What will your New Year resolutions be?
This year I will work on myself.. and what makes me happy. Last year I wrote a blog about doing what makes you happy and I have to say this year has been great. Aside losing my Mom and some family members all in all it has been a full year of experiences good and bad.
New things I have been doing this year is pursuing more activities insofar as what items of entertainment I offer. One is adding paint parties for adults. I have been doing it for children for years. The popularity of paint nights have boomed. I am wondering how long it will stay for.
Let me tell you about a heartfelt experience I had with one paint party I did for children. So at my average party I get there early, set up and away we go. 1.5 hours into my 2 hour party some of the parents came down into the basement to check on the kids because for that amount of time they heard NOTHING. One lady says, "I had not heard a peep out of my kid for 1.5 hours, is everything ok?" So she walks over to her child and looks at me puzzled. I asked her if she was ok? She proceeds to ask me if I helped him paint in any way? I said, "no not really, why?" She now starts explaining to me that her child is Autistic and often needs a bit of more help than others. Well I looked at her and said I didn't even know. She looked at me and her child in amazement and started to cry. Of course I started to cry and both of us blubbering idiots were crying. This is exactly why I do what I do. I just love kids.
Here is another story but a funny one.
So now entering into the realm of adults I get a call to teach a paint party for a lady who retired. Upon walking into the event I see about 12 ladies between the ages of 40-65 yrs old. So as I proceed to set up a lady comes up to me in her broken English accent of Italian dialect she says "I don't know why I am here, I will never be able to do this" I assured her she will be fine. So we paint for about 2 hours and as I gather up the ladies for a group picture she yells out.." I did such a good job maybe I can sell this on Ebay" I looked at her and my heart was full. She went from being completely unsure of herself to pure confidence. What a great day, I said to myself.
I would love to hear stories about what you do for yourself that makes you happy. Although I get paid for what I do, being an Artist is my life calling and by far it has given me the best experiences of my life.