I am a former high school art teacher turned freelance artist committed to learning and living a creative life. Mindfulness, journaling, and art making are essential to my health and well-being.
Self-Care Comes in Many Forms
I was thinking about all the talk around self-care and how many people may not have learned about it in therapy like I did, and may have the perception that you have to buy something in order to take care of yourself, like a face mask or a massage. Another perception may be that you have to take a whole day for self-care on Sunday because you definitely don't have time for that during the week. I am here to demonstrate how important self-care is during any day of the week, how it can be simple and fun, and how things that you may see as chores are actually self-care in action.
Collage: A Love Letter
I love collage. It is my absolute favorite thing to do from start to finish. I have had a love of magazines since I was little, so looking through them to find interesting pictures is like a scavenger hunt where I get to make something out of all the things I found at the end. There are many treasures to be found in someone else’s discarded magazines, especially if they are National Geographics. National Geographic features animals and the environment, lots of outer space and technology, and just plain beautiful photos of cultures from around the world. As someone who enjoys photography as well, National Geographics are a dream to look through--and get sucked into the articles. I’ve thought about expanding my photo collection to other magazines, but it just wouldn’t be the same.
Everything you do prepares you for the next step
When I was an art teacher, I taught an art camp for one week at my local children’s museum. I made a collage as an example for my campers that we didn’t end up using, but I loved it, so I kept it to use in my classes later.