Adventure Challenge – Broadening my Horizons

I am working on saying yes more. It’s not much of a challenge when I’m on the road and everything new. It is a little more difficult when you are use to your routine.

I was approached by an art student who asked if I would give lessons to a special population. She is the head of a program that works with mentally handicapped individuals who are learning art. I have never worked with this population before but decided I would give it a try. I am so glad that I did.

I toured the facility and was truly amazed at the systems they have in place. This place serves individuals who are not capable of functioning socially or living on their own. There are paying jobs, activities, and even art provided. I was asked to work with one man who loves art. It took a bit to get him focused but once he got there, we had a great time. I was able to show him some different materials and additional techniques. In the two hours we spent together I noticed a significant difference in the way he painted.

When asked if he learned anything from me at the end of the class, he remarked that he learned a lot and listed off several things. It warmed my heart that I could help someone in such a way with art. I look forward to doing more work in the near future.



About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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