Tuesday, April 2, 2013

you are made of yes



I joined several lovely ladies for a painting class one evening recently, and it rekindled my passion for painting and creating art. Over the last couple of years, I’ve replaced my paintbrushes with a baby. And though I have absolutely no regret in that decision, I’ve rediscovered a piece of me that I’ve somewhat lost.


One of the things I have to practice is saying yes to being me. Having “me” time. The farther away things are my from family time, the more likely I am to say no. I'm learning to get around this impulse. I try to change my automatic internal dialogue into something more hopeful. Hopeful that I will able to find more time in my schedule to fulfill my creative needs.

I have found that the process of creativity is a very fluid one. When you are creative, it feels unstoppable, as if it could go on forever and never end. This is just who you are. A creative machine. Though, it does not mean you are always confident in what you create. Taking chances is part of the territory. Every blank page is the chance to make a masterpiece. Or a disaster.

Learning to get out there, becoming comfortable with the risk,
trying things that you've never done before... facing your fears... this is part of being an artist. This is part of being a human, actually. It's a hard lesson, and sometimes you have to relearn it.



You are made of yes. You are made of growth and fertility and creativity.

What are you hiding from out of fear? What could you say yes to that might change your life? What chances could you take that would open up possibilities for you? Where could you be brave. Practice saying yes everyday to something that scares you. You might be surprised at how your world can bloom.

Notice how different my painting is from the instructor’s? From the entire class. It doesn't matter that I didn’t like the plain red flowers?  Or that they sorta reminded me of roses. And roses I don’t like.

What matters is I went all the way in and trusted my abilities and my judgment and gave it a go. What matters is I took it to the end of the journey and didn't give up. What matters is that I made it. I thought of it, dreamed it, planned it, trouble shot it, detailed it, put it all together and then put it out into the world. I mean, gave it to my husband.

Make a craft. Construct a painting. Cook a meal. Knit a hat. Write a novel. Decorate a home. Develop a business. Make a life. Create yourself. Those things are not you, and yet, the making of them makes you.

What are you making?

35 comments:

  1. Yes! Mandi, that is amazing. Your work is really good.

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    1. You're so kind to me. Thank you for always being such a loyal fan.

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  2. I have heard those painting classes are a lot of fun- glad you enjoyed it and found a piece of yourself again!

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    1. They're so much fun! If you get an opportunity to attend, take it. You don't have to have any artistic background -- they will teach you technique. But if you go, you must promise to tell me all about it. XOXO

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  3. Such great inspiration for the day! I love this ides of saying "yes" to creation. Just beautiful Mandi.

    xo

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  4. "When you are creative, you feel unstoppable" is exactly why I started blogging and pursuing some other writing related dreams of mine. It's pretty incredible how fulfilled you feel if you allow time for yourself and what you love!
    Love it!
    Adrienne

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    1. Nail on the head, my friend! When you make time for "self," you make for a better person, friend, wife, mother, etc. Make time for self!

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  5. LOVE this! It's awesome! :)

    I am so excited to read your blog! It's lovely!
    Your newest follower on GFC and Bloglovin. I hope you follow back so we can stay in touch xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Rachael! I'm honored that you have visited me and decided to become a fan of mine. It warms my heart so! I will definitely follow you back!

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  6. I love this and I love all creative people.
    I love painting, sculpture photography and good designe and I try do it
    It's a nice painting class

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    1. Joanna, no doubt we'll be great friends -- we love all the same things! Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you!

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  7. Great work! Taking photographs and making them look as good as possible in postproduction is something that really makes me happy. Painting is just so much more difficult. I am happy for you giving it a try though. Go girl!

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    1. Marko, the irony is that I find painting easy. It's the photography that stumps me. Learning my camera, it's functions and the lenses are daily challenges for me. And I look at other's photos and I'm like "why can't I can my camera to do that?!!?!"

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  8. Good for you to do something brave! I hope you find a lot of fun in your work.

