Nurturing & Being Nurtured

Tomorrow, some of my artsy friends & I are gathering for a “play date”.  It’s a very special time when we can let go of obligations & work on our art among kindred spirits.  I love this time!  Sometimes, a member brings a product we’ve never used before & we “oooh & aaah” over it, eager to try it for ourselves.  Inspired.  Other times, someone shares a technique that may enhance our own creativity.  But every time, we nurture & are nurtured by one another.  We’ve experienced a lot together from weddings to funerals & from raising teenagers to caring for elderly parents.  Whatever one of us is experiencing, another member of the group has already met a challenge like it, bringing a gentle strength to the person in need.  I treasure these women for their wisdom, humor, & encouragement.

Spending time with supportive, positive people (as I mentioned in my post Creativity Needs Encouragement) is one way I “refill my well”… taking so I have more to give.  It’s not selfish to take time for ourselves, whether it’s a hot bubble bath or a creative play date with friends.  If we don’t care for our own physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual health, we won’t have the necessary resources to care for anyone else properly.

Who nurtures you?  Who do you nurture?  What do you do to “refill your well”?

Packing for my play date... I have such cool art toys!!!

Perhaps I'll finish my Pele collage.

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3 thoughts on “Nurturing & Being Nurtured

  1. I absolutely love your work. The different versions of the same image is neat. I wanted to drop by and thank you again for participating in our character gallery for Odette Reyes. We’ve opened up submissions for two more characters if you’re interested. Want your art featured on our blog and Facebook page? Submit entries for Leocardo and Aniela and you could win a free copy of Blind Sight http://wp.me/p1HrCI-tX The winner will get two copies of our debut novel Blind Sight. I hope you return to participate.

    Eliabeth

    • Thank you for your comment & yes, I’d love for my art to be featured on your blog & Facebook. I’ll definitely check out your blog to learn more about Leocardo & Aniela (what fascinating names!). I enjoyed interpreting Odette & look forward to seeing how your descriptions of the characters stir my imagination.

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