Dreams and Intention

We all start out with big dreams or ideas.  When I was 6, I announced that I was going to be a ballerina.  Right, every little girl dreams of that.  Except I actually did it, with the help of my parents and many talented teachers.  Did I dream I was later going to be a receptionist in a dental office?  Heck no!  But that actually happened too, when I gave up on my dream and fell into living without intention.

I say fell because that’s what it felt like.  Falling, out of control, no dreams, no intention.

Back then, I gave up dancing (due to injuries and other circumstances), and settled for a life that included no creativity.  Why am I sharing this?  Because, I don’t want it to happen to YOU.  

Eventually, I got married, and had a baby.  At that point I was deeply unhappy in my job, marriage, and place where I was living.  I was depressed and anxious all the time.  I was not being creative, which is what I now realize is what I was born to be.  Long story short, I had a massive anxiety attack one night- worst night of my life.  In the morning, I knew something had to change.  So, I finally got some therapy and began to climb out of the deep hole.  

Not long after that, I went to a show at the local art museum and saw a huge show of Kaffe Fasset’s work.  It was cold and grey outside, but inside–oh my!  The color, color, color everywhere!!  I opened my eyes and found my second passion- fiber arts.  Needlepoint, knitting, quilting, etc.  Slowly, I started coming back to life as I explored all these art forms.  I realized I was most happy when I was making things of beauty and luxury.  Jack pot!  I had found my second calling.  That was in 1998 and I have been making fiber art ever since.  

So, all this to say, if you have a dream or something you love to do, give yourself permission to explore it.  I almost didn’t, because it wasn’t “practical”.  But for me, it was a matter of life and death, and I’m not just being dramatic.

I hope this long tale has been helpful.  Dream, set your intentions, and most of all, GET HELP- no one can do this by themselves (tried that, didn’t work!).

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4 thoughts on “Dreams and Intention

  1. You have climbed the high, hard hill and the things that you were driven to create bring you higher yet. Thanks for sharing this. You may never know if you have helped someone, but by sharing in the first place, you just might!

  2. Very, very well said. Thank you! I’m glad you’re back to being creative and sharing it with the rest of the world.

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