Have you ever wondered why I've named my business My Giant Strawberry? (If you clicked on the strawberry at the bottom of my pages or worked your way through my website's ABOUT page you might already know...). It's kind of weird name, isn't it? The name was here before my website. Before this blog. Before my first Etsy shop. Before I started painting. I've brought it along on each leg of my creative journey because in doing so I'm not only bringing a name, I'm bringing a part of myself.
And she reveled in it. All of it. Stories. Making things. Flowers, fruits and vegetables growing in the garden. Birds in the trees. Creepy crawling things beneath rocks. Fireflies. Butterflies. Everywhere she looked she saw magic. And it got her into trouble. Or so the story goes. Her kindergarten teacher came to her parents with concerns that this girl did not know the difference between truth and imagination. Why? Because of a giant strawberry. And a pet giraffe.
Yes, I was that girl. Telling my classmates about the giant strawberry in my backyard, about my pet giraffe.
Fast forward nearly 30 years. I was an adult. With a normal job. A husband and a house. A garden and a dog. And a missing imagination. But I began to realize that I wanted my imagination back. I started focusing on regaining my creativity. Making things. Taking photos. Writing stories. I started a blog. That blog no longer exists, but I've kept its name.
Who better to teach me about creativity, imagination and joy than that little Anne with the giant strawberry in her backyard?
I had no clear route for my creative journey when I set out on it. My path has twisted and turned. I've met dead ends and I've stumbled, tripped and fallen. And yet, I know I'm on the right path. I know that a creative life is my true life. Although I'm not a little girl anymore, I still have a big imagination, big dreams. The world is still a magical place filled with beauty and joy. Sometimes I need reminders.
That little Anne is there to remind me, to urge me to keep going, to inspire me to keep believing.
Maybe she can help to remind you, too?