I just returned from a truly fabulous and restorative vacation in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I got to jog, bike, ride horses, sleep, eat alot of fish, drink some fancy drinks and best of all, think. Something about being in nature, especially in the woods and by the sea causes my mind to relax and wander and wonder. It sets me up for the long stretches of work, both physical and creative, in the months to come.
There’s nothing like a climb up a long hill to help set goals. I’m not a climber. My body is stocky, meant for rocketing downward, taking advantage of gravity. It takes me way longer than I’d like and uses much more energy than I think an average mortal needs to expend to jog or ride a bike uphill. When my lungs feel taxed and my muscles start to complain my mind gets desperate for distraction. These times are great ways to problem solve, strategize and plan.
What percolated from these sessions was this idea: I hope to have a regular posting series entitled “studio tours” to let you know what’s happening (or not) in my studio on a regular basis. I’ll let you behind the scenes to see that not everything that goes on in that place results in a finished product, but that the journey is what’s most important.
Now that I’m home there are different hills to climb: teaching, sculpting, writing, promoting my Etsy shop, learning new social media platforms, selling work and trying to juggle them all and balance them with life in general. I look at this last sentence and I feel like I am at the bottom of a very steep hill with just me, my trusty bike and my thunder thighs. Wish me luck, here goes nothing! Happy Fall everyone!
Enjoy this little video as metaphor for the state I’m in.