Today was a hot day so I’m not one for baking outside. This is the type of day where you just want to relax. I was thinking about my kitty and fond memories of the past. Even though it has been over a year, I still find myself getting emotional once in a while, but now I smile much more than cry. Part of healing is taking care of yourself and finding things in life that make you smile. So today I decided to create some art. I had a few extra canvases in my closet and some acrylic paint from Michael’s so I figured let’s get painting!
When I was a kid growing up I absolutely loved three things; stuffed animals, kittens and art. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts about 10 easy ways to add joy in your life , I mentioned my love of anything creative. Today I used a little inspiration from my own experiences and went from there.
Here are just a few paintings I did today that challenged me yet made me focus on the art and not the pain of grief. I enjoy art and painting because it takes me back to being a kid where you don’t have a care in the world; just your imagination and your paint brush.
I’m Still Here
So regardless if you are dealing with grief, or just looking for another outlet to express yourself and have fun, art is a nice release and a creative avenue to not only challenge yourself but bring joy in the process. You can paint in the comfort of your own home or if you want to get out the house and join friends you can join a Paint Nite class with an instructor in a group setting. If you have never heard of Paint Nite, check out details here. (Note: Paint Nite is for those 21+ age and older as these events do serve alcohol.) For those of you looking for an alternative, you can find similar events in your neighborhood through other mediums like Living Social.
I really am a believer in the power of prayer, power in art, power in the spoken word. These are all different ways people can benefit in healing or changing their lives.
The process of healing is just that a process. So try to find different ways to find fun each day and bring that smile back. What are some activities you enjoy? Ask yourself when is the last time you took a moment to rekindle your childhood passion? Comment and share your favorite pastime below.