At that time, I was a top executive in the computer industry and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It forced me to give up my career. I was devastated. I discovered my entire identity was wrapped up in my corporate career. I felt like Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet -when she goes to the Friar and says, "I am past hope, past cure, past help."
With nothing to lose, I picked up paintbrush--it was so healing! It literally gave me back my self esteem. Art allowed me to heal and reinvent myself. I wanted to "pay that forward" so I started teaching adults who don't know how to paint - how to paint. It also taught me that it is NEVER to late to reinvent ourselves.