Quick update: In the post I wrote seeking help around the house in the aftermath of an injury and big plumbing bill, I listed numerous tasks that I’d appreciate help with.
I promote Stephenson County Spotlight on local Facebook groups and someone who is a fellow group member on one of them offered to help me. She cleaned my gutters, removed vines from the trellises, and trimmed my hedge. She also attempted to help repair my screeen door.
The title of this blog entry comes from what my aunt said to me during a phone conversation. I was stressed out from dealing with numerous house-related problems that happened in succession and sought her advice about yet another matter. She said to me, “Keep doing good. Keep helping people.”
Sometimes, I need help myself in order to do that. Until May of this year, I had been a volunteer GED classroom tutor. I missed the last couple days I was scheduled to tutor because I was just too exhausted from trying to tend to my normal household tasks and the financial aftermath of the plumbing bill.
I visited the Highland Community College campus a couple days ago to pick up an intermediate algebra book from the adult literacy program coordinator. She asked me how I’ve been doing. “I have been better,” I answered honestly.
I’ve had to check my thoughts and think rationally so many times these past months. I can’t say that things have been horrible through and through. I can think of many positive things that have happened in the past several months. By asking for help, I’ve met some very kind people who have given me practical support and stress relief in the form of laughter.
I’m a “feelings” type of person. I need to do things that I enjoy and help me grow as a person to feel like life is worth going through.
Three days in August I volunteered at the Freeport Art Museum’s Outside the Box summer art camp, session II. I was one of the teacher’s assistants. The kids and teen volunteers were great and I got to work with art and craft materials that I normally wouldn’t think about.
My primary craft is crochet. I do sell things that I make. I make other crafts like jewelry occasionally. I paint and draw. I would like to develop those skills, and teach others, of course. Materials, classes and workshops cost money. I have had to pass up many that are offered right in Freeport because I tend to think I should pay my mortgage or car insurance instead.
Creativity unfettered: I am now seeking a patron who would work with me, giving me a stipend that would help with unexpected expenses as well as art & craft related show entry fees. I could then possibly participate in a $200 workshop without agonizing about what I could sell or give up to do so. I could say “yes” to going on field trips with other artists to visit museums and markets in other cities. Used for the right reasons, money definitely has the power to the break chains that can hold us back in life.
Lack of funding is a recurring issue for many individuals and organizations that serve the community. To date, there has been no news of a grant being given to the adult literacy program, so the students who signed up will have to wait indefinitely. I will continue my independent study of mathematics which helps lower my stress level. Math is very logical and methodical.
I told the coordinator, I use math for relaxation. I can’t think about anything else but what I’m doing when solving a problem. Sometimes I’ll do a few algebra problems before bed or when I wake up. I’m OK with being weird, it comes with being creative!
I love taking photos also. Something that I have in mind to do when I can travel around Stephenson County and other areas more often, is to write local travel guides and reviews. I’m going to start reviewing food and restaurants here on Stephenson County Spotlight.
I asked my best friend treat me to a meal to celebrate my leap to join Momentum Art Guild. I was glad to see that my favorite family style restaurant had a stack of my blog’s information cards at the counter thanks to one of my Rita’s Resales customers. I try to go around offline to let people know about Stephenson County Spotlight. I’d appreciate it if my readers would let others know when they are face-to-face with other people.
I’m glad that I’ve been able to use my blog as a vehicle to help other people find out about interesting things going on in our community that they weren’t aware of. I’ll continue to post notices of events where FREE food and clothing are given away. I’ll continue to give away items that I’ve made such as blankets, hats, scarves when warming items become necessary as the temperatures fall.
We live in a community, that means we have to help each other survive and thrive. Do what you can.
I’m looking for people who’d be interested in having knitting and crochet lessons with me, spread the word!
If you’re a lover of creativity, consider negotiating with me to become my patron. Besides stimulating conversation, I can give you behind-the-scenes access to the creative world of this writer and other local artisans.
If you’re able to donate money, yarn, art supplies, books, etc., to make an investment in me and toward my goals, contact me at RitaHawk17@comcast.net telling me a bit about yourself and why you’d like to contribute and we’ll go from there.
Check out my Facebook business pages if you’d like to see what else I do.
Rita’s Really Great Stuff: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritas-Really-Great-Stuff/631803993599454
Rita’s Resales: https://www.facebook.com/ritasresales
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