As a graphic designer, the Adobe programs are the prized tools in my tool box - I couldn't do what I do without them and they're pretty much an extension of my body at this point.
But I bet you would never guess who introduced me to Adobe Photoshop for the first time years ago...
My 70 year old Grandmother.
In her seventies, she decided to take a series of classes to learn Photoshop. Already a watercolor artist and photographer, working in the program became a main hobby of hers, and over the years her 16 grandkids enjoyed many an hour in her home art studio with her.
We received lots of custom birthday cards featuring our own faces; and her paintings - many of which captured our growing up years - are some of our family's most prized heirlooms.
There are so many things that I am deeply passionate about in life that I attribute to my Grandmother. My love of nature, travel, photography, painting, family, taking long walks; and yes, Photoshop.
In the 7 years since she's been gone, I've missed her all the time.
After a week reflecting on thanksgiving, I am especially thankful to remember the example my Grandmother set for me of always pushing yourself out of your comfort zone no matter how old you are, and of being intentional to create and recognize beauty as a joyful practice throughout life. ✴️
(Originally published November 27, 2018).