When we last left off, I was telling you that our retreat ended with a lecture.
We had signed up to hear Victoria Findlay Wolfe speak. I do actually follow both Bumble Beans blog and 15 minutes of Play blog. Of course, I adore her double wedding ring quilt that she won with at Quilt Con. But for some reason, I was closed off to thinking it was ever something I could really get into.
It was a nice small gathering, which made it super comfortable. And guess what? I totally connected with her story and style! She was a great speaker. She made me cry a few times even. She was just so relatable and it absolutely resonated with me. Victoria was very sweet in person and a real person. And I left feeling really inspired!
I am constantly needing to push myself forward, open myself up to new opportunities and ways of thinking. And I need to stop judging myself and worrying that I’m not good enough.
It reminds me of the Martha Graham quote:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
Oh, and Victoria put up a little video of her day.
A great weekend, great time sewing, and an inspiring lecture.