I have had to teach myself how to play and give myself permission on a daily basis to play. It has never come easy and it has taken years for me just be okay with even leaving things in my house undone. Now when I have a task that I don't want to do I have to balance it with my art, things I can do in a short amount of time. For me it is what works.
As I have found my way in the art world, there have been so many artists that have truly helped me to develop a sense of belonging. Each has given me one more measure of confidence to believe in myself and feel comfortable with calling myself an artist.
One of those artists is Kal Barteski, please visit her blog and be inspired. She recently spoke at TEDx Manitoba about Polar Bears, her journey in life and what Play means to her. Please take 18 minutes and watch THIS talk. It is uplifting and encouraging.