How Getting Dirty Helped Me Avoid a Tragedy!

This week’s edition of Titillating Talk Tuesday

Kari Humer Paint Nite Ottawa, Van Gogh Starry night

Kari Hummer and Trisha Bond getting ready to hit the canvas for Paint Nite’s rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night

A few months ago, in keeping with my philosophy of playing life full out, I tried a cool new activity. If it wasn’t for my friend, Trisha, who has been helping me out so much with my business, tragically, I would never have tried it.  That activity?  Painting!

My friend has this incredible talent – she is an artist, a creator like me but in a different way. So, when I saw that Groupon had a fun Paint Nite to try, I grabbed it up. I could share this experience with her and thank her for all of her hard work at the same time.  I was about to tackle my first painting, Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Being a Dance Teacher and Femininity Coach, I found out it’s super exciting being on the other side of the class!

I was a bit out of my comfort zone as I’ve never painted before. Plus, I felt a little intimidated by being with someone who knew what she was doing. However, when I just got out of my own head, let go of expectations and painted for the sake of painting without worrying about the outcome I actually really started enjoying it!

Kari Hummer painting Starry Night

Kari Hummer getting down and dirty painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night

The funny thing is, I teach this in my Transformational Burlesque classes!

Being on the other side as the person who is learning, I truly felt what it feels like to “get inside my head  and to get in my own way”.

As I was painting I noticed that my canvas was getting a little blotchy. When I looked at my friend’s painting hers was so smooth – it looked like a photo. I started feeling a bit frustrated, a little insecure and maybe a little embarrassed. However, as I teach my participants, I made a conscious decision to get out of my head (change my state because that uncomfortable feeling meant I was growing) and to get a little dirty. I didn’t worry about the paint not going on perfectly or if I got paint on my hands or clothes, or if the paint mixed too much.  I just liked going and having some fun doing something complete different. By the way, guess who ended up with more paint on herself than the canvass…let’s just say it wasn’t me!

Kari Hummer finished painting of Starry Night

Two hours later, Kari proudly shares her finished painting of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

It’s funny that your enjoyment of a new situation is simply a decision you can make. I could have easily made the decision to continue being frustrated or insecure. I’m glad I didn’t because it was a much more enjoyable time this way. Guess what – people weren’t judging me either. My friend thought I did very well and we shared many giggles . Had I stayed in a frustrated or insecure state I would not have had the experience I had with her. We both would’ve missed out and that would have been been an absolute tragedy !

Have you avoided a similar tragedy? A life event you would have regretted missing?  I would love to hear your stories!


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