There is power in story telling. There is power in community. There is power in sharing. The more we know about one another; the more we understand; the more powerful we become.
We invite all of the KuelWomen out there to share their stories with us.
This is Sally’s.
SALLY: The short answer is ‘art’. I have never taken an art class. I went through a long and difficult divorce. So in my 50th year, there Iwas, with no money, no career, two daughters who were not quite ready to stand on their own feet, and suddenly a mortgage and all of life’s expenses to pay. I knew creativity needed to play a larger role for a rewarding life.
SALLY: Prioritizing time for myself. Prioritizing my to-do list, currently. And being only one person, with at least three peoples’ jobs to do.
SALLY: My customers motivate me. Seeing their reactions, the smiles, hearing the stories that my images and products elicit. I also love each stage of my process and wake up every morning looking forward to my work. Not having a financial safety net is also very motivating – nothing quite like the wolves of necessity at your heels to get one out of bed in the morning.
SALLY: Embrace it. Every day, every year, every decade has something to learn, joy to experience and share. Do what you can to avoid dwelling on anything that doesn’t move those things (learning, joy) forward. And don’t try too hard to control it. Be an opportunist so you can roll with whatever life presents.
SALLY: Being vulnerable is often seen in a negative light, and it can certainly let in darkness. Being vulnerable, to me, is being open and receptive. What makes me vulnerable is empathy. It comes with responsibility regarding boundaries. Without a balance with knowing oneself, it is easy to allow that openness to overwhelm. I don’t think that anything other than quite a lot of life experience can really drive home how allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, and boundaries, work together. That is wisdom.
SALLY: Having parents who saw the best in me and made sure I knew that. Even though it was decades before I really tapped into the confidence their love planted, it was there when I was ready to access it.
SALLY: My mom and dad. They had a strong and healthy relationship. They blended creativity, intelligence, hard work, and fun in their personal lives and career. I’ve also been strongly influenced by the artists I’ve come to know personally. Especially those who allow their whole person to be that creative energy. Not turning it off for work, on for personal life. I didn’t realize until fairly recently that I could live my life that way. That really, I can not live it any other way.
SALLY: A wise friend advised me during my darkest days, “We make the decisions that are right for us at the time we are making them. Don’t spend time wishing we’d made a different decision. It devalues the decisions we make today.”
SALLY: Many women, each in her own way. My daughters, industrious women, business people, leaders & mentors, innovators, creative people, women who have faced down difficulties and had an uneven recovery from them, women who realized their identities late in life and are living every moment fully. They are my tribe. I’d be untethered without each and every one of them.
SALLY: I’m not a child, so I guess I’m as grown-up as I am. Which really isn’t very much. I’m definitely much younger than I was 10 years ago.
SALLY: First and most importantly, I wake up to each day conscious of how grateful I am for all it offers, including the time I am able to spend with my love and partner, Scott. I hike, observe, and shoot (photography) in the natural settings where I am restored. I’m also a musician in a fife & drum corps, CT Valley Field Music.
SALLY: Take art & design classes. Spend a month or two traveling across country in my camper for an extended photo-journey through mountains, desert, and the pacific northwest. Visit with family and friends.