Up until two years ago, I had never painted on a canvas. Slowly, with a supportive urge from Colleen, I was able to let go of what I thought I would not be able to do and just do it – paint. I love the process of nothing to something. I love the mistakes, and I love that it never turns out (for me) what I imagined it to be at the start. Painting and making art is definitely self-care for me — it is like finishing a long, reflective journal entry and being covered in color and paint instead of ink. I find opportunities like Rise&Paint help me storytell in a different medium. I’m happy to connect with this side of myself and find new methods of being a storyteller.