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July 9, 2016

Lessons Learned at Sea

S/V New Shoes

S/V New Shoes

The name of our boat is New Shoes.
We’ve had her a few years now. What started off as a scary proposition for me has become something different. I was scared, practically terrified, of being on the boat.  The pressure of knowing what to do when winds turn gusty, or if the engine makes a weird sound, or if the anchor doesn’t hold were just a few things that made my heart pound. All those “what ifs”.  So many things to go wrong.

But then dreamy thoughts of sun-kissed skin, wind in my hair, and the sound of water gently lapping against the hull squeezed their way into my busy brain which had been working overtime, pinging and ponging with negativity

I would give it a try.  I just might find that I liked sailing after all.  And I do!

Lessons learned at sea find their way into my studio, which I call The Fishbowl.  Following a checklist when we set sail and when we arrive back at the dock ensures operating systems and safety measure are in place.  I’ve learned that it’s a smoother boat ride when we trim the sails instead of steering the boat willy-nilly, in search of the perfect wind. Sailing with the current gets us to our destination quicker than if we’re going against the tide, even if it does mean we set out at 3am!

Likewise, glass designs are best when I’m attuned to my inner sensibilities.  Establishing a plan and setting the course leads to an enjoyable experience.

I’m happy with how my lessons learned at sea showed up in this piece titled “Splash”.

Splash

Splash