Dreaming of Triathlons and Painting in Italy

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Country by Wenday Brayton

What was I thinking going to  grad school at thirty nine with a teenage son, a part time teaching job, and my own art career?  I must be insane!  This has been the most challenging dream goal I have set for myself.

The first semester is halfway through at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

I spend an easy twenty to thirty hours a week doing homework and still barely pull “B”s. My young co-grads are quickly surpassing me in their skills. I am hoping that it is just an adjustment on my end and that soon I will find a rhythm. I keep reminding myself that…

I will not give up!

I can do this!

Remember to breathe

and take one day at a time.

Well its Halloween night and I just finished redoing an assignment and resubmitting it online. before starting this blog entry.  Still recovering from my cold,  I spent the day at home finally catching up on much needed quality Mother/Son time and cleaning my  neglected home.

The house is clean, my son is content and porch was decorated in anticipation of arriving ghouls and goblins.

The hoards of expected trick-er-treaters never came and there is a large bowl of candy calling to me downstairs.  Can I resist the temptation?

As for future challenges and goals?  Because you never can have too many and life is short.  I have two for 2010.

In  May, I am planning on participating in my first “Wild Flower Triathlon” sprint which is a mini triathlon.  In the summer, I would like to be painting in Italy.

Any of the readers/dreamers out there been to Italy?  Have any recommendations on must see sites there?


Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.

  • Thank you Heather, Jennifer, Lisa, Kim and Sheila. Lisa please tell me more about Italy. I know Florence is on my list. As for Jennifer’s comment that once will not suffice, I have future dreams in the works.

  • Heather, the e-commerce builder

    Wendy – I love how much we throw on our plate and expect to keep up. Hanging in there and breathing is always a good start, and summer in Italy is ALWAYS a good idea. See you there!

  • Jennifer Young

    Congratulations Wendy- To dream is one thing, to do quite another. You have already done more than most! Italy is a very attainable dream. Just one warning though-it’s not generally a one-off thing. Once you’ve had a taste, one trip will not suffice!

  • I have been to Italy and can share stories!!! It is one of my favorite destinations.

    Am so proud of you for all that you are doing – You go girl!!! We are all cheering you on!

  • Kim, the traveler

    That’s such a great goal, good for you!

  • PS
    it wasn’t you …it was Catherine! No matter, I’m still following you and plan to admire your awesome art.

  • Hi Wendy!
    I’m making an educated guess that it was you that was kind enough to drop a note off on my blog. What an awesome super blog you gals have here. Your dream is my dream too. Right now, I ‘m looking at a short term goal of just having a show somewhere soon.
    All the best to you!

  • Veronica

    cath is a dancing chicken….good to know

  • Wendy

    Wild chicken? Nice visual. Sorry you hurt your hip. I loved those photos of you as a dancer. I am starting very slow with walking and stationary bike.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Well … we are just going to have to help you with that. Nice goals for you Wendy and you are just the person to do it.

    Just don’t be like me.

    I started dancing again and hurt my hip. I’ve been on heating pads and Alleve all week. Just be gentle in the beginning and not a wild dancing chicken like me!