Yesterday was ridiculously inspiring. A friend started a conversation with me about self-worth, saying that we should essentially never sell ourselves short. In the class I went to after that, I realized that not only have I been negligent to my self-worth, but I have had poor expectations and therefore a lower opinion of others' worth. We were editing mini-lessons we had written and I realized that a great deal of it was under-stimulating because I didn't think kindergarteners could think critically; it wasn't engaging. I was merely asking questions for them to fill in the blanks. They wouldn't be learning anything. And then I thought about art-making itself. 75% of art-making is thought. If I'm not teaching students to think, then how will they come to appreciate art the same way that I do?
No one is ever going to realize their self-worth if they aren't pushed. They won't push themselves if they feel worthless. It's my job as an aspiring educator to inspire them to feel worthy, to try new things, and to grow.
To conclude this post, I decided that last night in my power yoga class, which I knew Jess was cookin' up a tough one, that I was going to push myself farther than I have before. I told myself every time I wanted to rest that I could hold the pose for just one more breath. And you know what? I did for the most part. I was truly surprised. After class Gina , Mary Heather , and I worked on headstands. Even though this is a preliminary shot (we decided to take a picture after I had tired myself out the first time and I couldn't hold still for a clear picture), I was able to raise into a headstand without someone other than the wall helping me. It might seem small to a lot of you, especially since I still needed the wall, but I have never been so proud of myself haha. I always thought I lacked any physical ability. It's not that I didn't try, but I never wanted to keep trying until I got it (like with art). Appreciate even your smallest accomplishments, guys. Go out and build your self-worth!
My name is Allison Nickens. I graduated from James Madison University with a BFA in Fine Art in 2015. After graduation I began live painting at music and arts festivals and at local shows, and still continue to show and sell my work around Harrisonburg,VA.
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