My computer decided to pack it in last night just as I sat down to write this posting. The tower powered out and won't come back on so I can't access the photos I had ready which makes today's posting all words... written on my notebook. Howard is hoping to fix the computer when he's here on Saturday. I'll figure out a way to get some other photos into Friday's post and show you the stored ones later.
SO.. without pictures...
During my journal time, I read and respond to a daily inspirational reading, a spiritual study, and a creative study. The spiritual study I'm currently working through is Geri Scazzero's book The Emotionally Healthy Woman. The chapter on nine life changing tools includes The Hat of Wisdom and asks the question how can you apply past lessons to a current situation you face today? I think that's a fabulous question, one I wish I'd paid attention to a much younger age when I was circling - what seemed like endlessly - back through the same lessons.
My creativity coaching sessions with Diane were so successful that for the past several months I've been looking for a business coach to help attain some writing and teaching goals. While I've had a wide range of responses from the positive to the negative, in each case the coach was too busy to take me on. When I hit a dead end once or twice I keep trying. When I continuously hit a dead end, I've learned that life will be calmer if I just wait for the next step on the path to unfold.
Perhaps I will eventually have a business coach and perhaps that's not what's meant to happen. Either is okay. The bonus of looking for one has been clearly defining my priorities and goals. The younger me made decisions around business, creativity, and relationships that the current me is not willing to make. There's a verse that keeps running through my head. It's Mark 8:36 which reads what good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you. What could you ever trade your soul for?
Success now does not look at all like success did thirty years ago. Now, success is about maintaining a good work life balance, about putting my creative development first before sharing with others, and about maintaining healthy relationships. If I have to alter one of these priorities to be a successful in my business goals, then that's not a success I want. I will instead chose to be successful out of business.
I've also learned how important it is to do the things (or not do the things) I want to do (or don't want to do). Several people have told me that blogging is becoming a thing of the past and that if I want to become known and hired as an instructor, I will need to become involved in some form of social media. It's not hard to tell that blogging is shifting magazines about blogging - like Artful Blogging - profile Instagram accounts and when once prolific bloggers haven't posted in months. However... I like blogging and I believe that's a key ingredient in living a healthy life. There are lots of things we have to do; there need to be things we want to do as well and not just for what they will get us.
In the studio, I've been working on the dress to go with the tied together bolero. I cut the front and back pieces of Vogue 1410 and then used three different sizes of flower stencils to create small to large flowers that were spaced further to closer apart from the top to the bottom of the dress. I'm not good at stenciling... yet... but I've did my best with what I knew and the results are good and enough - as good and enough as I can make them. And next time, my good and enough will be even better. I'm more about learning and developing now and not at all about perfection any more. Which doesn't mean sloppy. It means that being more realistic is a whole lot more fun and takes me places I'd never go if I strove only for perfection.
The dress is made using the remainder of the curtain panels. There is nothing precious about this fabric. It's polyester. It's a curtain. In fact, this may be a day dress - as in worn once for a day. Longevity was not the point. The point for me is exploring the potential of The Outfit Project and of each individual starting point and following those ideas down the what if path. When I looked at the panel and thought what if I... that was enough. This is vastly different than how the younger me sewed fashions. That was more about tailoring and couture techniques and the very best of the very best. Now, while I do my best on every stage, I'm less interested in a perfectly produced product and far more interested in a delightfully explored creative path. At one point in the past, I was so burned out that I didn't even know if I liked fabric anymore. That's a place I never want to return to and I'm so grateful that now I'm excited, overflowing with ideas, and enjoying time in the studio. YES YES!
The outfits are for the March Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, Oregon. The first retreat I went to was in June 2012 and I am only now getting to some of the ideas that started dancing in my head at that time. Not only does it take time to process so much new learning and ways of being creative and put them into action, life keeps doing its up and down, ebb and flow, at the same time. Now, five and a half years later, I feel like I'm finding my voice, that I'm taking those lessons and applying them to how I dress and how I live and how I like to create. I'm thrilled to be working in my studio and creating from that place of exploration and curiosity that first attracted me to creative everyday wear. The journey, the creative process, the fun of making things, is what I now find precious and I'm not willing to lose that for anything.
What creative lessons have you learned in the past that are influencing how you work today?
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - lessons learned, priorities