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Life has ground to a halt for some of us and has started moving at the speed of light for others. We continue to grapple with the challenges while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy. We would like you to consider doing an art project with us in order to better understand some of the feelings and emotions you may be experiencing or remember who you are, your true identity, and how you can best bring your full self to your life today.

Supplies you will need…

  1. A piece of cardstock or paper.
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue or tape
  4. Old magazines you can cut up
  5. Stickers, ribbon, scrapbook embellishments (if you have that sort of thing)
  6. Colored paper
  7. Markers, colored pens or pencils
  8. The creative parts of your brain

Here’s all you need to do. Give yourself permission to create something, anything. Give yourself permission to sit down for an hour and make a collage or picture or drawing that answers one or two of the following questions. Or maybe think up a question of your own to answer.

  1. Who am I and what do I care about?
  2. How can I represent, on this piece of paper, how I feel about our current global pandemic situation?
  3. What brings me joy?
  4. What am I dreaming about?

When you are done, share your creation with us on our social media channels (FaceBook or Instagram). It is amazing what happens when we see each other, really see each other. In order to do that, to really see each other, we must be brave and put ourselves out there. This project gives you the opportunity to do that even just in your own eyes at first. For those who have been to the Veterinary Leadership Experience, you know that creativity in community is what gives us the power to change the world for the positive. And we need that kind of power in ourselves, our families, our communities and the world right now.

Betsy Charles

Betsy loves being a veterinary radiologist and trying to make the world a better place. When not reading films, teaching veterinary students, or when she takes a break from trying to make a positive difference for the profession, she enjoys having meaningful and authentic conversation with all who cross her path, developing young entrepreneurs as they pursue their passions, riding her horse Lenny, reading, and hiking with her red heeler, Sadie.

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