“You have a choice to either compete with the woman sitting next to you or to support her and do something together and root for each other.” – Kate Hudson
On Sunday, Mansfield Commission For The Arts had a reception for several local artists, myself included, preceding the upcoming Pickle Parade And Palooza. It would be my first reception ever.
I was one of the last artists to set up, so I had to set my tables up in the middle of the room, while everyone else had set up all around the edges. Which, worked out great for me! I was the first artist you’d see and would walk by when entering the room!
Admittedly, I was nervous about the reception. I was fearful the other artists would not be accepting of me or my work. I was relieved to find that just wasn’t the case, though. Every artist I met was warm and kind. Each with amazing stories and all extremely talented. They all had only meaningful and positive things to say about my work.
As we were able to spend more time together, it was clear these women were supportive of each other and wanted to include me! They took pictures and video for social media. They asked the other artists and myself to talk about ourselves and our art, which they shared on their social media pages. They didn’t have to do this, but they wanted to. They were so positive and caring. It has meant so much to me and I will never forget it. We all connected on social media, so we can continue to support eachother and to stay in touch.
The whole experience was made all the better by these amazing, thoughtful women. This has not always been the case when dealing with other females in my life and the other artists agreed with me. I honestly don’t know why some ladies can be so harsh to other women. We should all be supporting one another, uplifting each other. It would make life so much better and more enriching.
I am grateful that I was able to participate in this wonderful event and to have met such interesting, strong, uplifting women. I had so much fun! I look forward to working with them again in the future and hope they all find great success in all they do.
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