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How my Art Community Protects me from being “Ghosted”


As I am traversing through this new season in my life, I’m trying to keep my head up and my heart safe through this treacherous ground called “dating.” I heard someone say, “These are not my expectations; these are my requirements to have access to my time and my life.” I’m trying to have the same sort of strong stance. I don’t want to get desperate or needy and then find myself in an unhealthy relationship.

When I take a step back and get some perspective, I can truly say that, if I never found romantic love again, my life would still be off-the-charts amazing. And this is probably my best protection in navigating midlife courtship—I create a life that is so full and satisfying that romantic love could be a great addition but not a necessary one.

Part of my super cool awesome life is having a community of like-minded people. I receive a lot of hugs, cheers, and encouragement from my peeps at my art studio. We love each other and support one another through the good times and bad. They all say the same thing— that the art studio is a safe place where they feel heard and seen. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Another protective part of my life is my family. I have a deep connection with my kids, my parents, and my siblings. They bring richness to my day-to-day reality, whether it’s my dad popping over from next door for coffee or a fun video call from Weston or my daughter and grandson staying for the weekend. I’m blessed to have time with my family.

We all need a place and people with which to connect. If you are in the area, please come and check out our art community here at the studio! Or join us on our upcoming Edenwild art retreat. It’s like an injection of a vitamin-rich, healthy artistic-women-community.

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