What do you want to be when you grow up?

I was always dreading that question when I was growing up because I knew nobody was taking my answer seriously.

I wanted to be an archeologist/historian/a doctor without borders/live in a forest with the fairies/be an artist/and a druid/ and save the Earth. All of that while wearing pretty clothes. Yes, all of it.

Needless to say there were quite a few chuckles at best. But I insisted, all the way through high school that yes that is what I was going to be doing.

I went on to study Art History at University while learning Japanese and Chinese. I also studied Anthropology, History and Archeology ( and I still keep current with findings in all these areas) while selling handmade Calligraphy cards through a boutique in my town.

During my University years my then American boyfriend ( and now husband) moved in together and decided that right now was a great time to have a baby. When my son turned 1 we moved to the US (that is another story). Several years later, after selling handmade jewelry online and through fairs (which was a lot of fun) I decided to pursue another one of my dreams: heal people and I studied several years to become an Herbalist. I had a practice for several years and while I loved making people feel better it became a heavy burden after a few years. As an outlet I was taking online classes. I had not painted since high school although I was drawing here and there and doing calligraphy still. 

I also took a keen interest in gardening, local ecosystems and planting for wildlife.

Fast forward a few more years and I am now a full time artist, my garden has been photographed many times by people wanting to know how I do it and it has inspired other people to plant for wildlife too. I still heal my family with herbs and next year will be the year for that house in the forest with the fairies.

And I wear pretty clothes every day. Even when I turn the compost pile.

So, never, ever, let anyone tell you that your dreams are foolish, that you can't make a living with them or that they are "too much". 

They don't know what they are talking about.

Much love,

Marie

 

5 comments

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Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

Marie-laure Delage-carlson

Thank you Elizabeth, I had not seen your post! I can’t wait for the fairy house in the woods… soon!!

Elisabeth Kauffman

I did enjoy living next to you and your magical space. And I look forward to pictures of the faerie house in the woods.
I love learning about your journey through life and never giving up your dream for how you want to be in the world, even while trying on many different “costumes”. You are authentically and magically you.

Marie-Laure

Thank you so much Kathy for such lovely words. I appreciate it very much. I hope you enjoy the rest of this month’s blog!

Kathy Marsh

I love your writing and your wit! I love your art, as well!

I’m so happy that our daughters became friends because that’s how I met you.

You’re such an inspiration to all who meet you!

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