Sometimes you don’t even know what you are doing or why you are doing it, but you do it. You feel called or connected to an experience or a path and you say yes.
That’s what a pottery wheel workshop was for me. I just wanted to do it.
An artist and friend Joan Moody held a workshop at Alvin Community College Ceramic department in February 2016 and I went, ready to explore this desire I had.
I just wanted to try making something from clay. And try I did. Wow was it hard. Like anything, masters make it look easy.
Because doing something new is scary, I had written my intention on my arms – let go and legt god, which is where the name LEGO came from and means, play well. Because that is what I was practicing in 2016, my year of letting go and playing well, of building a creation out of bricks each day.
Little did I know I would end up creating a tea bowl (after one failed attempt and a lot of hands-on assistance) that would come in handy when Global Tea Hut came into my life later that year.
You never know how what you do today is creating and supporting your future.
I can’t encourage you enough to pick 2-3 creative endeavors you want to try in 2018.
I’ve been practicing this since taking Brené Brown's online course The Gifts of Imperfection in 2014 and it's powerful. That year my endeavors were to take her Daring Way™ training and to go with my artist friend Kathy Ericksen to take an in-person creativity class, any class would do.
Last year I wanted to dance more, drum, and try surfing.
Surfing took as much letting go and bravery as this pottery wheel did in 2016, and I have plans to do neither again, but learned so much from both.
This year I want to laugh more, write, and garden.
Do you have any creative endeavors you want to try for 2018?
I’d love to hear them!
*I'd love to give credit to the photographer who kindly took the above picture for me at my request at the workshop, but I don't have his information anymore. Sending you much gratitude and if you ever see this please email me and I will update!
Lee Ann Hilbrich (she/her) is an author of three books, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator of Brené Brown's work, a Qi Gong and Yoga Teacher, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. She is also certified in Equine-Facilitated Learning. Learning.
Lee Ann Hilbrich, MA, LPC, CDWF, RYT 200
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