I met Judi 10 years ago. It was a turning point for me. I had just had my 6th child and was trying to figure out how to combine art & motherhood. I registered for an evening class at the Corcoran School of Art - Unlocking Creativity. Perfect title, as I knew it was there, I just didn't know how to tap into it. I was the oldest student in the class, 43 years young, but the closest in age to Judi, and we shared the common bond of art. I don't remember much about the class, only the one pivotal assignment - turn a negative into a positive. I had a week to mull that one over....how open ended could you get?
The biggest negative I was facing at the time, was time...my lack of it. How could I turn that into something positive? It was then that I discovered how to make time. Funny thing was, it had been there all along, but I hadn't recognized it for what it was. I began to notice 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there. The ordinary minutes that occur throughout every day that we usually ignore or fill with meaningless nothingness. So I captured those 5 and 10 minute opportunities to work on my art. Looking around for some concrete way to present this to the class, I recorded my found time on blocks, blocks of time!
Shortly after that class, Judi wrote a profile article on me for Arts & Crafts magazine. As the years passed, we had sporadic communication and meetings - I went to her book signing, we emailed, I visited her studio, she reviewed my book....but we let the dailiness of life get in the way - and we only live 4 miles apart!
Serendipity brought us together again this week. Both of our careers have grown. Judi now writes articles, book and product reviews for several magazines. She still teaches at the Corcoran and always tells her students about the student who found blocks of time. We have made a promise to carve out blocks of time from our lives to meet regularly. It's important to share conversation, art, ups and downs, the highs and lows of living an artful life. Thank you, Judi, for being part of my journey.