The first Friday night of the month from May to October downtown Murphy holds an art walk. This past Friday night we had the first one of the season. (You can read about it HERE) The business owner’s open their doors, put out their merchandise, set out snacks and drinks and welcome the town’s people to browse, eat and enjoy the fellowship with each other. Inside the Murphy Visitor’s Center we had an art party where we painted a picture of a sunflower. I’ve never felt as if I was very creative before but living here in these beautiful mountains has given me a lot to think about. I’ve always heard that this is God’s country and growing up here, I never really thought much about it. Now that I’m back, I see this place in a different way. The beauty and nature surrounds me and everywhere I turn I’m amazed. I encounter people on a daily basis that are experiencing Murphy for the first time. They tell me how beautiful it is here and how amazed they are by the mountains, streams, lakes, and trails. They also tell me about how the people they meet are so friendly and helpful. That makes me proud to call Murphy, NC “HOME!” I truly believe that the Creator and the creation give us something – something deep within us that makes us want to grow and become something better, someone better. I believe that nature, this beauty and space, gives us a creative spirit and a place to become a creative person. Now, I’m not saying that my sunflower would win any awards, but just the fact that I was able to complete it gave me hope! I think everyone has something inside them that makes them creative in one way or another. Here in these mountains, these glorious, beautiful mountains, drink in the beauty and let it speak to your heart and dare to create something wonderful – dare to become someone greater, better and beautiful!