Wigging Out & Taking Action

Guys, you are awesome. Seriously.

Man, what a fantastic weekend it was. I don’t know about you but this was one of the first Mondays in a long time, where I actually felt excited and energized to get to work, rather than woeful that my weekend was over. I think it’s entirely due to Saturday’s purpose-filled activities and the presence of so many loving people surrounding me.

On Saturday morning, I headed down to Houston City Hall to participate in the Houston Women’s March and I have to say I think this was a life-changing experience for me. I neglected to wear sunscreen, I forgot to bring water, and I was sweltering in rain boots which proved not only to be unnecessary but downright cumbersome. And yet… I have never felt so reassured and comforted by my fellow Houstonians. These are scary times, but witnessing a sea of signs and tshirts and messages all echoing the same unifying messages of love and acceptance and freedom was moving beyond words. On the train ride home, I was lost in thought and finally turned to one of my friends to say, “I’m serious, I want to do more, I need to do more. I’m going to be more involved and active on issues I feel strongly about.” And I meant it. I mean it. And I need you, dear reader, to hold me accountable. We need each other now more than ever, to keep each other honest and brave and safe and hard-working if we want to shape the future into something we can be proud of.

Upon arriving home, I was tired and dehydrated but managed to put the finishing touches on last-minute art show tasks, and I arrived at Space Montrose a mere 2 minutes before my art opening. Hey, I’ll consider myself being on time a small victory in itself! All in all, it was a blast and I was totally touched to have so many friends stop by. A big thank you goes to Leila and Carlos at Space for hosting, providing drinks and snacks, and always being so supportive. And of course thank you to everyone who was amused by my work — seeing people smile and laugh in response to illustrations of punny dogs in hairdos made my night!

And now, I’m taking a brief moment to catch my breath before it’s back to the drawing board (literally). But be sure to stay tuned! I have another art show coming up in March in Tucson, and two art markets here in Houston, so there should be lots of updates headed your way.

xoxo,
Allison

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