Room to Grow

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Busy, busy last two weeks. In hindsight the fact that I had construction workers here for a solid week and then had to move my stuff,  buy new furniture and have some semblance of order happening, I think I am doing pretty well.

I don’t think I realize the impact what having  more ROOM will have on me.  I found myself texting my girlfriend, “I finally have room to grow.” Wow! I think those words actually had  layered meaning.

You see, over the weekend, I got the chance to teach a workshop at the Providence Lady Summit. In the middle of construction, I was working on my talk. I was putting slide show together and sweeping up fine dust at the same time. My brain was muddled.

The voice inside my head said, “No one will come to your workshop, anyway.” What?! I thought I had trained myself not to let those voices take charge. I just laughed at my inner critic and said, “Well then, I will have put together something I need to hear.” Hooray for laughing my inner critic. That’s growth, right?

Then I was asked  if I was nervous. Nervous? Not remotely, I would talk to a room full of women (or even an empty one) just like I talk to you all. Hey, that’s growth too! And would you look at this painting table just WAITING to be used?! READY TO GROW! This was my view as I sipped coffee early this morning. I am in LOVE. I am just showing peeks today because…

I need to layer on some fun without layering on clutter. 

Part of what I spoke about Saturday was finding a way to quiet noise and spend time with your creative self. With a world full of “access” we are not taking advantage of the quiet. The quiet is where we hear that still small voice inside us. It is the  whisper that urges us to “quit this” or “clean up that.”  Quieting the noise ALSO means quieting the imagery. Our senses are often overloaded with clutter and that can cloud our creative spirits. For me this meant dialing back the “things” that I am surrounding myself with on a daily basis. It feels so good! 

I can’t wait to share my talk with you. I have a bit more work to do getting Luke settled into his new space. He’s at school today and I am thinking about painting stripes in his new room just to make his life interestingI am sure he’ll have a cow! Haha!

So what about you? Do you need to do something in your life to allow yourself room to grow?

  • BJ Lantz

    Woot! Woot! I know you will LOVE the new space! I go through a clean-out & rearrange at least once a year and I am due one soon. But (as you know) I have plenty to challenge me to grow right now! :-)) And, I don’t think “those” voices in our head ever truly go away. We just stop listening to them as much.

  • Sarah Milligan

    The new space is looking gorgeous so far, Monica! What a busy week for you. Editing visual clutter is something I struggle with, for sure… when there is stuff around me I am so easily distracted. Having little ones, my ‘creative space’ (which is in the middle of the house) is often overwhelmed by their stuff. But at this age, I want them near me so I love their messes. But still, a creative soul needs space to breathe and be able to take in inspiration. If I figure out any answers, I’ll let you know! I think it does come back to editing. Maybe I will go edit some visual clutter now that I’m inspired.
    Love your blog… I haven’t missed an episode since discovering it a year ago, and I’m slowly making my way back through all the interviews! It’s such a wonderful thing to hear how other creative women work/think. Thank you for all you do to share that with us.

  • http://artfullycarin.com/ Carin Cullen

    And that’s why I have just been on a 2 week social media fast! I needed to stop and hear the voice inside telling me what was right for me.

    Your new space is looking fabulous so far. I can’t wait to see it. And I so love that you are giving yourself space to think and grow in the room. That’s what I hope to do too. I’m concentrating on finishing off my studio this spring and summer, so I can move straight back in when my son goes to preschool in the autumn (I have pretty much worked out of the kitchen since he was born). I’m purging so much stuff and I love it.

  • Melissa AuClair

    Beautiful new space Monica :) And I can’t wait to hear about your workshop. I’ve been so excited to watch you grow- it seems like you are doing more and more. Thanks for the encouragement to settle down and have a quiet time!