Fall is a season I often delay as long as possible. Without kids (and a school calendar to follow), it’s easy for me to keep a summer mindset deep into September. I go out for ice cream every warm Saturday. I wear insufficient ballet flats with ankle-length pants while other people break out their fall boots and scarves. I coax the summer-weary plants on my balcony to hang on just a bit longer, sheltering them with old towels during an overnight frost.
Years after I graduated, I was working full time with a job title of “Creative Director” but all that creativity happened between screens and not fingers. Once I realized how much I missed the physical act of creating and making, I still struggled to make space and time for it, especially because it felt wasteful to use art supplies if it was “just for fun.” I was believing the lie that creativity was only valuable if the end result was shared with an audience.
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