I've procrastinated for quite some time on this journal entry. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day with work and personal projects but I finally pushed through and managed to get some of my photos from my trip to Port Saint Joe edited.
This year I was given the opportunity to assist a Fine Art Painter. She specializes in painting Old Florida. It's opened my eyes to another side of art, composition, color and just people in the industry as a whole.
So my boss invited me on a 7 day trip with 5 other women who paint. This trip was an answered prayer because I have always wanted to travel into the country. Somewhere more desolate, with less interference with pop culture. People seemed to live a very quiet and simple life. The beaches were gorgeous and the people were so kind. I saw animals that I am definitely not used to seeing. The women on the trip just laughed at me. They are older women who have learned how to live life and are finally just ready to enjoy the ride rather than the destination. I received lots of wealth in wisdom on this trip.
I was able to really relax and just sit and read without thinking of the 20 million things I had to do. I also sat in during some of the teachings on Pleinair Painting. This was a week-long paint out for artists and those looking to learn how to Pleinair paint. I learned a lot just watching so many talented and also brave people do something that was uncomfortable in the presence of others walking around and observing.
I learned a lot about the people in the area. No matter where I went, despite the quiet, there was also a lot of hard work. The majority of that area was mainly about shrimping. Over the years things have changed. Lots of regulations have made it more and more difficult for the shrimping industry so the economy has declined. If you get familiar with the area you'll see poverty. Being raised by a Father who has always owned a plumbing & heating business definitely changes your views on work in general. I always saw my Dad working and doing actual labor. I don't put anyone down who sits at a desk for work but there's something satisfying about laboring to create something or fix it. Coming home after a long day, the physical work has the ability to ease the mind. So I basically had a soft spot for the work I saw being done around me. It gave me such a respect for the people who lived there.
This trip left me feeling really at peace. It also gave me a different perspective about traveling the country. I often think so much about it. I over think my possessions and what I have here and I feel at times it pulls me back and keeps me from taking off if I felt like it. Meeting really awesome people changed my perspective about opening up to new friends too. Naturally I can be introverted so I have a hard time adapting new ideas, friends and places etc.
We also visited a beautiful State park on the way there that has soo much history. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It's a really gorgeous place to stay but all around is natural wildlife that is untouched. You can take a ferry ride that is gasoline-free and view most of the wild. Lots of alligators, tropical birds, etc.
All in all the trip was really good for my soul. It provided much time for seclusion and quiet contemplation but I think in general nature just does that to us.
Hope you enjoyed what I was able to share. Thanks for reading =)