Photo by Ben Garratt showing empty airport during Covid-19 pandemic.
I am always amazed when I sit down to write a blog post, how much time has gone by since I wrote the last post. I’ve never been very good at sitting down and knocking out blog posts because honestly, it’s not on my top 10 list of things to do. I would much rather communicate directly with people, be creating in my studio or mapping out plans for the next awesome workshop.
But there are plenty of topics that relate to all of us that are important to share and I would like to share some thoughts with you.
The Effects Of Covid
I suspect many of you are no doubt experiencing a roller coaster of emotions and feelings as this Covid pandemic and other unpleasant world events (especially in the United States), continue to unfold. I’m right there with you.
I feel that part of my job as the Creative Director of Zenso Creative, a Mom, grandmother, wife, daughter and friend, is to stay upbeat and positive in the midst of the chaos, no matter what that is. I’ve ridden many roller coasters in life (not real ones—too scary) and weathered them pretty well.
But this is different. I live in Florida. My oldest daughter, her husband and three of my grandchildren, are currently stationed in Japan. My 81 year old mother lives in Massachusetts. I normally see them all at least every six months. I haven’t seen them in a year.
My youngest daughter, her husband and two of our grandchildren live in North Carolina so we are able to see them. But even they feel like they are a million miles away sometimes.
I am not alone. You are not alone. People all over the world are separated from loved ones, anxious and lonely to see them again or just feeling the heavy psychological burden of a world dramatically changed. Perhaps you are one of them. My heart goes out to you. These are tough times on the psyche even for some of the most put together people I know.
How Art And Creativity Has Kept Me Sane
I have written before, about the healing benefits of being creative and working with art. I spend most days going out into my gardens first thing in the morning and checking on the vegetables and communing with the abundant wildlife on our property here in Florida. From there, it’s several hours of work for Zenso Creative™ and sometimes a little creative time in the afternoon.
Except for Wednesdays. I try to carve out my entire Wednesdays for creative time. I have been working on a lot of printmaking with textiles and trying to find enough time to finish some much anticipated projects for potential future workshops. I did manage to get my own website redesigned and up again during this time and I hope you will check that out here.
But I digress. The time I spend in my studio, with my favorite instrumental music on the Bose, is critical, mental health therapy. What I have realized is I never have enough of it. Losing myself in the creative process takes me away from all the chaos of the outside world and brings such joy and calm to my body and my soul. I can literally feel it both mentally and physically.
It’s not a surprise but has been an eye opener for me. I am working to delegate more so I can not only have that creative time I need, but also so I have time to work on developing new and exciting topics for our Zenso Creative™ students and followers.
More tutorials and workshops, more creative time together, and most important, more community.
How Art And Creativity Has Kept Me Connected
When we realized at the end of March, 2020, that we would be unable to make our trip to Japan to see our oldest daughter and family, my girls and I decided we would do an art class once a week with the five grandchildren. The time differences made it tricky but we worked it out and are on month number three of weekly art lessons.
This isn’t something we would have done had Covid not taken over our lives. And it has been a blessing. In the process, I have researched projects online, developed some of my own and created a series of art classes suitable for children ages 4-12, that have taught some of the fundamentals of art in a fun and energizing way.
As time allows, I will add these lessons to my website so you can share these projects with the special children in your life. You can see the sun catchers we made here.
What The Future Holds?
The family in Japan is there for two more years. I don’t know when I will see them again but I suspect it won’t be until next Spring. That’s a lot of time for creative therapy.
There are so many unknowns ahead for all of us and although it can feel unnerving at times, it’s also been a huge time of opportunity. We have been given the gift of time and what we do with it, is as important now as to our future.
I hope you will take time to sit with your feelings through this crazy time and find ways to keep upbeat and hopeful in the days and weeks to come.
I would love to hear what keeps you busy and happy during these times. Please share and maybe someone who is struggling will benefit from your ideas!
Back to the studio for me…..
Have a wonderful day!