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Chapter One {23/52}

This is the beginning of a great adventure....

When I was a little girl, I spent most of my time in my treehouse (which my mom and I built together because she's awesome like that) and I would draw and write for hours on end. I was always an artist at heart, but as I got older the reality of the world fell on my shoulders and I lost my way. I worked simply to survive and lost sight of my dreams. 

My childhood dream was to be an illustrator for Disney. I loved the characters they created and wanted so much to be apart of that. I couldn't afford to go to college though, so after one semester at the Art Institute of Charlotte, I dropped out. It seemed that my dreams were too far out of reach, so I gave up.

Somehow, I've managed to find my way again and although working for Disney is no longer part of that dream, creating characters and illustrating stories still is. Now my dreams are alive again and anything seems possible. I have three particular dreams that I've always wanted to accomplish and am well on my way. One was to be an artist selling my work in an art gallery (done - thanks Art Mecca!), two was to write and publish a book (in progress), and the third was to backpack through Europe (soon to come!).

There is a small series that I've been wanting to do that involves abandoned castles and the wonderful old world feel of Europe. My husband and I have decided to sell our house and set aside some of that money to make this dream a reality. I don't know when we will go yet, but hopefully sometime in the coming months. I'm calling this my "secret series" for now because I want it to be a surprise and will not be sharing the images until the book is released. This series will be in addition to the 52 week project and I'm very excited about it.

I am so grateful for such a wonderful husband who supports me whole heartedly. This project, as well as last week's, are among the few that I have shot entirely on my own and it always makes me appreciate him even more. It's so much easier when you have an extra set of hands, but I did have fun throwing paper in the air and making a mess of the living room. 

This has been an amazing journey so far and I'm so glad I can share this experience with my best friend, and all of you. There are many more great adventures to come... this is only the beginning...

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