Find what you love and do it often.
My name is Rachel. P. Marin is the pen name I use when I write and draw. I started using it after we brought our son home from the hospital. He's the real Marin. That night, under the light of the moon, I studied his tiny fingers and toes. I thought about the lives he would touch and about the dreams he would follow. I knew if he were to grow up and live a life beyond his wildest dreams, it would be helpful if someone led the way. So after nearly three decades of giving up on my dream, I picked up my pen. I decided anything I created, I'd sign it "Prints Marin" (which I later shortened to "P. Marin") as a reminder that with every finger print and footprint we leave behind, we make a difference.
Growing up, my dad loved my art. "This is very good," he'd say. Then he'd frame it and hang it and spend time with it.
My mom, she loved my art too. But in a different way. The way that you love something and at the same time know both the joy and the risk it can bring. She'd look at my art and she'd say, "You should learn to type. Everybody needs a secretary." After learning to type 200 wpm and trying the secretary thing-and many other things too-I'm fanning the flames on my dreams. I have both my dad and my mom to thank for the passion and fire inside. It was my dad who built the tender nest. But my mom who lit the match.
When I was a kid, I'd take my pen and paper into my closet to draw. I'd pretend it was my art studio. Not long ago, I got rid of most of my clothes. I'm not pretending anymore. These days I spend my days creating art that draws out the best in us. We only get one shot at life. I believe we owe it to the world to live it well.
If you don't have an art studio and are working at the kitchen table, don't worry. Artists can make art anywhere. I illustrated my first three books in our dining room using an old wicker clothes hamper as a desk.
Find what you love and do it often. And remember, "where" is not the important part.
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