I love this project that Roberta Pimentel is doing to help out the baby bloggers like myself. I want to introduce myself to the world and have a little bit of an issue getting myself out there. Please visit my page at www.craftyartistkc.wordpress.com
For many years I found myself in a place of depression and pretty much self-loathing. I hated everything about myself, about where I was in life, about who I was in life. I didn’t have many positives that could help keep my head above water. This all happened during divorce. I think many people put themselves through so much guilt when you go through divorce. What did I do wrong? How could I have been better? What will others think of me now? How will I move on?
These questions plagued my existence. I had been a wife and a mother since I was 18 and I was now almost 30. How do you switch gears? How do you finance your life? How do you move forward. To me, life after divorce has just gotten better with the years. I have been divorced now since 2014 and separated since 2012. I met a wonderful man who has taught me that it is okay to have hobbies and even encouraged. When I started doodling at night, he would talk about how cool it was and built up my self-esteem. This sparked something inside me I never knew existed. I could be an artist!
Background on me is my mother is the most amazing painter and I have blogged a tribute to her on my blog, but my brother and grandmother also paint. Unfortunately, painting didn’t strike me first. It was just doodling. Then adult coloring books starting getting more popular and I dove in head first. I love the creativity in others and how they leave the paper open to the interpretation of the artist.
Just as I color in my coloring books, I try to encourage the creativity in my children who are 1, 2 and 7. Although my younger two haven’t taken off yet, my 7-year-old teaches me all the time. The way she views the world is so innocent and so thought-provoking. Anyone who has younger kids know what I’m talking about. They see things as if they are brand new, and show us adults how to view that same world of wonder.
My blog is to bring that creativity to the world. I want to inspire people to stand up tall after tragedy, to move forward from negativity and let their creativity take flight. I welcome all forms of creativity, although I haven’t touched on them all on my blog. I want to try everything. So I am taking things one day at a time and getting inspiration from the many Facebook groups I belong to as well as the creative blogs I am subscribed to. I can’t wait to see how this world takes shape and what I will give to it.
So, come on this journey with me, and let’s get creative together!