You may recall that when we last spoke, I was preparing for my first ever workshop focused on social media for creative people. I had it. It was awesome. But. But. There's always a but, isn't there?
It didn't exactly go as planned.
I've seen this concept at work many times in my life. I'm always amazed when it happens, and then that astonishment fades and I forget how it works. If I just get in there and get busy, get my hands dirty with whatever the task at hand happens to be, things have a way of working themselves out. Going to college was like that. Raising kids. My career. Finding and meeting my husband. Art. Writing. Ink & Alchemy.
Looking back, none of those things turned out to be quite what I'd thought they'd be. They took longer than I would have liked. They were harder than I'd expected.
I was working, going to school, and raising two kids. I was tired. Tired of getting my hopes up only to see them fizzle out yet again. One that fateful, shining day, I was slated to meet a man for drinks after work. I slept through the alarm and was forced to get ready for work as quickly as possible; this was not a recipe for glamorous shiny hair or a stunning outfit. Add to that a busy day working in the lab, classes, and no lunch. By the time the end of the day rolled around, I was cranky, exhausted, and my hair was hideous.
Not what I'd expected. Not what I wanted. Not how I'd planned it.
I almost didn't go on that date, and in fact, I was late. I didn't have his phone number, which is fortuitous or I most certainly would have canceled. Thank goodness he was hungry, so he was still sitting there at the table when I arrived. Again, not what I expected. How could I ever have expected this? He was so far outside of my realm of experience that I had no way of even imagining what was in store for me. That kind of awesomeness can do nothing but knock your socks off, throw you for a loop, and change your life forever. He was perfect. He still is.
I'm taking the circuitous way around to say this: Unless you put yourself out there, unless you stretch and grow and push your boundaries, you can't know what will develop. For me, Ink & Alchemy is illustrating this concept yet again in my life. I don't quite know where I'm heading with it. I don't exactly know how it will turn out, yet I just get in there and do the work. Get involved. Try new things. Miraculously, each of these things just leads to something better.
The Don is like that. It's been five years since that first meeting. Five years since we sat at that little high top table and guardedly offered up little bits of ourselves over tapas. It was terrifying. He had such kind eyes and was so brilliantly smart, that I wasn't quite if I knew what to do with him. Our second anniversary is coming up, and I can tell you, it's been worth every breath-taking, wondrous, absolutely terrifying second. It's not always easy, and sometimes I have no idea of what I'm doing, but I just keep on.
It turned out that I didn't even get a chance to work through the slides I'd presented for the social media workshop. The questions and comments took us in a completely different direction. In fact, it turns out that live, in-person probably isn't even the best way to do that. No matter. We had a lovely time, we learned a few things (I know I did!), and I have a new direction for I&A. 2013 is going to incredible!
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Have a great week, Inkers! I hope something completely unexpected happens and it takes you in a magnificent new direction.