Ever since I had Emmy 2.5 years ago, I have been pretty singularly focused on her learning. Learning to roll, crawl, wave, say her first words, walk, social skills, sharing… it’s literally an endless list. Those things are all obviously important, but I’ve found that I lost a little bit of myself along the way.
When I was teaching, I was also constantly learning– new content, new teaching tools, new technology, from my students, etc. This is not to say that I haven’t learned things along the way as a mom, too. I’ve learned SO much about myself, about diaper rashes, breastfeeding, folding and unfolding strollers (I still can’t install a damn car seat to save my life and routinely struggle with opening other peoples’ baby gates, though 🤦🏼♀️).
I’ve always had an interest in penmanship, writing styles, and recently in hand-lettering and calligraphy. For Christmas my parents got me a certificate to a beginner calligraphy class in the city with Laura Hooper Calligraphy (I CANNOT speak more highly of this class and everything about them). Since then, I’ve been steadily practicing and it has felt SO good to be a student again, to be learning something for myself.
It’s been so refreshing to have something to work toward, something to look forward to improving and practicing. It’s also been a reminder to me to invest in myself. I think sometimes as adults, and especially moms, we tend to stop trying things, tend to stop putting yourself out there and trying something new. For example, the dance studio offers an adult tap workshop. At first, I chuckled at it. Then I thought about how I LOVED tap dancing in high school. Maybe that’ll be next for me. But for now, I’m investing into myself though calligraphy.
I’ll share some of my early “faux-lligraphy” and more current work (don’t laugh at how bad it was 🙈) :
(these were place cards for E’s first birthday party a year and a half ago)
(a year ago for my parents’ holiday party)(Feb 2018– check out the difference to my work since taking this course!)(new motto)
I’m about to start an intermediate program and CAN’T WAIT to share what I learn in that course!
Thanks for reading, friends! xo