“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain one after you
From a young age, I was recognized as artistically gifted and received supplementary services through the public education system where I was introduced to choreography and film photography and all in between. At home my parents, both of whom are creatives in their own right, offered countless support and outlets for my creativity.
Nevertheless, as I grew up, I developed the sense that while art was a worthwhile hobby, it was not a passable career choice. With that in mind, I entered into the field of education. This satisfied a lifelong love of learning, a passion for helping, and the promise of summers and breaks free to create.
I specialized in Montessori education, as the philosophy’s emphasis on social, emotional, and physical competencies resonated with my humanistic worldview. I spent five years at a local Montessori school guiding children toward their interests and using those interests as a catalyst for their holistic growth.
All the while, every ounce of free time that did not go to lesson planning or curriculum development went to my creative pursuits. I sent poems out for publication and paintings to exhibits. I participated in local poetry workshops, public readings, and took classes with The Porch Writer’s collective. I was burning the candle at both ends and over time, felt it reflected in my mental health. With the help of older teachers, I learned about the Highly Sensitive Person and realized the way I was living was not sustainable for my growth and well-being.
I worked through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron which helped me to re-prioritize what added the most value to my life. I realized that in a dream world, I would work for myself and generate income from my creative outlets. In a dream world, my life would have space for rest, reflection, exercise, and friends. Slowly I transitioned out of the classroom and began taking steps to make my dream a reality. Welcome to this leg of my journey — I’m so grateful to be here with you.