Here are a few statements I heard growing up that led to a core belief that I’m not good enough:
- You’re going out dressed like that?
- Aren’t you going to put some lipstick on?
- If you would just… (eat better, exercise more, wear nicer clothes, you fill in the blank.)
- Just get over it, it’s no big deal.
- Can’t you take a joke?
- It’s your responsibility to… (this is a long list!)
- You’re going to study what? How will you make a living?
There were so many times when my own thoughts, opinions and feelings were shushed, ignored, or devalued to the point that I started hiding behind a facade of who I thought I was supposed to be and completely lost sight of who I really was.
Art became my path of transforming that core belief and many others.
Culturally, many mid-life women like myself were taught it was selfish to focus on ourselves, it wasn’t okay to stand out, it was our responsibility to be the caregiver and yet we were also told we could have a career, be successful. These conflicting messages often make it even more challenging to get to the core of who you are deep down.
Reconnecting to your Inner Artist is an ideal first step to finding your authentic voice.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
— Brene Brown
We will explore the theme creatively through a variety of self-protraits. We will collage, paint and draw our way through the journey to authentic self-expression.