Growing up I struggled with low self esteem. I was small and pale and wore glasses when they weren't fashionable. In a time when mental health wasn't discussed, I felt that the upheaval in our house was my fault. As a young girl I was painfully shy, extremely introverted and tried so hard to make things better but couldn't.
When I was in college I was approached to model on numerous occasions. I thought this would make me feel better about myself but it didn't. It wasn't until I had my own children and began to research mental illness and alcoholism that I began to understand the importance of setting personal boundaries. I learned that you cannot help someone who doesn't help themselves first.
As I grew older, I was very fortunate to be surrounded by teachers who believed in my creative abilities and they helped me believe in myself. They taught me to work hard and trust my instincts. The more I embrace that, the happier I am.
Now my daughters are grown and they recognize when they need help and get it. They also trust that they are doing what they were meant to do and work hard to achieve their dreams. I am so proud of them.
AIRdirondack Art Project