Being true to yourself

Throughout our lives we go through transitions, we shift, we change. To think back to the person I was 10 years ago is mind boggling. The change has been drastic. However, there are things that are always true about me.

I noticed that whenever I would go through a major career change I would struggle with my identity. In our society, we often identify ourselves with what we do or what our title is. I’ve been struggling a bit lately because I have identified myself as an artist the past few years. It has been my full-time job as well as a mother. In the past 6 months I have been doing contract work that has taken me out of the studio. It is work that has nothing to do with art at all. It has made me question a little bit who I am or who I am becoming.

The root of us doesn’t change though. I am an artist. Even though I’m not in the studio, I find that I have to paint. I find myself wandering the aisles of art stores on my time off. I’ve even started turning my hotel rooms into my temporary art studio while I’m on the road. Even though our circumstances may change, it doesn’t mean we have to.

Here are two pieces I recently painted in my hotel while I was on the road. I only got a little paint on the rug. 😉

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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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