Today was one of those truly lovely, inspirational days . . the kind where you're moving along from one great thing to the next and you don't even realize how much you've accomplished until you're getting your kids ready for bed. I LOVE this type of day.
I shared several photos and a few light words about today on the new Ello app (find me @aprilarhodes), but I felt the need to type out more here. Not sure anyone really visits me here. I'm certainly not a very avid blogger, but it just seemed appropriate today.
First off I started in the studio working with my assistant and packing up boxes full of goodies for some lovely people. Then some delicious boxes of yarn appeared at my doorstep. Adding to my excitement about a new endeavor I've been brewing.
You see, last year I had a few epiphanies. I decided, to fulfill my soul, I needed to reach out and collaborate with more artists that inspire me. I came up with a plan. 1) to teach and host workshops, 2) to create a new department on my website and become a source for some of my favorite craft supplies (not fabric, but yarn, and leather and hardware.. to start) and 3)!!!!! to collaborate with the same and more/other artist and host pop up shops to support them and sell their work through my channels.
It's an idea with a lot of moving parts, and I got pretty scared for a time. For several months I allowed my fears and anxieties to hold me back.. plus just plain old life stuff. But that fear has left me now, and I'm going ALL IN!!!!! Even if life stuff means work carries over into the night, I'm ready for it! Funny how inspiration gives you more energy like that. . .
So all this past weekend, and the remainder of this week will be spent prepping for the second part of that project, and getting my supply/handmade shop off the ground. Baby steps . . a little at a time (self talk).
And this GIANT box of yarn (one of two boxes actually!) is part of my baby steps.
Then, and I already shared this part on IG, I headed to an appointment with an enrollment officer for the public school district here in OH, and I found myself on my old high school campus . . a completely surreal experience, I could've never seen coming when I was 17 years old . . . Now 31 year old me, across the very same field I once ate my lunches in, walked into a building to enroll my little, tiny girl, in to the public school system!! I can't believe my [second!!] child is going to big kid school. When all the sights and smells made it feel like only yesterday that I was a kid! Gosh, time flies. And Life just keeps getting better! I felt so blessed at that moment.. and at this moment. Blessed and awestruck.
Finally I ended the running around bit of my day by meeting one of my dearest friends for coffee . . We hadn't talked since before I went to Oz. And there was just so much to say. Soooo many good things!!! And things that brought tears. Happy things and scary things. Taking risks, as grown women. Chasing dreams!!! Big dreams! Not just career based dreams but deeply rooted, life dreams . . dreams of connecting and raising up ourselves and others in love. The way we should love ourselves, as we are. And by doing that, truly excepting where we are and WHO we are, we can love others so much more deeply.
I felt so fulfilled when I left her, and isn't that what its all truly about? Connecting and sharing the root of ourselves with others and having them share the root of themselves with us? Awestruck again.
Heart filled. [Check!]
Hope you all had a lovely day too!!!
P.S. I hope to have my special little supply and handmade section up and running by the first week of April! look for the hashtag.. right now I'm vacillating between either #ARmercantile or #ARstudiosupply. We'll see which wins ;)