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Last weekend I participated in the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City. It is a show that I have loved for so many years. Being the featured artist one year and even a judge another. It became a tradition that I looked forward to every September. But I haven't shown at in five years!
When I got pregnant with my son (my third kiddo), I was very sick, and we suffered a lot of trauma. After nearly losing him during pre term labor and delivery, and potentially myself it changed my life. I can't explain it. But, its a feeling of complete gratitude for everything that is good and meaningful in your life. It also showed me as clear as day what mattered most in my life.
I made some big decisions on where to focus my time and my energy. I focused on healing myself and taking care of him. Along with that came a big decision to back away from art fairs. I didn't know for how long, but all I knew is I was at complete peace and assurance that this was the right decision for me and my family.
Thankfully I was able to continue my business with an amazing online community, as well as dedicated friends and clients I've had the pleasure to meet all over the country. It has been a true blessing to be able to work from home and focus my creative energy on simply making things that bring me and others joy!
After not seeing so many of my beloved clients, friends, family, and fellow artists for such a long time, it was an indescribable feeling to see these faces again! I was filled with so much joy to be able to share my heart, the most recent work I have dove into, and observe the reactions of so many of you. I received some of the best hugs, saw so many kids that have grown up, and caught up with friends that I literally made at this very show way over a decade ago!
You all showed up! You all filled me with love and gratitude. My fellow artist friends I felt complete pride to see their newest pieces and how much they have grown over the years.
To some it might just seem like an art fair. To me if feels like family. This year it was a family reunion. I absolutely LOVE my people!
We will see what the next year holds. But for now I am holding onto all the feelings I experienced.
Thank you to everyone for being a part of my life and this journey. Its not an easy one. But, it is so worth it!
LOVE you all!