As far back as I can remember, I always knew that I was given the gift of artistic abilities. This gift has given me the opportunities to express myself in many ways that I may have not otherwise engaged in. This type of creativity comes natural to me and holds a special place in my heart while being an outlet to express my soul. This gift of mine has helped me through dark times and in a way has provided me with an escape from life when I needed a break. I’ve used my gift not just for myself but with the intention of helping others as well. Friends and family find interest in my capabilities and tend to be overcome with smiles when I do art for them. Art is also a way for me to connect with others. When I’m focused on using my gifts I find that I have a better connection with everyone. We should never take our gifts for granted, especially if they make us happy and brings smiles to others. I have come to understand that in order to be able to spread the love that is my gift. I need to maintain a path of recovery and honesty so that I can fully expresses my creativity and channel it in a more positive way.