Circle of friends
During this 31 days of painting I am participating in, my motivation waxes and wanes. Add a pandemic and political upheaval to the mix and some days I wonder why I doing this, what the point is, have not felt motivated to paint some days and certainly didn't want to post what I did paint.
At the exact right moment last week, I messaged a friend online and my bad attitude kind of peeked through. I'm not sure I was even very aware of it. But she picked up on it with her intuitive heart and just cheered me up with life affirming words, making me realize I have all of the hope and courage I need, when I step out in faith. Lucky me.
Then yesterday I had a conversation with another friend in which we discussed my art. Now, I am someone who has lots and lots of ideas and creativity, but not always the organization or focus to bring it all together. I have sticky notes everywhere, notebooks of ideas, etc. I have been working on streamlining all of this into my website and making a strategy, but then get overwhelmed. You get the idea.
My friend just absolutely met me where I was, reflected back to me a focused vision of what I want, gave me words of wisdom where I was being negative, and illuminated a pathway where I could see not only the next step, but the next 10 steps I need to take in my art career. Wicked smart and insightful, she gave me clarity, insight and guidance in approaching my work that I had not been able to see. I finished that conversation feeling like the cloud that had taken up residence in my brain had been swept away!
I am so thankful for my community of girlfriends right now. Not being able to have the same conversations with my mom as I used to has left a void and I am forever grateful for the encouragement, support, feedback, inspiration and love of friends. Women have always been the community builders, creators of circles of wisdom, support and encouragement givers, and helpers. We have never needed the invaluable nurturing and affirming of friends more than now.
Girlfriends, I am grateful for you!!!