So here I am, back in Chiang Mai. It's finally resonating that this is my new home! After being quite the gypsy for the past few years, I've let opportunity arise in being free. So now that I have found purpose, I'm really happy to have landed here where it feels so true. When I came to volunteer last year with Art Relief International I was really impacted by the supportive and loving team that works together to bring art to so many marginalized groups around this beautiful Thai city. This program has opened my eyes and my heart to providing art as therapy. There is something truly amazing about being able to communicate in a visually creative sense, without using words, without hiding anything, and in just trusting the open environment that is created for all to share and to express.
Sometimes it feels like my soul is on fire. I feel so honoured to be able to be an integral part of this organization! I get to work with such amazing people who fully commit to creating art workshops for the specific needs of each group (and the participants really appreciate what we do). I also feel like there is so much to learn about being a leader: patience, understanding, earning respect, looking out for everyone's best interest, giving praise and criticism in balance... It's an amazing learning process and a great challenge. I've been so lucky in the support I've gotten from friends, family, the Cultural Canvas Thailand team, and volunteers. Each day is different in so many regards, presenting new challenges and rewards.
I also get the chance to focus on my own creativity and return to being a productive artist again, which I've been longing to do for sooooooooooo long! Chiang Mai is the perfect place to renew my creative senses. Everywhere I turn there is inspiration: in the streets, in nature, in the food, in the people. There is abundant life. I'm so thankful that life has brought me here again and look forward to what the future holds. With each passing moment I am grateful for this position, and humbled by its challenges. I couldn't be happier to be the new Art Director. Thanks to everyone for the support along the way, specifically to Sarah Lovett who has inspired and pushed me to get here and helped me integrate into living and working here. I'll miss you, you rock.
Peace and love and so much gratitude!