Celebrating my FIRST article!
Today I'm celebrating so many things. Not only is it my birthday, but I had the great pleasure of walking into Barnes and Noble and picking up a magazine with my very first article in it! I've always been a book nerd and as a kid, I absolutely loved spending hours in book stores, looking through books and daydreaming about seeing my work on those shelves some day. I never thought it would actually happen though, so this whole experience is so incredibly surreal to me. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am a featured artist for my Mannequin Madness series in the fall issue of Somerset Digital Studio and the best part is, they asked me to write the article! This really is a dream come true and it brings me one step closer to realizing a much larger dream. Today a magazine article....tomorrow...my very own book!
You know, life is really interesting. It didn't seem like that long ago when I was searching for my purpose. Trying to figure out what I was meant to do with my life. Then everything started to change, seemingly all at once.
Two years ago, my life changed with a phone call. My husband and I had just returned from celebrating my birthday in Savannah when I received a call from my dermatologist. I had melanoma. I still remember not reacting to the news. It didn't really hit me until later, when I did a little research, and I realized how serious melanoma is. It's extremely aggressive and once it spreads, there's not a lot they can do.
That fall was a rough time for both of us. I was battling a mixture of denial and depression, but we got through it together, and once the surgery was over, we both felt a sigh of relief when they told us they got it all. Recovery was tough though. The cancer was just above my knee and I ended up busting my stitches from bending it, which meant I had the fun of enduring surgery again because it didn't heal properly. But here I am, two years later, two surgeries later, with an 80% likelihood of recurrence. . . and I'm still cancer free. So cheers to that!
After that I just really needed to be creative. I had been dabbling in photography for a few months by that point, but it didn't really give me the chance to fully express my feelings. So my path began to deviate towards composite imagery. By 2014, I decided this was where I wanted to focus my creative energy, so I started the new year with a 52 week project. It took a little longer than a year to complete, but after selling our house and moving five times while our new home was being built, I'd say it was a miracle I even finished it.
It's been a rough road, but somehow I ended up right where I needed to be despite the challenges and hardships I've faced along the way. It just goes to show that no matter how hard life may seem some days, there is always hope. Dreams really can come true with hard work and perseverance. It may take longer than you want, but everything happens for a reason. Sometimes you have to go through struggles so you can appreciate the good things that come into your life and all the gifts you've been given.
So, to celebrate my birthday, I would like to give YOU a gift! If you're on Facebook then hop over to my page and share/like this post. If you're not, then leave a comment below if you'd like to enter into a drawing for a FREE matted print of your choice. I'll announce a winner tomorrow night.
Thanks for all the love and support! Now I'm off to go jump on a giant trampoline and pretend I'm a big kid for the day with my favorite boys.