What Makes Me . . . Me?

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Week 10 Challenge:  Make a list of the things that make you YOU!

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This challenge came at the perfect time for me.  I just completed Dr. Brene Brown's E-Course, The Gifts of Imperfection, a very powerful course that helps you to embrace yourself the way you are and not to live life according to others expectations of you.  Very powerful stuff.

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In the E-Course, Dr. Brown had us write down, "I'm imperfect and I'm enough" on our hands and take a picture.  This was an empowering exercise - a proclamation to ourselves and the world.  This is my new favorite picture of myself.  I used a glue stick and adhered it to my 'tip in' and grabbed some tracing paper to begin making some lists of my traits.  I like the idea of the transparency of the tracing paper.  We are all complicated beings with layers upon layers of things that make us unique.  I decided to break down my lists into three parts:  The Physical Me (what others see when they look at me), Me Personified (my roles and what others expect of me), and the most difficult, The Inner Me (the things that most people would never know about me.)

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I added some doodles and a little color with some dylusions ink I poured into a water brush.  I also decided to make a little cover sheet for all of the lists, adding a metaphoric "protective" layer since I felt exposed and vulnerable with all of the other words.  I added some stitching for contrast and interest.

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After taping my picture to my planner with washi tape, I then took all of my "layers" and sewed them onto the picture across the top so they could flip up.  When I open my planner now, I can lift each layer to reveal more and more of myself and once the layers are removed, there I am . . . imperfect and ENOUGH!

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I hope you enjoyed this week's post - I can't wait to see how you all interpret the challenge!  Don't forget to visit the other Art to the 5th Artist's blogs for more inspiration:

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