Teri is such fun to be with. She has a sparkling, slightly snarky (in a good way) sense of humor that can, and has, caused her dining companions to snort loudly when they laugh. One of the best outings I’ve ever experienced was a lunch with Teri and Melanie Testa. The three of us laughed so uproariously that people at other tables who were innocently trying to enjoy their food gave us dirty looks and may have even muttered under their breath more than once. It was a lunch I’ll never forget.
Teri’s blog currently details her travels as an independent sales representative for Benartex, Northcott, Banyan Batiks, and Figo. She’s a good storyteller. Check it out! She’s a fantastic teacher, too. Take a look at the Tutorials and Helpful Hints section of her website. There’s some really good stuff there.
I alway make a point of telling my students that they need to be kind to themselves. “It makes no sense to be impatient with yourself,” I tell them during workshops I teach, “You are the most important person in your life. Be nice to you.” I even write it in my class handouts.
It can be difficult to remember to take care of ourselves first. I’m reminded of the flight attendant’s instruction to first place the emergency oxygen mask over your own face before tending to your children. Outside pressures and responsibilities can interfere in our artistic lives, making it difficult to find the time and space that we need to fulfill our creative passions. When we can’t do that, we creative types tend to get cranky. And then those around us can get impatient with us.
But it’s unrealistic to expect our friends and loved ones to be kind, thoughtful and caring towards us, if we can’t manage to feel those very things for ourselves.
Thought for today . . . be nice. Give yourself a pat on the back for all that you have accomplished, and go easy on yourself for the things that may not be exactly as you’d like them to be. Things will change. They always do.
It’s been said that you can’t go home again. Maybe that’s true. A person can’t go home again, in actuality, because everything always changes. We ourselves change when we change our surroundings. When we leave our homes, we encounter new things: a new geography, new people, new sights, new smells, new sounds; all these new things affect us, making us change our way of seeing, our way of feeling, and even our way of thinking about the world around us.
We are often told not to dwell on the past. After all, you can’t change it, can you? What’s the sense of taking that trip down memory lane, when you’re sure to come out feeling depressed and frustrated and muttering “couldah, shouldah, wouldah.” Who needs to be reminded of all of their failures, all their mistakes, all their wrong turns and bad decisions? Better to leave all that in the past, where it belongs, right?
Still, it can be a good idea to revisit the past every now and then. After all, there were good things that happened, too. Going ‘home’ again, and thinking about your past can be an excellent way to evaluate where you are in your life, and how you got there. Perhaps it can help to set a course for a new direction or a different way of thinking.
Yesterday I visited the county clerk’s office and filed a business certificate for The Quilt Whisperer. Today a piece of paper stamped with an official seal says I am my own boss. That piece of paper is framed and hangs in my studio, and the dream I’ve had for so long is a reality. There will be hard work ahead, but I love my work, and you know what ‘they’ say: loving your work is the key to happiness.
I am passionate about teaching others the skills I’ve acquired during the many years that quilting has been my obsession. The joy I feel when a student’s eyes light up with understanding is everything to me. There really is nothing better than hearing a previously struggling student say, “Oh, this is how you do it!” Well, maybe there is one thing better . . . hearing a student say, with conviction, “I can do this!” That, to me, is the ultimate reward!
If you are reading this, I thank you, and I invite you to join me on my journey as an independent quilt instructor — A Quilt Whisperer. I’m excited to see where this new road takes me!