It's been just a little over a year since I joined the Splitcoast team - that's hard to believe! It's been a year full of learning and growth, of mentoring and being mentored, of forward motion, teamwork, creativity and friendship. Working with people is fascinating, and so often brings the opportunity to build someone else up - to encourage creativity or to bring a new perspective.
One aspect of my job is to answer the 'Ask the Artist' questions that come through the site. Some questions come from members, and some from non-members on a search for information via another site. We answer all these questions, and it's a lot of fun. Some of the answers are posted in our weekly newsletters so others can benefit from the information. Some people are starstruck and surprised that we actually answer. :)
Last week we had a question about a card in the gallery that was found via Pinterest - it was a music themed card, and it particularly touched the heart of one 84-year-old concert pianist full of life and songs and I can only imagine how many stories... I offered to connect her with the creator of the card to inquire if she still had it to purchase. I feel so blessed to be a part of that connection, which had a happy ending - a very similar card sent as a gift from the heart in spite of some difficult life circumstances. That is community, the beautiful glue that connects our group of creative souls together.
I'm sending this card to each of these lovely ladies, since I happen to have both their addresses! This stamp was a chance find on ebay - I love collecting the Stampa Rosa House Mouse stamps, and this was a rare stamp of the month at a rare discount! They're getting harder and harder to find at reasonable prices, but I love a good challenge.
Encourage someone today!