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you! I am having loads of fun. I look forward to sharing some of my recent projects with you all in the near term.

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  9. Is that bottom painting yours? Beautiful! I love it! How nice to get some 'me time' that results in something you can take away and treasure.
    Nikki

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    1. I couldn't have said it better -- if I'm going to splurge on the few "me" time opportunities I get, I hope to make them as beneficial as possible. Thanks for liking my painting, but moreso for being here, reading my words. I appreciate you!

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  10. I love your closing paragraph in this post mandi!!

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    1. Really? Thank you, Amy -- that sure means a lot. What sounds sensible in my head may not always make sense to my audience, so thank you for ensuring me that it does. Grateful you're here!

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  11. I love the art work!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog "I am at home" earlier!

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  12. I just love these paintings! I go home to see family often and last time I went to see family my sister, nieces, mother, Sister-inlaw all went to this "Wine and Design" party. We had a blast..I have to do that again. Wish they had something like that here in Australia.
    Handmade at Warratahstree

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    1. You're visiting me all the way from Australia?! How neat! Thank you for your love and support!

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  13. I too am an artist and had dropped the paintbrushes for a while. I still have trouble finding the time most weeks, but I love when I create a new work of art to display in our home. www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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    1. We do the same thing -- really, all the art in our home is our own. The kids even have a wall. It's predominantly works that they've submitted in school contests and rodeo art. I have them matted and framed -- it makes the kids feel special.

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  14. I have 8 kids. Gave up my time, ambitions, hobbies to raise my family. but now comes the best part...I got my time back to peruse whatever dreams or desires I have now plus the joy of seeing my children bloom before my eyes. A recent conversation with my daughter was "Want to go out for some drinks Friday?" I told them we would like to but I have Bible study, lunch with the ladies and then me and dad are going to a party friends..ha! she said look at this role reversal..here are your kids working 50 hours a week and you guys are busy partying!.....
    the painting will always be there, but babies won't.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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    1. Lol -- isn't that sweet? All your many sacrifices to raise your family, are finally bestowing a blessing upon you -- a fulfilling agenda all your own. I love it!

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  15. Very nice painting! I don't think you have to completely loose yourself. Painting is one of those things that you can keep doing. Maybe it will take you a bit longer to finish a project - but you've got to be happy.

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  16. Those are soo pretty! I understand how it feels to trade in yourself for a baby bottle. My kids are 17 years apart. I am back at changing diapers and forgetting me. I think I need a "me" vacation ;D. Thaanks for sharing this and thanks for linkin up at the Show Off Blog Party :D

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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    1. Wow -- 17 years?! There are 10 years between #2 and #3, and it felt like being a first time mom all over again. I assume you felt much the same, 17 years later?

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  17. Very inspiring! I recently found my writing voice again, after taking almost 14 years off to raise the kids....I guess I could have written during that time, but for some reason I never did. Now I'm blogging and having a blast....I'm even writing poetry again. Great post. Love your flowers. Thank you for linking up at Show Off Blog party.

    Jules
    A Dose of Jules

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    1. I love poetry -- would be most honored to read some of yours. Thank for your your support and encouragement -- many blessings to you!

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  18. Thank you for this! I used to paint as well.. babies do have a way of distracting us from taking time to ourselves don't they? lol. Loved the post and your flowers :)
    Thank you for stopping by the Show Off Blog Party this weekend
    Brittany

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    1. Brittany, you are a doll -- thank you for your encouragement! I wish you time for self and fulfillment. XOXO

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  19. Hi Mandi, great post! I realized a long time ago that I needed "me" time and I am so glad that my hubby doesn't mind it when I say I need to "run away" for a bit. It helps me to recharge. This is especially important since my hubby goes away for 6 months on deployment.

    Yay for rekindling your passion and picking up the brush. Take care of you.

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I am incredibly grateful for your comment! I will respond as soon as possible. XOXO, Mandi

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