Wednesday, June 20, 2012

wednesday - want to be

I had the great pleasure of teaching this young lady who traveled to my studio from several states away.
It was arranged months in advance as she is the eldest of three and the lesson was sandwiched in the middle of a summer vacation.  Her lovely Mother has been a devoted blog reader and client and wanted her daughter to have the lesson to look forward to.
Today is wednesday want to be day and I wonder how many readers out there are doing what they wanted to be or not?  I had a teachable moment and realized how fortunate I am to being doing what I want.  I did spend years in fashion design which brought me to New York but after I began my family, I realized the value of being there aligned more with my intention so my free-lance and design work started while my own children were little.  

Looking into the eyes of this young girl, it made me remember how much art meant to me as a young girl.  It still means so much to me and to be doing what I want - sharing my art, teaching and giving inspiration each day here on the blog.

Are you a wannabe or are you living your life and doing as you were intended?
What is holding you back from the person you want to be?
Are you allowing yourself time to create?
Your life is your design.
Do you need lessons in order to be what you want?

Please be honest and share with me.
Are you a wannabe or are you working towards doing what you want to be?


The Buzz Blog said...

We're truly blessed to be doing what we love with the people we love and we wouldn't have had the chance without the support of our wonderful husbands. Yet there's always room to grow and learn... Love your post today, PVE!

Formerly known as Frau said...

What a wonderful experience for this yon budding artist. I honestly never really figured out what a wanted to do in life....when I was young I thought I knew and pursued it and got there and was like woo no way...I really not sure what my passion is it's always on my mind...! Happy first day of summer!

pve design said...

Buzz ladies,
yes we are truly blessed - I would love for you to post more about how you balance things in order to be all you want! I am so impressed how you all balance and juggle work, home, kids and all.

I think you have so many wonderful talents that you have collected over the years. I know that you have shared so many wonderful things with me near and far.
I would love to see you have an on-line shop selling your collections. You find such unique and special things.

I Dream Of said...

Hi Patricia, I'd like to say that, yes, I am who I want to be... in the sense that I'm stepping forward to pursue what I want. I've made the leap, and now I'm floating a bit, getting in touch with what works for me and how I want to reshape my life. I feel very, very fortunate to have this opportunity to explore at this stage of my life. Thanks for all the inspiration you've given me - you do teach so many, including this darling little girl! XO

pve design said...

I am so proud of you for taking that first step which can feel like a huge leap but you have been taking these steps all along to be who you want to be.
I just feel so fortunate to have met you and to know you. Just wish we lived next door so we could share paint and share our joys!

Joyce said...

I love and have so many passions, so I still don't know what I want to be at 54. A few years back I thought maybe my calling was to be a life cheerleader we all need one or two in our corner. Enjoy!! xo

pve design said...

You are such a great cheerleader! I am lucky to have you in my corner. I think you need a pair of pretty pom poms now.:)

JMW said...

What a great gift for that mother to give to her daughter! I'm sure this will be a precious memory of hers. Good question you have posed...I'd have to say I continue to be a work-in-progress, even at 39. While I write for a living, it's not my passion. I work to live, I certainly don't live to work. I'll continue to explore and see where life takes me!

BRASWELL said...

What a beautiful girl! I am truly blessed to be doing what I have always wanted to do...Design. Grand Post.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful gift!

Have to say I am finally writing after taking that fork in the road!

Gail, northern California said...

Did you notice how much that little girl resembles YOU?

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Like you, I am living the life I want as a still life and landscape artist. Though a little over three years ago I was still slaving in a career that kept me from living my dream.

And then on St Patrick's day in 2009 I said goodbye to the previous career and started on the path to be a fine artist. And everyday I am so grateful!

Lovely post, and thanks for writing about your love of art and teaching. Your blog is fantastic, and am so happy I have found it.


Emily said...

Thank you so much for this lovely experience Patricia! Eleanor had such a wonderful time learning and painting with you. And I had the pleasure of meeting you in person too. We'll be framing her art and I feel lucky that she has this memory to look back on in years to come.

I'm always learning, and it's good to remind myself to never stop looking at something through new eyes. Thank you again PvE, for the time you took and the lesson you gave my Eleanor.

MJH Design Arts said...

Yes, I am following my passion--decorative arts and design. And learning day by day how to be simply present. Thank you for the inspiration and the question. Mary

Claudia Lane said...

Dear Patricia, first of all may I say that the little girl in the pic is just gorgeous and reminds of my little one who loves her art and always wants to paint :) I am one of the lucky ones too I went to design school when my middle one started pre-school and never looked back. I started my colour and design business two years later and I've loved the journey so far! I must admit that it's not always easy working for yourself but it's worth it especially when my clients tell me how much they love what we have created xx :)

pve design said...

Thank-you to each of you for you very kind comments. I feel so fortunate to connect with many who are following a path or living a dream. Yes, I felt a connection to Eleanor and how much she reminded me of myself at that age.
I wish each of you a day of all your creative wants fulfilled. Take time to carve out moments for yourself to design the life you imagine.

Becca - Rebecca Atwood Designs said...

I love this post. As you know I'm working on making my life the life I want it to be. I feel I've made choices in my life based on this so far, but you always need to keep checking in and seeing where you're at. This is a good reminder!

pve design said...

Truly, I am totally blown away by the connections to other's who are filling their lives with creating what they want to be rather than wannabe something that does not fit.
Take time to create and enjoy the process.

Lucy Middlemarch and Co. said...

happy to say I'm finally working towards what I want to be, and extremely jealous of your excessively neat studio. how. does. that. happen.

CREED said...

What a lucky girl and a great post!! I have the strongest and fondest memories of art classes when I was a child, I'm sure this special lesson will inspire her in many ways for years to come. I also remember the 'want to be years' years and feel so fortunate and thankful that I pursued my passion which allows me to design the life I want to live. I think the key is to turn 'want to be' into 'learn to be'. Knowledge and talent is a powerful combo. ~ C

Anna Spiro said...

I so wish I could send my Harry over to you for some lessons!xx

Beautiful post.

Janet said...

I'm grateful to have identified my gifts (writing and editing) and to be able to earn my living doing what I love.

I've noticed that often fear holds people back from pursuing their dream career. Or they yearn for someone else's gifts instead of discovering and exploring their own.

LindsB said...

What a sweet post! That little girl is too cute and what a special day of painting she got to do with one of the best artists I know!

While I am not doing what I want to be right now, I am working to reach that goal. While waiting, and finishing school, some days are harder than others. But I'm learning that all good things come to those who wait, but at the same time I dont want to wait any longer! I hope one day soon I can wake up and be excited about what I get to do everyday- right now that is my goal :)

Holly Gruszka said...

How fun and interesting to teach this pretty little girl who obviously has lots of artistic talent. I truly believe that the young express themselves freely and openly - they do not hold back on their feelings and expressions. I'm doing a little bit of both right now - I'd like to be doing more decorating work but for the time being I'll have to enjoy where I'm at in life until we figure out our next steps. Have a great weekend!