Saturday morning, I was with Linda Regula and her family as she passed. We surrounded her with love, stories, and special memories. There are no words to describe this heartbreaking loss. She meant the world to so many people, me included. Linda is the first person to put a paintbrush in my hand when I was three years old, and she has been my biggest inspiration, cheerleader, mentor, and best friend for thirty seven years. Linda strove to inspire everyone around her to be their best, most creative self. Whatever your artistic medium might be, even if it’s one you haven’t discovered yet, now is the time. Pick up that paintbrush. Write that novel. Linda always called me her Golden Child, but I’m not alone. She saw the potential in everyone she met and she wanted them to see it too. I want to express my deepest gratitude to her husband James and all of her kids, grandkids, and other relatives for treating me like one of the family through this whole process. Our hearts are broken today but Linda’s creative spirit lives on in everyone whose life she touched. Every time I saw her, she always wanted to know “what project are you working on?” If you were lucky enough to know this special person, ask yourself that question in her voice, and then go do it. 💜
Watch a short film about Linda and me.