MEET EMILY LYNN
I have always lived a fairly regular life. I did all the things you’re “supposed” to do – attend college, receive a degree in Psychology, enter the 9-5 workforce. I met a boy. We fell in love, got married, and started a family. Everything was just as it should be.
As time went on, I struggled more and more with the question “what do I want to be when I grow up?” I had a decent job and a wonderful family, but I still felt as though I hadn’t found that thing that I was meant to do. I flitted around, going through phases of dreaming about different occupations: wedding/event planner, blogging, interior design, writer/novelist, antique dealer…I enjoyed aspects of each of these, but none of them felt just right for me.
When my son was just a few years old, I found myself suddenly unemployed. In the quiet time between job searching and enjoying time with my son, I spent a lot of time reading blogs. Somehow, I found a link to Jeanne Oliver’s website and a giveaway for a spot in her “Building a Creatively Made Business” e-class. I was intrigued by the idea, signed up for the giveaway on a whim…and promptly forgot about it. It was a huge surprise when I actually won. The class was wonderful, but Jeanne’s creative network was really the pathway the introduced me to my own creativity.
Until that point in my life, I had always considered myself uncreative simply because I couldn’t draw. Through Jeanne’s videos and classes, I came to the realization that artistic ability is way more than just being able to draw well. Looking back, I see evidence of my hidden creativity peeking through in many areas: drawing personalized place-mats for each family member on holidays, my love for reading and writing, making up stories and plays with my sister and performing them for our parents, and the carousel of different performing and musical arts I dabbled in. Even the career choices I had explored were very creative. My whole life has been an exercise in creativity.
Since then, I have been exploring different mediums of art: painting, drawing, mixed media, abstract, collage – the list goes on and continues to evolve as I experiment and learn. I hope that by sharing my discoveries, others will be inspired to get in touch with their creative hearts also.