I am motivated to be an instrument of change. I’ve been told by some people that I remind them of the Tracy Chapman song, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”. This was a great compliment when I received these words. I am an encourager, especially for people to be strong and brave. I am a lover of learning and a teller of tales. I am a collector of information and a researcher extraordinaire. I am a maker of lists and a generator of ideas. I am an inventor. A collaborator. A mobilizer.
Roughly, the first half of my life was spent in the show-me state of Missouri. I was raised by a seamstress and a farmer. Both my parents lived through the Great Depression and found a use for every kind of thing before throwing it out. Holes in the knees of jeans got a patch, old tires became sandboxes, old dress shoes became fancy cars for my dolls and snow was made into ice cream. Growing up in the country with little to do on lazy summer days created fertile soil for my imagination.
Everything that came after that is fairly routine: School. Degree. Family. Career. And then I won a trip to Paris and London and my whole life changed. I fell hopelessly in love with seeing the world. And this is where my story begins. . .
I have been working as a professional artist since 1982. I have worked in the advertising and graphic design field for 15 years. I have taught art full time for 14 years. No one ever wonders where they stand with me. I easily share my opinions and don’t engage in head games. I strive to be authentic with everyone I meet.
My story is that I am a single, middle-aged female, an artist and a teacher and I have found a way to travel and see the world on a limited budget. My goal is to encourage others to use their talents, live every day passionately and purposefully and to live adventure-filled lives. I experience beauty in the world through remarkable people and places that are different from me and all that I’ve ever known.
This blog will serve as a file cabinet of information on art and the importance of it in our world and in individual lives of people. I will look at beauty and reflect on it and inspire the world to find beauty in even the banal.
Additionally, this blog will serve as a treasure box of discoveries and opportunities for teachers that I’ve uncovered that will encourage lifetime learning, joy and creative expression. I will work to provide a creative program of study about the places I travel to and experience.
This blog will also serve as a resource for gaining inexpensive international travel options that will expand your vision of what’s possible. I will share my resources and I will encourage my readers to “live large” and make the most of every day you have left on this great and wonderful planet Earth.
And finally, my readers will partner with me to experience the joys and heartaches of making a decision that caused me to leave my home, my country and my most loved job as a middle and high school art teacher in Texas, to move abroad and teach in an international school on another continent. And then to leave all that I fell in love with there, in that special and magical 2nd home, only to move back again. Stories about my tough repatriation and my continual yearning for the life I left will also be shared.
Happy reading. I look forward to you making this journey with me. I am very grateful if you decide to follow my blog and I encourage you to write me with questions and comments.
anitajohorton at me dot com