I anxiously tapped my fingers. Would this be the day? Would my watched pot boil? Would my very own issue of Artful Blogging finally be in the mail?
You see, not only would I be published in the magazine, but there was a deeper part of my soul reaching print this chilly fall season. The I Am Enough Collaborative darn near changed my life.
About 9 months ago, in the heart of my own ‘artist’s winter’ I picked up my camera. I was in a dark place artistically. I was burnt out, I was feeding myself lie after lie and pretty much had self-convinced this weary heart that I would never be, enough. The images that came from that day you can now see on page 104 of Artful Blogging’s fall/winter edition.
Those photos would have never seen print if the care of a dear friend hadn’t felt something when I shared them with her. Later Tracey would ask if I minded sharing a bit of myself with her amazing collaboration, I am Enough. With timid hands, I began to type and in no time had written my own powerful declaration. I am indeed enough! What an amazing place I had gotten to. From rain to sun. From darkness to light.
So late summer when Tracey contacted me about interest in including my images in the upcoming publication – I nearly fell off my chair. Tears began to form, as I found myself overwhelmed with joy and pride. I was able to be a part of something bigger and better than what I could have imagined. I was able to share my sorrow and my joy with others and now the news was spreading. Humbled and honored I said my best “yes!” without sounding every bit as eager as I was.
I kept in mind that sometime this fall I would get my own copy of the magazine. After a week or so of an empty mailbox, I began to busy myself with other things. Wouldn’t you know that darn pot boiled on a day I least expected it. The kids had been grouchy and yogurt was drying to my youngster’s carseat. The day felt all wrong and my attitude didn’t help a bit.
Then with my boys still in the car I let out a squeal. It was here, it was here! Secured in plastic with a paper that read: “Congratulations on being published in Artful Blogging…” Published. Published. Published. The words weren’t any less exciting after the 14th phone call I made exclaiming such.
To this day the beautiful issue sits by my computer. The absolute honor of being a part of such an amazing experience, amongst so many other artists I admire and adore…words aren’t enough.
I can’t wait to see the vast places this collaboration goes, and the hearts it will reach. I know I am forever changed.
Note from Tracey: If you would like to share your own story with the I am Enough Collaborative, consider this your official invitation. Or if you want to follow along and soak up the goodness on Facebook or Twitter or join us at Flickr, you can do that as well. It’s your call. I’m just glad to have you! And today, you are invited to share yourself and your enoughness here in the comments.