Are You Having a Happy Hanukkah?

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Only two days left of completing my first semester of grad school!

How do I feel?

Happy, elated, exhausted and ready for vacation.

This semester has been a roller coaster ride.  My confidence as an artist was challenged and I learned how to persevere.  I have to admit, I did not like hardly any of the artwork I created this semester but reminded myself throughout the  semester that  “it was the process” I was to focus on and not the outcome.

Then last Friday it happened.

After four months of struggle there was a silver lining.

I missed a class in October do to being out of town for a painting competition.  My teacher informed us that for every class missed we had to do two workshops to make up the absence.

So Friday, in the rain and cold, I dragged myself to the 5:30 bus to ride into the city for my last make up class. And for the first time I drew a picture I liked.


That one drawing was worth the extra four hours it took me to get home when the bus I was flagging down drove by without stopping.

The holidays have arrived in abundance.

It is Saturday night and the second night of Hanukkah. My husband lit the menorah candles before he left to work his night shift.

There is something peaceful about watching the glowing candles in a dark room slowly burn down.

I am thankful.  Thankful for our amazing group of eight women. Grateful for my family, my home and the ability to dream.


(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.)

  • TC

    This is an amazing drawing. I can see it in a series on a wall in a gallery. Impressive stuff.

  • Kim, the traveler

    I know you will be successful. You’re just too talented! You turned a 4 hour boring commute into a positive drawing session. Good for you! Happy Hanukkah!

  • Wendy, beautiful drawing, congratulations on all your amazing progress… You ARE living the dream girl!

    And I’m with Remy and Rachel here… Remy says, “Your post says to me that you just have to stay on track, moving in the direction of your goal – not to force it – and the universe provides the opportunity for it to happen.” Amen to that! It is MOVING in the direction of the dream that matters… Taking action…

    As Rachel said the payoff can come when we least expect it. We all just need to keep acting on our dreams.

    Proud of you!


  • Rachel

    Congratulations… on graduation, and on the nice drawing. Consistency is so important. We work and work at something, and feel like we’re getting no where… then, so often when we least expect it, the payoff comes.

  • Wendy

    Hey Catherine,
    Thanks for the compliment on the drawing. My husband is Jewish and I am not so we celebrate both holidays. Hanukkah started early this year.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Wow. I like this drawing too.

    Congratulations on completing your first semester of grad school!

    Happy Hanukkah Wendy. I didn’t know that you were Jewish. We could have done something special for you at the holiday party.

    He Who has bestowed on you every goodness, may He continue to bestow on you every goodness. Selah

  • Remy G

    Hi Wendy – fantastic for you to finally ‘get’ the one you knew was in there and was just waiting to be drawn. Your post says to me that you just have to stay on track, moving in the direction of your goal – not to force it – and the universe provides the opportunity for it to happen. It may not have felt like it at the time, because the “opportunity” was the make up for the missed class and you had to take the 530 bus, eew, but there it was. And sitting still in joy, peace and reflection is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Congratulations to you for finishing this semester!