Hello, hello, hello all you beautiful, creative, talented TST-ers!!
How are you? How has life been? I want to hear from ALL of you. Let's chat!!
I'd like to start by giving Amanda Fall, creator of Persistent Green and Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, a BIG round of applause (feel free to throw in a few cartwheels and somersaults as well, if you like) for maintaining the TST for me!! Thank you both for picking amazing things to imagine and incredible people to celebrate. I LOVED it!! And to all who tuned in to read and/or comment, thank you for being you and celebrating these fine women!
I'm filled with a million thoughts and ideas but instead of thrusting them all upon you right now, I'm going to share as we go along in the days to come. The most important moment I want to share right now is the one pitcured above. That is me. I made a LIFE LONG dream come true!
I am a Native New Yorker who has always had a burning desire to surf however there was always something that held me back...time, place, fear, Jaws. Yet, after all that I'd been through prior to this trip, I thought to myself, "What the hell. Why not really shake things up."
Yes, I faced many fears as I stepped into the water with this huge board. I am proud to admit that I stood up 7 times (2 of those times I had awesome runs). However, I also fell, I screwed up, I got tossed, I got slammed but I got back up. I got back up. Sounds a lot like life, no? I wish I could explain what it felt like to move with gorgeous waves or what it felt like to sit in the palm of nature's hand. Every time I think of it I can't help but want to shout, "I DID IT!" It's something I did for me...a challenge I rose to not because of what anyone else would think but because I wanted it for myself. I'd allowed the waves of life to crush me and been lost in the water for awhile. It was nice to resurface and breathe deeply again.
We need our dreams and our challenges as much as we need to accomplish them. In doing that, we grow stronger. We believe more deeply in ourselves and that allows us to share more of our big, overflowing, unique hearts in our art and with the world.
There are more challenges ahead for me. I am working to face down daily challenges and giving myself permission to fall, get tossed, and get slammed with the understanding that I will get back up. And I'm trying to share some of those with my little one. I want her to know how to surf both in the water and out.
What's a lifelong dream of yours? Have you accomplished it? If not, why not? How can the TST help you to get there? You can do anything. Just believe in YOU!
I've missed you. It's nice to be back :) Breathe deep, let's add even more living to the stories of our lives. (And I wrote a little moreabout all this on CreativeNachos.com if you feel like reading more.)