Well, introductions are always a bit awkward. Welcome to my blog! Here you’ll find my creative journeys on my prairie homestead and wintertime travel adventures. It took a lifetime of dreams and intention to arrive here. It all started when I moved to a remote rural Nebraska farmstead from suburban Colorado, finally living in the country and ‘being an artist’. My daughters had grown and fledged the nest, so it was time to spread my own wings. I had met someone who was as creative, driven and unconventional as I was in his own way, and after several years of hard work we built our home, business, and homestead where he grew up. We’ve cultivated a life where we can do and be what we want. It’s an isolated but infinite world out here.
As great as it’s been in a lot of ways, it’s been really hard to find community because of the remoteness of this location. After years of trying, I realized that community is more expansive than a physical location. I have to be honest with you, being an introvert has made me reluctant to try very hard. I’m pretty darn comfortable spending most of my day alone. I love my solitude, but I miss human interaction. Being so extremely isolated this year because of the pandemic brought me face to face with some new parts of myself. For the first time in my life, I missed being around people. I missed talking about ideas. Sharing food and funny stories. Touch. I don’t see people very often but when I do, I find myself smiling like an idiot and wanting more than anything to just reach out and gently touch their arm, or their hand. Under normal circumstances that might be a little weird. It’s a really basic human need that I was never really aware of in myself before.
Over time I’ve realized that I’m not content with just any company. I need ‘my people’, the ones who live outside of binary boundaries. I mean binary as a perspective and mindset, which of course can include gender. I think of “Either/or” and black and white thinking as binary and confining. The nuanced world outside of that is colorful, multidimensional and it’s magic to connect with people who get that. People who live, think and act outside of boundaries- those are my people. Artists, creators, makers, dreamers. You know who you are.
I am ridiculously excited to connect and share with the BFF community! I hope to inspire while I share my projects, places I go and people I meet. I also hope that this will be an interactive experience. Give me feedback, ask questions, call me out (gently) if you think I’m misguided. I want to understand your experiences, and I want to give you insights into mine. Even though I’ll be ensconced in my little home, studio or camper or wherever I may be furiously typing away, I want to connect with you. Let’s be real, honest, authentic, compassionate and kind with each other. Welcome to my world!
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Artist, homesteader, teacher and adventurer. Turning over every literal and figurative rock that I can find, living curiously and creatively outside of the conventions of the common world.
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