I have a confession to make!
For many years Christmas has been "not fun"(well, at least the decorations weren't)!
Every year I have decorated so many trees for my customers that by the time it came to my own tree I was just plain out of Christmas. For the last three years we haven't had ornaments on our tree. Always lit (and beautifully at that), but lacking in the ornament department. My sons , who are now all grown, decided they were perfectly happy with a tree with lights and nothing else, so no ornaments! That's ok. For me, the saddest part was that I didn't really care. Been there done that!
This year Christmas was different! I recently wrote a book about making paper ornaments for your Christmas tree and as a part of the process I made a large number of ornaments…all white paper. Everyone in my family was anxious to help me decorate the tree using all of the ornaments! It was fun. There is nothing better for me than being with my family, that is for sure.
But the other thing that made it so fun for me was doing something that is so a part of my nature.
I must make things.
I can't help myself. When I am producing something like the ornaments, or a drawing, or a flower arrangement or any of the other things I have made over my creative life I feel most like myself. The self I really need to be. The self that is always waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) while I do all of the other stuff that needs to be gotten to.
What in your life makes you feel connected to your real self? What makes you sing inside?
That is the reason for my blog…I have been trying to help YOU find that part of you in your life. In the process of helping you, I found a lost part of myself.
So let's do ourselves a favor. Let's honor the parts of ourselves that get put on hold so we can do all of the other things that need doing. Not everyone feels like they must make things, but everyone has a true self that needs to be recognized and nurtured.
So while everything I talk about and do might not be the exact formula for you, I'll bet doing a little of what you see here will help steer you to that exact place for you to honor your creative self.
A Happy and Healthy New Year to All of you and we'll talk again in 2012!
Oh yes, make today your best day ever!
For the last 30 years Michele has been designing flowers for all kinds of people, from brides to prom goers, from dining rooms to boardrooms. Starting out as a fine artist (painter) and moving into the flower world gave Michele a vision that set her work apart from other floral designers. Designing flowers in a more relaxed,"unfloristy" way was always the goal when working for private clients.
Still doing artwork and designing various products from table linens to greeting cards to holiday decorations, Michele continues to have a unique and diverse style she brings to her work.