This week I've been trying to pay attention to the little things that bring me joy. Thanks to the Wish*full Art Retreat I have been exploring some new blogs lately and I've been getting a lot out of challenging myself to try new avenues of creativity. I've particularly enjoyed the blog of Kimberly Wilson, Doorways Traveler, Creative Every Day , and iHanna's blog. With so much inspiration online I've been trying to do something creative every day. Much to my surprise this is a lot easier that I anticipated. Whether its going to the pottery studio to glaze my pots, taking pictures, knitting, collaging, painting, art journaling, or researching books at the library I've managed to be creative every day and I'm thriving.
Each day I'm waking up energized and excited for the day. Living with MS makes energy a luxury so I've learned to enjoy it while I can. Who knew being so creative could have such energetic and therapeutic results? I'm appreciating the little victories too whether it be finding a great picture for a collage, finishing a quilt block that I thought would never get done, or simply finding a pretty flower in my yard its been nice to just slow down and take it all in for a change. If I've learned anything about living with MS thus far is that the one thing I can constantly count on is change. Sometimes its minute by minute, hour by hour or day by day I just never know. Being someone that has NEVER deal with change well being diagnosed with MS was some kind of sick joke but as time goes on I'm coping better. I'm learning to enjoy the good days and try not to get caught up in the anxiety of worrying what's going to happen next. It's an ongoing process but I'm really beginning to understand how important being creative is to me. These past few days I'm realizing that by silencing my fears, tapping into my inner artist, and just following my heart I will thrive!