Last weekend the Yarra Ranges held an 'open studios.' It gave the public the chance to see artists in their natural habitat---well their studios. It gave us a chance to ooh and ahh, to see and listen, to admire and for myself, to wish I could be so artistic.

It also gave us a chance to catch up with some people we had not seen for many years.

Yanni Rigos,  has the most wonderful studio nestled amongst the trees at his home.

We know Yanni and his wife Jenny through our children (our sons went to school together - in fact find out about Daniel here). Over the years many hours were spent in each others kitchens waiting for our boys to finish doing whatever it was they were doing and get ready to go home.

Yanni works with wood and makes the most wonderful boxes (we have several at home) and inspiring sculptures.

So it was great to catch up (although briefly) on the weekend. Trying to fit in the past years in a few minutes is always hard. 'What are the children up to?' 'What are you doing?' Talk was about family and travels, homes and renovations.

Then 'you're writing. You said that it was something you wanted to do and you're doing it. So many people say they want to do this or that, but you are actually doing what you said you wanted to. That's great.'

Later on I thought about this statement. I had never thought about it from that perspective before.

I am doing what I said I wanted to. I am doing what I want to do.

Yanni also said 'It's not about the end result. It's so much about the journey.'

And it is. Over the years I have learnt a lot about the craft of writing, I have honed my skills, worked hard. But more importantly I have learnt so much about myself.

Writing has taught me to take grow a tougher become more able to speak in be able to know what I like.....hopefully be able to voice it.....the list goes on and on.

Yes I am doing it....doing what so many people say they want to.

And I am damned proud of that fact!


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