On 9-11-2011, I was given the honor of participating in the 10th anniversary remembrance of 9-11 on our own Capitol Steps in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Our local writer and advocate for the arts, Michael Shay, wrote a nice post about the day and the challenge that lay before me…
That’s me with my daughter Jayne, receiving artifacts from various churches and organizations in town to create the Interfaith Peace Sculpture :)
The attacks on my country in 2001 are still crystal clear in my mind. I was a senior in High School when it happened.
I woke early that morning in California and turned on the news. One of the trade center buildings had smoke billowing out of it but the reporters did not know what was going on… suddenly I watched live as the second plane hit.
It looked like something out of a movie. It was unbelievable.
At school that day, every classroom had the news on. We prayed, had moments of silence and held one another as we cried for the nearly 3,000 lives lost that terrible day.
-I managed to crank out a blog post almost every week (with the editing prowess of Artist Sasha Jawed)
-I paid off a few debts (with the encouragement and example of my dear friends Adam and Sara Fansler, and Dave Ramsey)
-I took a leap and incorporated my non-profit, The Battered Bride Project (Nannette Alaniz is helping make this dream a reality)
-I finally created an LLC for my art business (with expert advice from my rockstar CPA, Roxanne Ostland)
I’m not bragging, I’m sharing this with you because in June I crashed and burned. I wrote about the 3 R’s because I really needed to get back on the horse, but it ended up being tougher than I thought.
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” –Walter Elliott
Like a pirate
Remember when you were learning to walk? Likely not, but it’s very likely you stumbled, fell, got hurt… but you kept trying until one day you were running!
When did you first learn to give up?
If you had so much tenacity as a baby then you still have it today, and now you have the ability to analyze everything with your intellect… oh, maybe that’s what gets in the way sometimes 😛
Recently I got burned out and it took me some time to realize it. I couldn’t figure out why all my motivation was gone… why I couldn’t get up in the mornings; couldn’t write, couldn’t paint… my creativity and tenacity were depleted.
I gave out a big “Arrrrrr” like a pirate and remembered a simple strategy I’ve used for some time now: