Just a reminder – if you are joining our book club you have a couple weeks left to finish the book. We can’t wait to start the online discussion and see how it goes!

Being creative is a big part of my life outside of teaching. I love scrapbooking, card making, and creating decorations for my home. I’ve always described myself as creative but not artistic. By this I meant that I feel very confident with crafts and creating but not as much with more typical art forms like drawing and painting.

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A sample of my handmade cards…

By taking this view of myself as “Creative not Artistic” I have often heard myself say things like:

“I can’t draw.”

“I can’t paint.”

“I can’t do art.”

And I’m starting to realize that the reason I don’t feel like I can do those things is because I haven’t been working at it. When I think about the creative skills that I have, like the ability to create something from a vision that I have in my head…

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My embroidered stockings, Valentines wreath, hand-sewn throw pillows, and Valentines heart banner… All ideas from my head that turned out exactly how I was hoping they would.

I know that these skills will translate to art. So why have I been so reluctant to try to be artistic? Probably a fear of not being good enough. Probably that nagging desire to be “perfect” at the things I do. Maybe it’s even some leftover feelings from my art classes in school when I wasn’t able to create exactly what I want to create. But fear is not a good reason to not do something that I would probably enjoy. So, this year I joined an art club and it has given me the opportunity to try different types of art that I had never let myself try before.

By taking the step towards practicing these skills I find myself more inclined to say things like:

“I can draw.”

“I can paint.”

“I can do art.”

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My pastel drawn amaryllis from art club

Now I’m not making masterpieces that everyone wants in their home or anything. And most of my art is not displayed (except I guess when I leave it lying on the kitchen table for a week). But I am feeling more confident, more artistic, and more creative! One of my goals this year is to create a piece of artwork that I want to display in my home. I don’t know if it will be a drawing or a painting or what but I know that I can do it!

And what better time to focus on creating then on spring break? Who knows what I will be making next… Stay tuned!

Meaghan