no - I haven't abandoned the Tiny Step Initiative…quite the opposite. it's just been such a FuLL few weeks, that I haven't had time to list everything. It's kinda clear that I won't have a Tiny by winter. well, mostly clear…unless some great miracle happens. which it could, so i'm not ruling it out. my intention this morning was to write about my week(ish) at Lucky Star, but there really is nowhere to start, and no words to fill the lines on the paper. so here's a short list of what it wasn't: it wasn't overwhelming - in a good way. it was gentle and sweet and fun, but it wasn't that manic, sugar-crazed, New year's eve Must Have THE Best Time vibe. it wasn't light on the value-for-the-money…i didn't leave there wondering what the heck i just spend $2K and 5 days on, and feeling like the organizers were chuckling in a room filled with money somewhere. i don't keep track dollar-for-dollar, but i've left some gatherings scratching my head, asking "really??" It wasn't a fashion show, talent show, popularity contest, high school-ish thing. it was women in their fullest, best selves, coming together to make art and friends and have fun…and all the goodness that surrounds that cloud of wonderful. It wasn't a place to stick to a diet. it wasn't a place to come to and expect to leave the same…new friendships and new skills and new boundaries crossed…all change a person just the tiniest bit. Did i feel like my life was changed dramatically? no. but that just served to reassure myself that i am headed in the best direction. did i cross boundaries - heck yeah…i rode a horse…i walked across the water (well, on a footbridge - not in the water-to-wine sense.) (but kinda). i smacked those fears down. and on the plane ride home - the part before the bird took a shortcut through the engine) i designed an official Bade Of Courage, and am so pleased that others have contacted me for them. so incredible to hear their stories of courage - whether it's fixing a drippy faucet alone, or going through chemo. hurrah for y'all, eh? (that's what happens when you go to Texas and take a photography class from a Canadian…"y'all, eh").
so today is crammed with Stuff To Do, so off i go…my studio #1 is back in action, and I have room for 7 around my worktable, so if you're feeling the need to make art…come on by. Studio #2 will be shut down soon…it just isn't serving me as well.