Tell the Truth
I’ve told myself something new about myself. I’ve discovered a new passion. I reflect back to Dave Ellis Leadership Training and his voice echoes, “I love bowling. But I didn’t want to tell anyone I loved bowling. What if they didn’t like bowling?”
It’s important to discover what you love and tell people for so many reasons. It opens up new opportunities. You develop new relationships. You learn. There are so many reasons to speak your truth.
A New Adventure
Once I started speaking my truth, a whole new adventure began for me. I’ve always admired the finishes on objects and furniture. I spend quite a bit of time looking at them. The more details on the curious object or the furniture, the more enamored I become.
A Previous Coaching Session
Last time I had a coaching session a client was telling me reasons why she didn’t like particular parts of her job. We flipped that scenario around and I asked, “If there were no barriers in your life, what would you do?” She spoke of nature, the outdoors and also doing her work with old barn wood. She continued by saying she loved the wood crafting part because she liked giving back. I further asked, “Is there a way you can transfer this part into your work life?” She told her truth and found an answer. She knew what she could do to contribute to her own work and life. She found an answer from within herself. Now she will implement this, which will bring her more joy. It was one of multiple pathways toward solving her problem.
Interventions Through Meeting New People
For me, I believe by divine intervention, a woman named, Lora, walked into my life and I asked her a simple question. She seemed décor-minded and I’m always wanting to learn so I asked, “Do you know about painting on metal?” In particular I had gotten an old locker and I wanted that painted for a bathroom. (Photo below: ”No, I haven’t painted it . I will paint it. “)
She told me about an Annie Sloan Chalk Painting class and an instructor, Jan, of JH Design. Jan would teach me how to paint furniture and objects. I signed up. After taking the class, I wasn’t sure if I would really do it. But then my husband and boys went away hunting for a long weekend. I opened a paint pod and began what is now something I love deeply.
Giving Your Brain a Healthy Revitalizing Break
When you pick up the brush, you’re not just painting objects, you are giving your brain a healthy revitalizing break. Suddenly, I sensed I was communing with God in a unique way. I would even go so far as to say it deepened my meaning, direction and purpose in life.
There is just something about the rhythm of the back and forth of the brush on the wood or metal. The more intricate the piece, the more involved, the better.
As I crafted, I listened to instrumental worship music.
What craft refreshes and revitalizes you?
A Shift Occurs When You Craft
If you feel stress; you can distress the wood or metal. And then suddenly the shift occurs. The stuff that seems like the daily grind — for me that’s the laundry, cooking meals, making beds, etc., – well, it all suddenly seems lighter and much easier to handle. Even the emotionally draining stuff (i.e., the tiff you had with a co-worker last week) melts into the background.
My friends, Jan (recall, she’s the owner of JH Design) and Lora (owner of Curtain Creations — custom window treatments & accessories) say the same thing. We concluded during one of our group painting sessions: “There’s always those particular jobs within any work that you don’t enjoy doing. However, knowing that you have something creative to do – makes what is difficult more pleasurable.”
For me, for Jan and for Lora, that’s painting with Annie Sloan Unfolded Chalk Paint. While I’m doing my unpleasant tasks, I imagine my reward. The one that’s coming later on . . . in a little while, I’ll be painting.
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photos of Cheri by heather, all rights reserved, 2014
unique jewelry worn in photos handmade by Tonya Archer, Sands of Storm Lake.
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