Finding My Voice

Nature Collage

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.  ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Fields of Gold

And here I am, already at the third day of the Three Days, Three Quotes challenge which Jane Morley nominated me for.  Jane, it has been enjoyable and, to my surprise, enlightening.

I knew I was going to have fun with this challenge.  What I didn't realize was how much of my self would be reflected in the quotations I chose.

Day 1: Not all those who wander are lost.

Day 2: Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Day 3: I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.

During my first few years after my early retirement {a decision made after a cancer recurrence}, I found myself wandering.  Not from place to, my home is my sanctuary, my heart, a place I hold dear for the memories it contains...but from idea to idea of what I should do next.  I could not shake myself of the notion that I should be doing something productive, that I should be leaving my mark somehow on this earth.  I rejected the idea of just cocooning, of allowing myself space to renew after what had been a turbulent nearly three years of regaining my health.

Little did I know that cocooning was just what I needed.

I began to wander the internet.  I took Susannah Conway's wonderful blogging course.  I began a blog, which introduced me to a whole new world.  I became friends with other bloggers, all lovely women who shared my interests.  Through them I began to learn of more courses, such as those offered by Flora Bowley and Kelly Rae Roberts.  I rediscovered my love for art.  On impulse I bought a DSLR camera (thank you Leslie, for your guidance!) and found another art form that I loved.

I wandered and discovered not so much purpose but something better.  I found fulfillment.

And passion.

And joy.

My dear blogging friend, Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise commented on my last post, "A lovely list and I love how family and friends are woven into each one."  I had not realized I had done that, but it is true; they make up the fabric of my life. The memories created by time spent with those I love are woven into a strong cloth that withstands all the challenges life inevitably offers up.  It is my protection against all storms.

And then there is visual art, a form of expression that I had denied myself for so many years, out of the belief that I was not creative enough, clever enough.

Life is too short to not pursue what brings me joy.  And creating brings me joy.


I've only recently begun painting again but what I have noticed is that with my brush and paints {and, at times, with my camera} I am able to express the happiness, love, joy, and delight I sometimes feel incapable of expressing with just words.

::Happiness that I am in good health::

::Love for family and friends::

::Joy for ordinary moments::

::Delight in the world around me::

If you were to choose three quotes in three days, which would you choose?  If you would like to play along, please do, I look forward to reading what you discover about yourself!