When I started reading Emily’s blog, I was drawn to her compassion. Just like her, I also faced the trials of growing up as a female in this world and not knowing when I should speak up or close up. I longed for her words each week, which gave me comfort and forgiveness for any mistakes I made along the way.
In short, she changed the way I view my life.
When Emily started writing about art, however, my life changed in an even greater way. I wrote before about how I never considered myself creative:
Isn’t creativity for the artists, the painters, the makers-out-of-anything? Certainly being able to put some words together on a piece of paper doesn’t make me a creator.
Emily writes about how everyone is an artist, in their own way. It’s in the way we live our life, the way we speak to strangers on the street, how you care for your children. We are all living and breathing art. When I read her words more and more, I couldn’t help but agree.
I fooled myself all along.
When I think about how I’m living my art, for me, it’s always been about the words. This is how I express my creativity. But, I don’t just want to write some interesting words and then hide them away in a desk drawer. I want to inspire people. If I boiled down how I live my art to one statement – this would be it. Remember my self-proclaimed self-title?
Since Emily invited us to share how we are living our art today, I wanted to do something special and tie in my 31 Random Acts. So, I painted this sign for my sister.
It’s always been about the words.
My sister is the most driven person I know. I have a hard time keeping up with her most days while she’s sleeping. She’s a member of Ohio State’s leadership society, heritage organization, and student government. She volunteers at the local jail in Columbus and touches all people she comes across. I told her that I wanted to paint the sign with this quote because I honestly think these passions are the most beautiful things about her.
Nicole – you inspire me and I want to share your story so that we inspire others. This is how we’re living art. xoxo
Other 31 Random Acts conducted (that I know about!):
- My sister wrote a note to someone who inspires her (she is doing this every day in October)
- The Undercover Princess is writing a note to soldiers!
- The Kitch Witch dropped off banana bread for flood families!
Thank you for your RAK love!
Are you completing a random act today?