A couple of years before G was born, I fell in love with paint your own pottery places. There was one not far from where I lived and I found myself visiting them when life got too hectic for me (like at Christmastime when my anxiety tends to be through the roof). At first I felt weird being there by myself. If anyone else was there it was parents with their children or a group of friends getting together for something fun.
But then the world around me would melt away while I was dipping a brush into paint and gliding it across a ceramic cup or dish. For two or three hours I forgot about everything that was stressing me out, focused only on what I was creating in front of me. I always left feeling more relaxed and my head was a little clearer.
Without knowing it, I was actually doing a form of self-care.
When I started looking into a public fundraiser for this year’s Climb Out of the Darkness I had those painting sessions in mind. I wanted to give others a chance to take a little bit of time out for themselves and maybe let the craziness of the world melt away for a little bit while they created something beautiful.
So I’d like to invite you to join me in a little bit of self-care on Tuesday, May 3. Grab a beverage and join me for a Paint-it-Forward event at Wine & Design Fredericksburg. We’ll paint and take home our own Summershine Tree to hang on our walls or give to someone we love. (Personally, I am hoping to add the names of my kids along the branches to make it into a family tree.)