Earlier this month, we had a statewide Resource & Referral meeting. One of the sessions was on art and we had the opportunity to create. At first, I wasn’t going to do it, because that type of stuff is way out of my comfort zone. Then I remembered that I am supposed to be “open” to trying new things  this year. So, I tried the paint pouring technique he showed us and created a mini-collage.

Then on Saturday, I attended a child care conference. I went to the session that a provider friend of mine was leading. When I walked in the door, there was paint, canvases, crayons, coloring sheets, etc. I looked at her and said “This isn’t us, is it?” Well, it was us and I fought against my first instinct (which was to turn and run far, far away) and I stayed.

Here’s something you should know about me. I have what Brene’ Brown would call “art scars”. My early art experiences were not positive. So the fact that I even participated in these events is HUGE for me!

Even as an adult, I have been in classes where people have made fun of me for my lack of skills when it comes to arts/craft type stuff. I have literally burst into tears in the middle of a class (as an adult) because someone made fun of me.

So, here’s to more of being “open” to new experiences in 2023.


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