Creativity

L’Amour Art Car Update

My dear, sweet L’Amour Art Car….is no more! After 7 months of fading by the blistering Texas sun, she started to look pretty shabby – only the¬† quotes written in black remained in full force while all the rest had faded completely or were looking very weary. I gathered the supplies I would need to get her back to her ‘white canvas‘ and set to work. Lots of people on the internet said acetone was the key to getting sharpie off of a car’s exterior, but I had the best luck with non-acetone nail polish remover. It worked much more quickly and easily than the acetone.

Non-acetone nail polish remover aka the magical Sharpie remover.

So two hours of scrubbing and wiping later, she was gloriously white again!

Now she’s just waiting for me to get to work on L’Amour Art Car 2.0. Stay tuned! ūüėČ

This Tree Is Me

When we moved into our home, 2 of the large trees in our backyard had been significantly trimmed. One of the trees, which I’ve (hopefully correctly) identified as a Linden tree, has been laid bare by the cold of winter. Although I love all the trees in my backyard, this one is currently my favorite (Shhh, don’t tell the others!). It’s got offshoots bursting out of every major branch and it’s trunk. I often think to myself that it looks like a crazy hairstyle on someone’s head.

The leaf-less Linden tree.

As I was meditating in the backyard the other day, I was staring at this lovely naked tree and its many small branches shooting out and that’s when it hit me: this tree is me. That’s Me. That’s what I look like.¬†This tree is a perfect representation of me and my creative expression.¬†I’ve got all these different creative pursuits and expressions bursting out of me everyday. Some of them big, some of them small but all of them take time and effort – they haven’t shown up overnight. I’ve built them up slowly, taking small steps to create this beautiful thing. This sometimes chaotic, sometimes cohesive thing. And some of these pursuits I’ll try for a while and they won’t be a good fit for me for whatever reason and they will fall away. Just like a small branch that a tree tries to grow and then, because of shade or competition, it starts to fall off. That tree has to decide where it is going to put its energy and resources; which branches are the most important. That’s where I’ve currently been in my creative journey: whittling down, prioritizing, and taking small steps in the hopes that I’ll end up with something beautiful and worthwhile.

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