One thing I have figured out this time, is that the twice a year art retreat I go on with my art sisters, has the power to transform my crankiness from life kicking my butt into joy and happiness again. MARS Mountain Artist Retreat Sleepover...occurs in Spring and Fall...6 months apart. There is usually 20 of us and ALL personalities!
The most important part of being a part of this extradinary group of women artists is that our unique voices in our art, are shared, appreciated, and taught. We are handing eachother our talents, our love, our acceptance, our willingness to be vulnerable and real. To talk about our lives with eyes that are not judgemental or seeringly uncomfortable. Even if all of us don't always get along and there are bumps and mini bruises of ego...it is a true experience of love and acceptance.
This time many of us had heavy things happening in our lives...but the time together was that of laughter and love. A coming together over meals...laughs...stories...sharing...and being ourselves.
We ARE a tribe. We are all different but ALL alike. We are strong women, with voices in our art. Various political views. Various life experiences. Various places in life. ALL healing time for wounded souls beat up out there in the real world where some times we are all misunderstood.
Big huge thank you to Angie making my day a little brighter with the coolest autumn hat!!! Love you girl! It came on the day I was flat out from my back feeling all sorry for myself! It reminded me that life is so magical, and when you feel down on yourself there are others out there that are loving you. She wrote a sweet little note telling me that I have inspired her and touched her life more than I will ever know. It made me cry. Sometimes I don't think I do enough to inspire people or mean something to them. Feelings are not reality...just a reminder!
I have the best friends! Big Big SMOOCHES! ♥ It arrived and it is LOVELY I adore it! And I adore you Mizz Corinne Stubson!!! I so needed your love and kindness!
You always know how to make me feel special...and I LOVE this hat!!! Its a great beach hat! Corinne was nice enough to crochet this for me since I still don't know what I am doing when it comes to crochet!