. Out on a limb.
I also am one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from tinnitus, a tribe I would prefer to not be affiliated with but alas, here I am. Yes, here I am — and here’s to resilience — and the future!