my story by gina sekelsky studio 01 I'm turning 50 this year. FIFTY! Those of you who've already passed through that doorway know just what I'm saying: amazement at the sheer luck of getting here, gratitude for making it this far, soul searching about where we've been and where we'll go from here. (And if you've got a ways to go before this milestone, I hope you'll make it someday. With style.) If you've read Studio Yearbook One, you know that my first career was teaching elementary school. Even at the tender age of 22, I knew that teaching kids demanded something more than I was able to give at that point in my life. Discipline in particular had to come from my heart, from seeing each student as they were, from wanting the best for them. (Dang it, a color-coded lesson plan book wasn't enough.) Last week at Sunday School, my co-teacher (who is a real classroom teacher) talked about recognizing that each child comes to class with a story. DING! DING! DING! They have a story. Everyone around me has a story. I have a story! I started my story in Studio Yearbook One. I'm telling more in Studio Yearbook Two (hopefully you can read it this fall). And during my fiftieth year, I want to share more of my story—my own hard battle—here on the blog. I'll write it for me, while secretly hoping there's some overlap with you. Have any burning questions? Your own story to share that will help me tell mine?  I have a notepad with scribbles all over it ("Aimee Mann in Portlandia!"), but please-please reach out (by comment or email) if there's something you want to know about living an artistic life for half a century. (Seriously, half a century. Ack!)
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4 Responses to My story.

  1. so exciting for you! you’re right, everyone has a story…mine is going to be 60 years old this year…i can’t wait to see yours unfold in the coming months!

  2. Such an exciting milestone, Gina!! It will be fun to see where your creativity leads you in the coming years. The 50s brought wonderful, exciting new experiences into my life… and I wish the same for you! Now I am into a new decade and blossoming in many exciting, new ways. I’m really looking forward to following your story, Gina! ♡

  3. Monnah says:

    Wow! I’m still trying to get used to being closer to 50 than 40, but it actually feels pretty okay! I think I’m handling 50 better than 40. Nowadays people live so much longer and this seems to be only halfway. I really cannot afford ruining things for myself anymore though. I try to tell myself that I should be wiser now and do something that makes this world a little bit better. We’ll see what happens.

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