For a time, I kept a journal too and would sketch alongside her. However, I always thought of it as something I was doing "for" her and didn't take it terribly seriously. Then something changed. One day, I discovered that I yearned to sketch the melting snowman in our backyard. I wanted to capture the moment when winter decided to become spring at our house. My daughter was nowhere around. Nonetheless, I picked up a fine point pen and some water colour and went to it alone. And now I can't stop! I am taking great joy from keeping a nature journal and I wanted to share it with you since it has taught me a lot about learning to enrich my own life alongside that of my children. In the past I've had a tendency to reserve beautiful things like this for my kids and to leave my own appreciation of the arts and nature for "another time." I'm beginning to realize that time is now.
Do you forget to pursue your passions in favour of your child's? Here are three signs you need to focus on bringing beauty and art to your own life too: