I am writing to you again from the south of France where I have returned to live. A short catch up story and then on to what’s next.
In the last chapter of my newsletter (seems like eons ago), you might recall that I was trudging along trying to figure out how to get painting back into my life while working too many hours at the small B&B.
I finally had to admit to myself that painting wasn’t going to happen. I gave up on any further attempts as well as my newsletter and blog.
The Decision (detail) ~ Oil on Canvas on Panel 13” x 20” ~ ©Linda Hough
Somewhat despondent, feeling like I had failed at my quest, I continued the daily routine, happy to have something productive to do.
All the while, I kept my deepest desire alive: to combine some form of creativity with the coaching tools I know to be effective.
I was also repairing the relationship that had brought me to, and then back from France.
Without a doubt, coaching became the valuable tool that brought us back together. Through an excellent relationship coach, and with massive work on both our parts, we healed the past hurts and closed the gap that kept us apart.
In one fell swoop, it was time to say good-bye to the desert again, and return to the place I now call home.
View from a hike to St. Paul de Vence, France
Ah….french cheese, wine and chocolate divine. Oh how i missed you.
But I digress.
Just as I arrived back in France, another key piece in my life puzzle fell into place. I discovered visual journaling.
In lieu of painting, I had been working with collage. But that wasn’t quite the process I was looking for. I felt good about the work but something was definitely missing.
This missing piece was…drum roll please… PAINT!
And randomness. And messiness. And freedom.
Oh, the freedom! Yes, undeniably I was on fire with visual journaling.
Fast forward a couple of months. I’m all settled back in and happy, rather ecstatic, to announce the culmination of my creative and coaching work, my perfect combination of expression and exploration: Creating Life Through Visual Journaling workshop.
If you’re in a place of transition, of not knowing what you want to do, where you want to go, or who you even are, if you find life dissatisfying and KNOW there is something more.
It’s fun. It creates results. And you’ll never look at life the same way again. You’ll find more information is under WORKSHOP tab.
My great appreciation to you for continuing this journey with me. I look forward to sharing the brightest and best bits of visual journaling with you.