My last post was about My Ever Expanding Life. My life has indeed expanded in the years since I lost my mother - I've expanded into a new state, new career, new relationship, new goals, and more.
I genuinely love the shape of my life now. I no longer feel the need for an expansion. I just want to dig in to what already exists.
I continue to love my job at Eastpointe High School. My principal is incredible and provides me with the flexibility and independence to design unique art classes. While I enjoy doing art daily, it is the students that truly make the job worth it. They are so full of life! I feel the school is my spiritual practicing ground. Every morning I pray for patience, the ability to be present, and to love my students. Every day gives me dozens of little moments to practice those traits. Some moments I have wonderful conversations with students, and some moments I fail miserably in practicing patience. Regardless, I am happy to return daily and have another chance.
I've finally started graduate school! I am now a masters student with Prescott College. I am in the mental health counseling program, with a concentration in art therapy. I genuinely love the material I'm given to learn and already find so many practical ways to put it into use.
I continue to illustrate and write. My newest book, "Making it Through Chemotherapy" will be released on February 23rd. I worked hard to increase the quality of my illustrations, as well as tackle a subject that was often painful to remember. Some of my hardest memories are moments when I saw my mother in pain. However, I felt it was important to create a book that showed it is possible to go through something as hellish as chemotherapy and still enjoy life.
In addition to my job, grad school, and my book making, I'm in a nurturing relationship and get to have my family nearby.
I must admit, my life is so good that sometimes I selfishly feel the need to protect it. Like this life couldn't possibly be mine forever. After my mum died, I thought I would never be as happy again. My mum made everything brighter and more fun. However, even though I do not have the joy of her presence, my life has taken a new shape in which every major component infuses me with joy. I hope to continue enjoying it, as well as sharing my joy in all I do and with all the people I encounter.