Welcome to Creative Journeywoman. My name is Jacqlyn Thorne and this site is about exploring and sharing my many pathways in life, artistic and otherwise. I hope you will find something interesting to connect with or relate to in your own life.
Journeyman: an individual who has completed an apprenticeship and is fully educated in a trade or craft, but not yet a master.
That definition doesn’t sound very impressive, but it’s the “not yet being a master” part that I can relate to. And I’m good with that. Mastery often seems to lead to complacency. I always hope I keep learning and improving in any of my creative efforts.
And I appreciate the journey part. I’ve traveled quite a few roads in my time. I’m originally a Missouri girl, who got uprooted and quickly transplanted to the lovely Adirondack foothills of upstate New York. More than half my life now has been spent in the Northeast, but no matter how much time goes by, I have learned I will never be considered a native. But that’s just fine by me. I’m proud of my Midwestern roots – they’ve made me who I am and given me a good story to share with anyone who asks about where I come from. Admitting you are from the “Show Me State” always seems to get people interested, or laughing, or both.
What my home state motto means for me, though, is that actions speak louder than words: You’ve got to show me, not just tell me. And that goes both ways. I always try to walk my talk or explore what that idea means, whether it’s in life, in work, in my creative pursuits, in relationships, and even through my yoga practice.
It’s not always easy, but it’s the path I’ve set for myself. And I have come to understand that being true to yourself, following your own path, is what leads to living a unique, fulfilling, and creative life.