Appreciating the creative journey is the epiphany gathered along the way. Questions find answers. Skills increase. Knowledge deepens. Even as ideas manifest, new ideas arrive in the corners of one's mind - and one's sketchbook. Of all the hundreds of students I have walked the creative path with, the happiest were those that acquired metacognition: the ability to think about one's own thinking, and manage one's own creative process. As an artist with thousands of hours of practice and an art educator with advanced degrees and 2 decades of experience in the classroom, one thing I am convinced of is this: appreciate the journey.