Gratitude in any Language Builds Creative Power

As summer abruptly changed to fall, my first studio tour let me share bead space and bead creations with dozens of friends, neighbors and supporters.

What an uplifting, humbling and overwhelming experience. I find incredible support and joy in the litany of thank you statements:

Every person made my tour stronger. Thank you. I appreciate your comments, your patronage, and most of all, your time.

Muchas gracias to Bridgette and Steve who surprised me with sunflowers on Thursday evening before leaving town for the weekend. How thoughtful!

Jane helped me setup. A long-time retailer and artist, she “gets” display. She coaxed me to use items I hadn’t previously considered to showcase my jewelry. Merci! Merci beaucoup.

“Mahalo!” as the Hawaiians say. I was lucky enough to borrow Jan’s recently-framed, painted corkboard for my earring display and I was grateful.

Without Ann’s photography, there would be no record of the event. Thanks for shooting the studio, hanging (with your husband Steve) through the balance of the afternoon and suggesting dinner for the four of us.

Thanks also to Colorado John who created my info card and provided other collateral suggestions.

Thank you to those who called to tell me they couldn’t make it, and kudos to those who called or emailed to see how it went.

I loved those “thumbs up” on Facebook.

Thanks go to each of the other artists who participated in and helped to publicize the tour. I couldn’t have done it without you. Grazie to those who participated in preview night. La bella arte.

One of my first beadweaving customers stopped by. Danke, June and Giny! How fun to see you.

Marjie, thank you for noticing two mule deer crossing behind the studio to the ravine on Sunday. Magical.

Thank you for allowing me to support another local non-profit event, The Montezuma Ball, with a percent of the proceeds from my tour.

Thank you for those who previewed the collection as well as those who came by later in the week.

I discovered sharing my creativity and work with others strengthens my love of art and appreciation for life. Putting myself “out there” makes me less vulnerable in the process.

Ngiyabonga… in Zulu, literally, “I give thanks.” This army of support encourages me to go forward. I consider myself blessed, lucky in the extreme.

How do you say thank you?