I love connecting over creativity. I have a friend who is really good at this. Bonnie loves to gather together, establish a safe space, and free participants to do what makes their soul happy. Write a song, paint on a mirror, knit, get your joy on in the dining room with a ribbon dancer (in reality, colorful flags) -- whatever you've got.
For most of my life, art has been an isolated practice. I'm an introvert, but more than that, I've been protective of my work. I didn't want a haphazard comment (or maybe worse, a well-thought-out one) to tarnish the joy I got from it. A perfectionist, I didn't want anyone else's opinion.
When I first started at Appalachian State, I was admitted to the art school and began my journey toward a degree in Graphic Design. Wrestling with my ego, I dropped my art classes soon after discovering critiques on the syllabus and moved in a totally different direction. More than 10 years later, I've come full circle, back in design as a profession. Increased maturity and humility have taught me I don't know everything. And that's actually a good thing.