The rumors aren't true. I haven't actually fallen off the face of the planet. I'm alive and kickin'. I've been busy. So busy. My new website and blog are in the works, but life has gotten in the way, as it tends to, and I'm learning to be OK with that. So, instead of waiting for my new blog to launch, I thought I'd check in over here to prove that I do exist.
My favorite artist, Sabrina Ward Harrison, says that you create what you most need. I feel like the past few months have been a true testament to that. Though no real projects have been worked on, and though I have projects left unfinished, I wouldn't say that I haven't been creating. My nights and weekends have been filled with a lot of time spent offline living life. Weekends are filled with group dinners, lawn games, and laughs. Our circle of friends has been small, but very close, and in the past several months the circle has not only strengthened, it's also grown. We have a group of friends that truly feels like family, which hasn't always been the case. Shyness and insecurities have always left me keeping people at a distance, but something in me shifted and I've been connecting a lot with people lately. So, that's what I've been creating: connections. I have no art to show for it, no real evidence at all really, just a feeling of belonging that I've never really felt before.
And maybe that's exactly what I've been needing, because the creative rut I've been in lately lifted and I picked up a blank Moleskine and worked on its cover.
And yep. That's little Christen on the cover, taken right after I was born. I've always loved my side stare that looks as if I'm already plotting and scheming. The paper scrap reads, "She's always been a girl full of hope." I think that sums me up nicely.