I have discovered bravery is not about proceeding with out fear. Courage is proceeding despite the fear. Last May, I hopped into my little car and drove a bit more than a thousand miles to meet some people who previously had only existed in a box on top of my desk. Christi Friesen, world renown polymer clay artist was offering a weekend of classes. Bohemian Vibe, sponsored by Brenda Sue Landsdowne of BSueboutiques.com. Of course, I already felt as though these women were my best friends. I’d logged quite a few hours watching them in their instructional videos on youtube. Both, very down to earth and easy to like. I was among the first to reserve my place at the retreat. If I hesitated at all the fear would win and my weekend would turn into a huge regret.
I have decided this year to schedule in my creativity breaks. Just as I fill my calendar with work hours, gym time, and other obligations I need to put into my schedule creativity sessions. It is all to easy to sit at the computer Crushing Candy when I need to be productive. I know I am capable. I just have to stop giving into procrastination and distraction. I’ve spent the last two days reorganizing my work space and clearing my head so I may visualize what I intend to work on. This is my year.I’m going to use the same self discipline that has helped me stay with a workout routine, eat healthier. The next project is “me time”. By inking it into my routine the time becomes dedicated to my art.
And I had so much fun in Ohio I am planning on going again. I cant way to see Brenda, Donna, and all the gang. It is so rewarding when artists share ideas and best practices. We all save ourselves so much time by sharing our experience, what works… what doesn’t. You might think that a group of artists all interested in marketing their art would be more proprietary about their knowledge and techniques. This group is amazing. We all grow together. It’s pretty neat how it works… when you share what you have you wind up getting what you need.