Monday, January 24, 2011

Alphabet Soup - I is for Inspired

Wow, what a weekend!

Saturday I attended the every WOMAN 2011 conference. What I thought was going to be simply a day to be physical active, with like minded women, and a chance to try some new types of fitness classes - was so much more than I expected. I've been inspired!

Here's what I learned from the conference:

  • I love conferences! When I was a teenager I became involved in leadership conferences, and other youth conferences. The energy was so incredible. I'm realizing that I love it when large groups of people come together to learn (especially when it's about themselves) for a short and intense duration of time.
  • I like to be directly involved. It meets my need for belonging and my love of knowing how things work behind the scenes. ***Here's a big tip for all you starving artists - if registration costs are a little too much for you, find out if you can volunteer!*** That's what I did, and it granted me entry and a place on the team. And I am so glad I did. I was able to pop into a dreams to goals workshop that wasn't on my schedule, and it created some wonderful shifts in my perspective!
  • Visualization exercises make me teary.
  • I want to be an artist. Not quietly in my own space. Like out there on other people's walls, loud and proud, using my eventual BFA for professional gain, not just personal.
  • Everything I need is inside of me!
  • Hula Hooping is an amazing form of exercise that works muscles that I haven't been able to get at before. And so much fun! We were all laughing and cheering each other on. Even when a couple of us got hit in the face :) Want one, now!!
  • Creating more structure in my life will leave me feeling like I have more freedom!
  • Feeling controlled still triggers me big time.
  • Art Journaling every day is possible, and probable, and can have a valued space in my schedule.
  • I'm cute, and I'm okay with it. Cute in the sweet, and adorable way. Like an energetic puppy.
  • I like being sexy, and I'm learning to enjoy it and be more refined in how I am. Being sexy isn't something I need to be known as. It's an underlying part of me, and there's a time and a place to vamp it up, and boy do I know how now. Even something as simple as enjoying the way my arm feels to me... is very attractive.
What an amazing experience! So, 5:00 hit that night, and I got right down to my art journaling. Thanks again Emily, for sharing yours and inspiring me. Here's one side of my first entry, using some of the doodling techniques I've been playing with, that captures a bit of what inspired me at the conference...

First (of many) Art Journal page

The amazingness didn't end there. Yesterday, the sweetie and I went on a day trip adventure. As we were preparing everything the night before, he suggested we bring the Drawing Lab book for the ferry ride, since we missed our weekly assignment. Seriously!? I hadn't want to suggest it. Drawing is something he's still getting comfortable with. Sure enough, we whipped it out as soon as we got settled on board. (I forgot our supplies, though I was able to dig a pen and pencil out of my computer bag, and improvise with what I'm hoping were snack bags). The assignment we chose was left handed portraits of each other, which had us trying to keep our volume down while we were giggling. I was so inspired by him and his portrait of me that I wanted to share his along with mine.

Left handed portrait
(Yep, that's right. He's a rightie, and drew this with his left!)

You know what else inspires me, and makes me super teary... when he told me, on a couple of different occasions now... that just being around me makes him more creative.

Wait, the story doesn't end here. There's more! While I was at the conference on Saturday I got an email that my place on hold for a book at the library (that I've been waiting patiently and eagerly for) had finally come up. The library was right around the corner from the conference so I was able to pick it up on the way home. It came with on the ferry ride yesterday too, and Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project is exactly what I need to carry the energy from the conference forward and turn my plans into actions. She's right. Some people really do learn from reading others' experiences, even if they are not monumental. Similar to Noelle Oxenhandler's Wishing Year, it seems, so far, to be a great blend of personal goals and triumphs, supported by well researched and enlightening information. I've only made it to the end of January in her journey, and I am already incredibly inspired. Following suit, I'm going to make a monthly chart to track some of my daily goals too :)(I'm actually looking forward to it!) I'm also looking forward to my new early bed time, because built in with that is a half an hour of indulgent reading in bed before lights out. Is it bed time yet? I super excited to see what happens in February of Gretchen's Happiness Project

Oh, I almost forgot. One more thing that I want to share with you. I'm guest blogging on Friday, over in Cinderitaville, the land of inspiration. I was a little stumped what to write about, until my current favourite foliage gave me a nudge on Saturday. Y'all know that I've been completely inspired by our Christmas tree. It became the subject for my camera again, and made it into my 365 project, appearing on day 22. :)


Now on to Monday's Music Moves Me! Yesterday it was recommended that I check out Explosions in the Sky. I've been in need of some good instrumental music to inspire me while focusing on school work or art adventures, and I think I've found it!


Shigune Matsui said...

Hello there! I liked this post! I see you're in Create Everyday. I've been participating in it for a while now. If you have a twitter follow me (MsMatsui).

Introduce me to other create everyday people there too! I'd love to meet them!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

What a beautiful song, I just put my head back and closed my eyes. It was so relaxing and refreshing.
Thank you for always participating in our weekly meme.
Looking forward to your choices next Monday. Have a great week.

A Gracious Home said...

I like the song. Have a good week. Doylene

Xmas Dolly said...

Yes, that is a tune to be soothed by, but yet not put you to sleep. Very good choice my friend! Thanks for playing along again this week, and we hope to see you next week too! Have a wonderful day! Already following you.

Cinderita said...

I loved hanging out with you on Saturday and especially laughing during hula class!! You're awesome!

Emily said...

Oooo- I can just feel your energy! That conference sounds like it was a blast- anything that sparks creativity is great in my book:) And seriously- the songs you pick, I always love. Thanks for the linky inspiration love- I totally feed off your inspiration!

Yvonne said...

The conference sounds very motivational and lots of fun! Nice musice choices too!

Creatively Sensitive said...

Wow! I'm so glad everyone liked the song. I felt like I was going out on a limb with that one.

JamericanSpice said...

The conference sounds wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

This is a beautiful song. Very soothing. Thanks for sharing it.


Cowgirl Red said...

Your enthusiasm is contagious! I followed you over to Cinderita, too. Could not stop reading her story. Thanks. Xoxo. Terah