It is solitude that encourages and permits the experience of depth. No wonder so many of us avoid it. – Julia Cameron
Do you like to have alone time? I do. I need it. If I don't get it, you don't want to mess with me. I suppose I am somewhat of an introvert but I think it is more than that. It is when I am alone I can really hear my voice and I don't have to worry about what I am thinking and I can just let my thoughts go places I normally don't have time for.
Shortly after I became a mother, I had a series of very unfortunate events happen in my life that changed my path and direction immensely. I didn't know where I was going anymore and so I just decided to focus on becoming the best parent I could possibly be. I lived for being in the moment with my child and that grew into being in the moment in other areas of my life. I still didn't know exactly where I was going but at least I could remember where I had been.
Then another birthday rolled around and although it is one that shouldn't be such a big deal, it really hit me. Where am I going? I spend at least 1 hour a day walking/running through the most scenic places in San Diego reveling in my alone time. I can start to hear my voice again. It is really great. I have decided that I want to pursue my 20 year dream of becoming an illustrator for children's books. Starting today, I am going to create one illustration every day until the end of the year. I am calling it my "Daily Illustration Acquisition." Practice makes perfect right? I will be posting them, the good and the bad.