…something I’m not.
I have been making changes all over the place in my life…to my blog, to my online shops, to my creative practices, and on and on. But nothing feels right. It’s like I am trying, with all these changes, to be something I’m not.
I read blogs of artists and other creative types that I admire and, being totally honest here, I can’t help but wonder how these people manage to have the lives that they do? I see this one going to Paris, this other one headed to Portugal or Bali, another one supports her entire family off the income she makes online with her creativity.
Please know that I am not being jealous…that is 100% NOT what I am getting at here, not in the least. What I’m wondering is how? How do these artists/creatives do it? What are they doing to make themselves so damn successful? See, it’s not that I’m jealous, I am totally and completely thrilled for each of them…it’s that I want to know how they are doing what they’re doing…how they’ve managed to get it right?
I’m not comparing art quality here, each one that I’m thinking of is different so it’s not some formula they are following…it’s much, much more than that kind of thing. I am sure of that. I’m looking and I’m learning, taking notes if you will, and I’m really giving thought as to how I want to continue my online presence and my creative life.
I have discovered one thing I know to be true…to get ahead you.must.be.yourself!!! So, instead of doing all these changes as I chase the dream, I’ve decided to take a different approach to every bit of my life. It’s time for me to stop trying to do what everyone else is doing and get back to just being me. Time to get back to Craft Therapy, not Lonely Tree Studio…I did that because I thought that’s what the successful artists do but it doesn’t feel like me. I am still a crafter in addition to being an artist, I love it all.
My art journals have been gathering dust because I have been so busy trying to figure out how to be “an artist” rather than spending my time just being one. How crazy is that?!?! Yeah, it’s so stupid. I realize that now…but it made sense when I was doing it.
This life of mine is a journey and throughout my journey I hope to keep learning and changing and discovering things about myself; this is certainly a lesson, a discovery. I’m stretching my creative muscles through self discovery.
In addition, I am finding such hope, such love and kindness in the Goddess Circle with Goddess Leonie. She and the fellow goddesses (not a religious thing so don’t think that) I have met there are so full of support & goodness that it can’t NOT give me a great place to find out more about myself and be surrounded by gentle spirits who ‘get me’ while I do.
In keeping with my simplification of things and my decision to embrace who I am and stop trying to ‘do what they do,’ I want to offer some discounts to my loyal readers who have stuck by me while I have been dancing around like a crazy woman over here. LOL
Plus, there is no shame in admitting that I am trying to make a living here, so raising funds is never a bad thing!
First, if you are interested in my Micro-Workshop, Into the Groove, I am running a sale on it…regularly $15.00, now on sale for $9.00 (40% off!!!) I believe it holds a ton of great information for art journaling and for the price, it can’t be beat. Take advantage of this great price until, at least, April 15th.
You can just click the “Buy Now” button below and you’re off and running! Or, if you want more info (nothing wrong with that,) go to my Workshops page and read all about it. (If you’ve already taken Into the Groove and think it’s a worthwhile class, share the link with your friends and/or blog readers, please. I would be forever grateful!)
ON SALE for $9.00!!!
Also, I am running a 40% sale on most of the items in my Artfire shop, too. We are still planning the move to Florida in the next 4-6 weeks and I really need to decrease my inventory before we have to start packing things up. Check out my shop HERE or below and pick up some really great deals while they last. (Items marked with a sale banner in the bottom right corner are included in the 40% off sale.)
And last, I really hope that you will all stick with me while I do some serious transitioning. I have got to get back to being me and, in doing so, my blog and my shop will both be going through some changes, yet again. I have crafts that I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with you all, some sewing projects that I’ve got going that you have got to see, and lots of art journaling goodness to share with you in the days and weeks to come.
Bear with me…I’m getting there.
Peace & Love,