Take Time to Remember

Sunny Side Up c. 1998 by Megan E. Evans / Butcher Paper, Newsprint, and Pastels

I’m in the process of moving. Yep, I’m packing up my life and putting it all in boxes. Dates and details are still up in the air as to where my husband and I will move, but we keep charging ahead with the preparation.

One unique and interesting gift about packing up, sorting through, reorganizing, and throwing out is that I keep running across memories.

Trinkets, papers, pictures — many old and recent memories. At first I thought it was just going to be overwhelming (and to be honest, it is at times). But it has also opened up a new aspect in my creative life that I haven’t addressed in a while: it has helped me remember.

I do not often take time to filter through memories of where I’ve been before. For example, I came across some drawings and collages I did in college when I was in architecture school (which I transitioned out of). I had forgotten about some of those projects, and I haven’t looked at them in over twelve years. It’s interesting to see how far I’ve come since then in my design and creation, but I could still see my design “aesthetic” peeking through, the beginnings of my creative self, and glimpses of who I am today. And remembering is helping me through my current transitions, giving me hope of what is ahead.

When was the last time you did this? Have you taken the time to “look back” recently? Does it give you energy to realize where you’ve been?

If you haven’t tried reflecting and remembering lately, I encourage the experience!

Take time to remember where you’ve come from; it could greatly inform where you are going.

6 thoughts on “Take Time to Remember

  1. Indeed Megan – well said! – Taking the time to remember where one has been can be the most certainly eye-opening experience.

    And most recently it was for me as of late.

    I had to update my about us page for my shop and realized that before I had the shop I was reading and taking in much advise and classes by both you and Tara Gentile. That was just over when I started (1.5 yrs ago) I had only three artists represented (including myself) in the shop – I now have well over fifty being represented (50!) – plus have started a new line of my own The Lucky Zen Dog.

    Said ‘recalling’ has allowed me to see where I might need and wish to be in another year.

    P.S. I could not have done any of this (had such success) without being able to be encouraged (even if it only meant reading one of the many posts on various blogs) by your team of experts and like-minded people who follow and work with you!

  2. Hi Meg
    Loved your article. Looking back and reassessing your future can be bittersweet, but so necessary to not stagnate.
    I need to do some closet cleaning etc. I have been putting it off because I know there are things tucked away that will bring up many emotions, but sometimes it just needs to be done! I’ll let you know how it goes <3

  3. Indeed, wise words. Thank you for the insightful reminder that every step is part of our journey…reflection is the way in to discover ever more who we were, who we have become, who we will be…who we are is the infinite culmination of all our thoughts, words and deeds.

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