Life is interesting. I've been so busy, sitting on committees for AirdrieFest, ARTember, Mayor's Nite of the Arts, The AIRdirondack Art Project (sitting on these committees always means commitments outside of them) and also planning workshops and exhibits for the library...as much as I love all of this, it does take its toll when I'm also preparing work for several new exhibits, writing articles and preparing workshops along with an online workshop for FALL 21 SECRETS. I'm not complaining, honestly, but I am a little tired. I'm hoping to get most things wrapped up by the end of next week so that I can take a bit of a break. Just a couple of weeks in nature, that's all I need. And then ARTember will begin which means exhaustion until the end of September...but also a community filled with arts & cultural events for several weeks. It makes me so happy.
My mother-in-law is heading out for a visit this week so my neglected home needs a bit of 'tweaking' and at the same time, our eldest daughter just turned 20 (Was that so long ago? It feels like yesterday though I'm now much closer to 50 which I'm excited for and curious about...) and we're preparing to move her into her new apartment for her third year of University. I never want my family to feel like an after thought as they are the most important part of my life, but I am glad for the wisdom my sister-in-saw shared with me many years ago:
1. First, when I was concerned about how my choices affected others or what other people would think of me, is that people don't think of us as often as we think they do.
2. Second, when my husband and/or I do things that are important for us and/or our family, our daughters will see the sacrifices we made to create a better life for our family and the importance of doing those things that bring us joy ourselves in order to be happier contributing parents, friends and community members.
So...today is filled with a bunch of loose ends to tie up, good conversations (looking forward to it) and hopefully time to paint just for fun.
AIRdirondack Art Project
Alberta (above) +