Week 1 Project: My Full Sail Story Expanded | HOLDING UP THE SKY
Women Hold Up Half The Sky, 2019, Jeanine Michna-Bales
SUFFRAGENOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Exhibition, Elisabeth Ney Museum
Before I started Full Sail, a traumatic brain injury wreaked insanity and uncertainty on my life.
Albeit a mild concussion, this ghost in my brain was the effect of something unknown and seriously the matter with me for the past few years.
I always thought I wanted to work by day and create by night.
As a single mom, providing was my primary goal, while creating and entrepreneurship are in my soul.
But then, I returned to work as the doctors ordered, and my injury worsened.
Denying my better judgement and forsaking my well-being to be this team player my company needed.
Because of that, I was forced to resign from the harassment of management and their wretched “work or be disciplined” policy.
My patience with them was lost when I opted for self-care over the audacity of corporate oppression.
Because of that, I was losing my creative bent- working with people who didn't care two-cents about my well-being.
Uninterrupted sleep, ER trips, Morphine drips, and antidepressants were daily obligations to survive my new inabilities.
Because of that, a friend sent a link to FSU where she was enrolled, suggesting I consider the Creative Writing degree program.
She’d been the confidant who knew best that creating was the quickest way to my recovery.
Until finally, I decided again, that investing in the cost of art school at fifty, was more rewarding than surviving in the kraken -that is corporate America.
We agreed that even if I got better overnight, the betrayal of my former employer had radically redefined me.
And ever since then, I am focused on my healing, whilst curating the #spiritjewelsofmamashouse photo series, whilst embracing my studies and prospective career in Digital Cinematography.
My network of creative and artist friends inspire me to create, teach and learn - and hold up the sky with purpose.