"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over -confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress."
Since I have spent a good part of this new year sick I have had a little extra time for reflection. I took notice of several things that were not working for me. In fact, they fit me and my goals, like an ill suited pair of shoes. So, I decided to kick them off and go barefoot. In other words, to free myself of the confines of something that was so uncomfortable and disagreeable.
When choosing a path you might have to travel "a right purty fur piece", as it is said up in the hills and hollers of home, and I don't want to have to make that hike in unfit footwear. With wild child-like abandon I have kicked off my shoes in order to pursue with greater freedom just being me.
Some of the pinchy footwear I was trying to step out in were in silly areas like home decor and wardrobe choices. I admire and love the craze for all white or neutral decor but I can't live that way...I crave color! And, I LIKE my flowers, call me a granny if you want to cause I am one, but I do love floral prints, not modern versions but cabbage rosy needle point old fashioned ones! I looked around my house and found some areas I was really dissatisfied because I was trying to follow a trend and it was rubbing a blister on my soul. I am wiggling my toes in freedom and going back to being my old-fashioned self!
I am utterly hopeless in the fashion department but I think it is due to trying to fit myself into so many of today's trends and they just feel awkward to me. I love detail, I am very detail oriented, and I adore exquisite detailing in clothing. I love lace and I don't care if Stacy and Clinton think I am wearing my grandma's tablecloth, (and I just might be if I have altered it into a garment) I am comfortable in feminine frilly detailed clothing! And, I like denim and lots of white and natural neutral textures and colors, so there! Oh, and GREEN, lots of green! My little piggies are squealing "Wee! Wee! Wee!, we are free, all the way home!"
(FREE Image from art-e-zine)
Artistically speaking I have strayed from some of my vision on what I want to be creating once again trending and tending towards safety instead of reaching beyond comfort. I think these shoes have pinched me the most lately. There are dreams and goals and desires I have long left untapped as I have fulfilled other duties and roles in my life and before I have to don the good sensible shoes of old age I want one more barefoot summer of footloose fancy free kicking off and kicking up my heels dancing in the daisies dandelion wish blowing dreams coming true chance! I am taking it!
I have spent the last couple of days donating trendy clothing that I intensely dislike. I have torn my house asunder rifling through decor items donating those I don't love and shopping my house moving things from room to room to have a fresh feel. The studio is getting a mini makeover with a new piece of furniture going in so I had to rearrange a few things. I am almost set up to begin the new barefoot chapter of my life!
Artfully speaking I have just a limited few barefoot goals:
(Scary putting these out there!)
* I'd like for this to be the year of finally and fully putting together a book proposal and to pursue publishing dreams - stepping out in faith here (there's my word "reaching" again!) with no idea if it will fly or not
* I'd like to get and keep my online store up and running - poor neglected defunct thing that I have let it become
* I'd like to teach - Whether it be local classes, developing online classes, or at sponsored events
* I'd like to begin developing an artistic ministry of some sort, an art retreat or gathering here at the Quill
Going barefoot is sometimes scary, I might step on a sticker or two along my chosen path or stub my toe, but I am willing to take the chance and see what happens. I have already taken some action to my reaction going with the ebb and flow of my feelings in these three areas of my life. I am entering the rhythm of living, trial and error to change. Ebbing confidence, flowing fear, clear vision, fresh hope. And out of this hope I pray will be progress.
Daring to be different...
If you could run barefoot in one area of your life what would it be?
What is holding you back?
What would it take to kick off those shoes and run with your dream?
I'd like to offer you a little artistic art challenge if you want to play along:
*Using one or more or even a part of one of the images in this post create any type of artwork you desire, (a tag, a card, a collage, a canvas, anything goes!) expressing the freedom to dream.
*Include the word "DREAM" in your creation.
*Let's meet back here say on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 for a little linky party to share our creations.
I will pick a winner to receive my art piece contribution plus a packet of studio supplies!
I would love it if you would help me get the word out by posting and leaving a link back to this post.
You can use the altered image above for a graphic reminder.
Hope you can play along!