I have had the unique experience of teaching a new to me class at FSU, Sketchbooking. While I know this seems like an obvious class for art students and myself, it can actually be a difficult habit to maintain. I was so over the moon about this journey. I took lots of classes on Skillshare, read Cover to Cover several times by Julia Rothman and then started on my own journey. I took it really seriously, and with that I meant was that I dove in. I call it the Sketchbook Challenge 2017 and I have been documenting it on Instagram.
With all this sketchbooking I came to discover several things I had been avoiding in my personal life. Some of those are really quite boring to share over the internet, but a lot of it was just finally tuning into what my mind was having a hard time telling me. I needed to pull back from a lot of commitments that I thought I should be maintaining. This past December I also read the book by Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must. This book has been leaving seeds in my mind to help me recognize what I needed to change.
Change can be horrible. All this sketchbooking is keeping me sane, but changing what others expect of me is difficult. I knew this would happen and it has been trying on me. So what may seem like a beautiful new world is always a space that has saved me. It was space that allowed me to try on my new robes and shed the skin of what once was.