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My starry night: a paint-covered lesson

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams
For more than a year I’ve been dying to try my hand at the Starry Night Studio, offered at the Community Arts Center and I finally got to! 
Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous going into Tuesday night. But I was also so excited. Pretty sure I was bouncing — you’d have to ask Jim to be sure.
Starry Night, besides being the name of a famous Vincent Van Gogh piece, is the name of a class where “students” are taught how to paint something — sometimes a famous work of art, sometimes something more unique to the center. A class is offered every few weeks with a new painting.
Walking in alone, especially as an introvert in a new social situation, is frightening enough. To know we were all going to be painting made it even more so. But, I love painting — it’s one of my many side hobbies — and really wanted to give it a whirl. 
Sometimes you have to get over your fears and just go for it. And you ca…

To be a bridesmaid

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Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.  -Jean de la Fontaine
When thinking of bridesmaids, there's often an almost negative image that pops in my head, likely placed there by the horrors of movies and TV shows.
It's of haggard-looking weary women who are ready to snap from the bride's demands. Or frumpy women who loathe the outfit of choice.
There’s a slew of negative images out there regarding bridesmaids.
At the same time, I know there are many positives. It’s really up to the ladies and the bride as to how it turns out.
In the two weddings I’ve been bridesmaids in — my best friend’s wedding and my brother’s wedding — there weren’t issues with the brides. As far as I know, there weren’t any major ones between the brides and the bridesmaids — maybe a hefty discussion about what they were wearing or something. It’s tricky. It’s a tricky balance to plan a wedding. There’s a lot of people to take into consideration, despite it being about the bride and groom. You sti…