Yay! It’s time for the 4th Color Palette Blog Walk, hosted by Brandi Hussy over at Brandi Girl Blog. The theme this time is “achievements” – anything we’re proud of, big or small. We’re supposed to post photos we took, and color palettes that go with them, which represent an achievement. My submission is two-fold.
I took this photo on a girl’s weekend in the Texas Hill Country. It was a painful weekend – first because I found myself completely unable to stop talking about the frustration and anger I felt over my then-current work situation, and second because I came down with one of the worst migraines I’d had in a long time. The weekend was supposed to be about girlfriends getting together to talk and laugh and shop and eat and stay up late – and I really just missed the boat. I wallowed in the misery of my circumstances, and I’m sure it wasn’t pleasant for the other ladies either. It was a wake-up call, and the turning point in my thinking process about what my next steps should be. This was the weekend when I realized that leaving my job was really my only option – for my own health, I needed to get out and get back to basics.
I had just recently gotten my new 50mm lens and was playing around with it – this palette is a detail taken from a photo of a glass lamp that reflected the view from the deck in very interesting ways. It’s a reminder of that weekend, and of the moment of clarity that followed. I love the curves and distorted reflection of the sky and trees outside the window.
I quit my job on May 11, and the following week, I took a class in fold forming metal – something I had long been interested in but had never really pursued. My mission, while I am in not-working mode, is to try and re-establish some important disciplines in my life – prayer, time in the Word, eating healthy food, and getting healthy – and to pursue creative expression as a means of recovering a little of the self I lost in the last two and half years. This bracelet is the first piece I made after that class, and it felt triumphant – it felt like stepping from a shadowed place into the light, where everything was suddenly clearer. When I tried this bracelet on, I remember thinking, “Hey. I really can do this.” It felt powerful and right and humbling all at the same time. It felt like a beginning.
So, my achievement is that I stepped out and did the thing that I needed to do for me – not for anyone else, and not because anyone thought I should. It was a huge thing for me to simply say, “I need this.” And it was without regard for what was practical or responsible or grown-up. It is turning out to be just what I needed – some space, some creative time, some new ways of looking at the materials I use. It’s been a big deal.
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Please visit the other bloggers participating in the blog walk!
Rebecca at Electric Atom by Atomic Cowlick – http://www.atomiccowlick.com/blog/
Ronica at Bad Jones Rising – http://blog.badjonesrising.com/
Rose at Heroine Jewelry – http://heroinejewelry.sleuthdesign.com/blog/
Cynthia at Ornamental Style – http://www.ornamentalstyle.com/blog
Jennie at Snapdragon Diaries – http://www.snapdragonshots.com/
Gloria at Colour your day happy – http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Dave at Fresh Rag – http://www.freshrag.com
Lauren at Fizgiggery – http://fizgiggery.com
Francesca at Francesca Watson – http://www.francescawatson.com <— YOU ARE HERE
Miriam at Der Hund der Philosophin – http://habca.blogspot.com/
Libby at Current Observations – http://www.current-observations.com
Lakshmi at Studio Lakshmi – http://www.studiolakshmi.com/blog
Brittany at The Home Ground – http://blog.thehomeground.com
Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog – http://www.brandigirlblog.com