It's August, which means nearly autumn, so in the The Jones Girl's household it's back to school time. We're in the 3rd grade now (yikes) and starting our 7th ballet season. I not only prepare Amira for a full year of learning and growing in extracurricular activities, Mommy continues to learn as well. It gets pretty busy around here but it's a balancing act well worth it. It's important to me to be a continual learner and to teach Amira that life is about living and learning. Dedicating your life to something, especially work that you live, is a huge statement to passion, purpose and incredible journey of living your work.
Lifelong learners and change makers start by first learning, then with doing. The power is in knowledge. The expertise is in experience. That’s what I took away. If you have been following for a while, you know, all of my work is self taught. I'm on never ending continuing education path. I've learned to really appreciate and value -- learning, gaining knowledge, being creative. This week I have been sharing my illustrations again. Quick little doddles while waiting on Amira in the orthodontists or during ballet rehearsals and it makes me reflect on how I began this journey and the vision I see in the future for applying all I've learned to my work.
Being self taught is a beautiful path, it's a never ending spiral down the rabbit hole of knowledge. It all started with purchasing a sewing machine, to being gifted 9 HEADS , the fashion illustration Bible, after I felt like I needed to learn how to draw the designs in my head---and it keeps going and going going. Now I am sharing all that I've learned and my growth with "people". My illustrations are a reflection of my life and my work. It's a beautiful illustration of embracing motherhood and living my work.
For those of you who want to make a living by living.. take a lead from women who are inspiring you to be forever learners and creatives. Be studied, do the work. Take your time on the journey. Here I am 4 years later and I am still doing just that.
I celebrate everything including Back to School and my new year of learning. I have all of my digital illustrations available for download for $1 and the ballet illustrations for $5. Hopefully, you can add a piece of me to your home and your gallery walls or send the beautiful prima ballerinas out to the ballerina in your life.