I have a gallery space!

It’s official; rent is paid! I now have a gallery space. It may not be huge, but it is a step in the right direction. I am so excited to finally have a place to display my art and market myself. It’s been a goal, maybe even a dream for a long time. I think about where I started just two and a half years ago. I was panicked and frightened to find myself  jobless, not owning anything (I was getting ready to move out of the country), and bringing a child into my world. I felt alone and lost. I felt like I had little to offer a child. I didn’t want the sort of life that locked me to a cubicle doing a job I loathed in order to pay for stuff I didn’t need.

In a way I was fortunate. I applied for the dreaded jobs I didn’t want. I interviewed well. They took one look at my growing belly and offered an insincere smile and said “we’ll be in touch”. Desperate for a job, I had no choice but to beresourceful. I started advertising art lessons and showing my work wherever I could. I started teaching classes with different organizations throughout the community. Somehow, I managed to find myself exactly where I was supposed to be. I was doing something that fulfilled me and was making a living at it. It hasn’t been an easy road; things are still tight financially. The payoff though, is that I feel fulfilled. My son is happy kid with a happy mom. I get to be home with him most of the time and am able to still chase my dreams. I didn’t have to sacrifice myself in order to make it work. It worked itself out.

The gallery is just one more step in this dream. I continue to visualize my path and follow what fulfills my soul. Today I sat in the gallery space painting and couldn’t stop smiling. It just felt right. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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4 Responses to I have a gallery space!

  1. Lee Ann says:

    This is so amazing and inspiring!!! XOXO Congratulations!

  2. Alan says:

    Way to go , Anastacia!

  3. (((Anastasia))) This is such a beautiful space and it is clearly a fun spot for your baby. Boy is he growing up fast!

    I am so happy for you!

    Love, Light and Brightest Blessings,

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