Guest series :: Two pink lines

by contributor on May 23, 2012

in Community + Creativity, Guest series 2012

Guest series 2012: I asked fellow bloggers, makers and creators to write on their creativity and focus their essay on one of four topics: creativity and health, creativity and business, creativity and parenting or creativity and process. I am very excited to have a wonderful lot of fellow creative folk guest posting here at whipup.net over the next couple of months. Please welcome…

Laura Bray is a designer, writer and lifestyle expert. She inspires creative women to live a life of balance & simplicity by sharing her modern twist on traditional home arts on her blog at katydiddys. Laura lives in southern California with her physicist husband and young daughter.

It’s amazing how two pink lines can change a person’s life.

When I was a young girl, I loved art. I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. I sketched and drew. Then one day I signed up for art class at my high school. A tough semester ended in my art teacher telling me I had no talent. Young, impressionable, and embarrassed, I abandoned my dream.

I went to college, started a successful career in finance, and earned an MBA. I married a wonderful man and we were deeply involved in our careers and loved to travel. In 2001, we decided we did not want to have children and my husband had a vasectomy. It was not a decision we took lightly. We spent many hours discussing it and in the end thought it was the best decision for us. Our lives continued to move forward to our dream of retiring at 50 and traveling the world.

In October 2004, my period was late. We were afraid that I was ill or going into early menopause. When I called the doctor to make an appointment, I was told to take a pregnancy test. The two pink lines appeared, indicating I was pregnant. As I sunk to the ground in disbelief, I saw our future plans crumble before me. Over the next nine months we realized how little control we really have over our destiny and prepared to welcome our unplanned, but already loved, new family member.

In June 2005 our daughter was born. I tried to continue my business career through the first two years of her life. We had a part-time nanny but as a small business owner I struggled to make enough to pay for childcare, let alone contribute financially. I was also incredibly smitten with my daughter and hated the hours that I spent away from her. A small voice, hidden away since high school, began to whisper ideas about my creativity. I picked-up the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and slowly began to heal the wounds my high school art teacher inflicted upon my creativity.

My daughter and my creativity have grown-up together. They feed and support one another and give me endless joy. My daughter’s unbridled belief that she can create anything she puts her mind to bolsters my confidence. She is my muse. At the same time, my creativity helps me be a better mother. Math homework is more fun when it’s turned into an art project and teaching my daughter to explore her emotions through her art are lessons that will serve her well later in life. Many of my project designs are created as toys or accessories for my daughter. As for my daughter, she’s a successful design professional at age six! She and I have had projects published in Create With Me magazine and she’s appeared on the online craft show, When Creativity Knocks.

Who would have ever guessed that those two pink lines held so much potential for two lives?  They announced the beginning of my beautiful baby girl and the rebirth of my creativity.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liberty May 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!! Thanks for sharing.

2 Lisa May 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

Beautiful story! There’s a Buddhist fable I really like where the message is something along the lines of “who is to say what’s good or bad?” So many events that seem terrible end up leading to wonderful places…and vise versa. Thanks for sharing your story!

3 Ann Butler May 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for sharing Laura!

4 eileen hull May 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Wow Laura, I didn’t know all of that! It’s funny the way life takes you. Glad that you embraced the change of plans and are enjoying heading off in new directions. Great post!

5 Theresa Cifali May 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Laura….it truly is amazing how two pink lines can change your life. In so many ways, our children heal us and inspire us. You’re an amazing artist and your daughter is quite the confident young lady, which is no surprise to me at all. Thanks for sharing your story. I really could relate to it on a whole bunch of levels.

6 Peggy @The Decorating Files May 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

That is such a beautiful story; thank you so much for sharing it with us. My daughter is the most amazing thing that has ever happened in my life and I treasure every moment we spend together. I love how you use crafts to make learning fun. When she was little, I did the same type of thing. It was fun for both of us!

7 Cheryl Boglioli May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

What an inspiring and heartfelt story. Thank you for sharing this with us.

8 Connie May 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

What an absolutely lovely post! I love it. Connie in California

9 Laura Miller May 24, 2012 at 12:28 am

I say Hooray! for 2 pink lines! I am so fortunate to have you in my life.

10 Jacquelynne Steves May 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

We never know what twists and turns life holds for us- but it is a wonderful adventure! Thanks for your story.

11 Laura Bray May 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much for all the kind comments! It’s hard to open up in such a personal way, so I’m glad it inspired.

12 denny hagel May 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thanks so much for sharing your story! I love how ‘life’ brings us those amazing surprises and miracles! Great article!

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