“The big question is whether you are going be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
~ Joseph Campbell
The second Fall Fearless and Fly challenge over at Artists in Blogland has come out! Here is the challenge:
Headline Prompt: Taking a Chance: When did you take a chance or a leap of faith? How did it turn out? What did you learn?
Color Prompt: What color do you like least? Use it!
Quote Prompt: “Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase — that’s what wild geese are for.” Anonymous
I chose to do the headline & color prompt.
I’ve mentioned before that I used to have a fancy job, and wear a suit. I had worked at that same company for almost 10 years when I got pregnant. After many talks, we decided that our ideal situation would be for me to stay at home with our new baby. This would obviously mean me leaving a very lucrative job and my comfort zone. I’ve always been a huge feminist, and very independent. So the thought of me relying “on a man” freaked me out a little. Not to mention this would involve becoming incredibly domesticated. However, I knew the quality of life I wanted for my child, and that did not involve me traveling every week. So, with a deep breath, I stepped into the unknown. I remember vividly driving home that day thinking “I just left my job where I make XXX amount of money. Am I %^*$ing crazy?” Looking back, it was the best thing I could have ever done. Ironically, even though our income was cut in half, I feel as though we have more now. It was a big wakeup call to how we spend our money, and we have become much more frugal and responsible as a result. I’ve also realized I can be a strong, independent feminist AND a stay at home mom. They are not mutually exclusive.
As for the color on this page, I chose pink. I am a recent convert to using magenta and I’m still not totally comfortable with it. I find the easiest way to use a color I’m not crazy about is to mix it with colors that I love. I started this page laying down some tissue paper with matte medium. Over that I layered lyrics from one of our favorite songs – The Greatest Sum by The Avett Brothers. Finished up with sketchy flowers, lots of ink, some words on book pages, and neocolors II.
It can be terrifying to step away from what you’ve always known and venture into the unknown. However, I find those times can be the most exciting – it’s when you are forced to grow the most. When everything is shaken down & breaks, you make room for something even more beautiful to grow back.
Linking up on Friday to Julie’s Art Journal Every Day.