AEDM Day 26: Family Collage

by jenn on November 26, 2008

in Art,Art Every Day Month,Entrepreneurship,Expressive Arts Envisioning,Family,Highly Sensitive Person

No, I don’t have a bun in the oven!  Nor is there one planned for anytime soon.  However, when I was pulling magazine clippings for my values collage cards earlier this month, I happened to come across several Asian-American babies, kids and moms (and a dad!).  I figured I’d grab them while I could since it’s rare to see faces like me in the mainstream media (although it’s getting better).

I’m still not 100% sure I’m ready to take the parenthood leap (and who ever is?!)  I love my quiet mornings where I get to wake up without an alarm clock.  I worry that being an HSP would make motherhood ultra-draining.  Plus, Brian and I are used to living pretty independent and flexible lives (which include lots of sleep and a deep involvement in our work).  Life is good.  Sure, we’ve talked about having a family… in the future.  When I look at this collage, I see a vision that’s fun, creative, loving, connected, healthy and joyful, so that makes the whole idea a little less scary.  And it reminds me of the magic of childlike wonder.

Last week, I was in Montclair after my dentist appointment and I walked by this super cute storefront called The Tulip Grove.  I’m going to a friend’s baby shower this weekend, so I figured I’d go in and get a gift.  This is not just a baby shop, it’s also a community/education center complete with a classroom for workshops and support groups.  I was talking to the store owner because I love to connect with local entrepreneurs and it turns out that I met her business partner last year at a Ladies Who Launch event.  I remember her talking about this vision she had to create a destination spot for new moms.  It was awesome to see how beautifully her vision came to life!  And I love knowing that should the time come for me to need a resource like that, I know where to go!

Oh, and one other random thing about my collage… The strawberry is actually scratch n’ sniff!  I just had to cut it out cuz it smelled so good.   I used to have a scratch n’ sniff sticker collection when I was a kid, so it seemed appropriate for this piece. 🙂

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ananda Leeke November 26, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Lovely.

megg November 27, 2008 at 4:46 am

I’m de-lurking because I just wanted to say, “OH, I KNOW!” about the life is good do we want a family thing… I wish it was an easier decision to make – giggle!

I’ve loved your art this month! Thank you for the inspiration!!

rowena November 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I don’t know if I’m a HSP, although I peeked at the site, and it seems quite likely. I have to say, having kids has been a huge challenge, but I have also gained so much. Many things that have altered my perception of myself. And also the way I deal with myself.

I think my kids need to get a little older before I can unpack all the changes they have wrought on my life.

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