taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
last year, when i turned 30, i instictively knew big things were on their way for my 30th year. and i was right. this past year has been life changing for me in the very best ways possible. so much has happened, so much growth.
my 30th year will forever be defined as the year i discovered my art. and i can't tell you how much that led to the discovery of myself. finally, it has all fallen into place. those hopes and dreams that were once undiscovered, unknown, and tucked away in the corners of my heart, have found themselves revealed, and brightly exposed and running with ideas and songs of freedom. it's been huge for me. huge. and it's all just really begun. how cool is that?
here are just some of my favorite highlights from my 30th year:
here i am on my 30th bday, with soul sisters gina and lisa. i had such hopes for my 30th year on this very day. we were chowing down on a good italian meal. john had just given me that gorgeous necklace moments before. he has the best taste and that necklace remains one of my favorites.
i ran this half marathon last summer with my friends jessica, roxanna, david, and john. it was, and still is, one of my greatest achievements. having never been a runner, training for this event was an awakening for me. it was the first time i had ever stuck to any physical training in my life. in many ways i believe the running led me to my art. and i made a wonderful and lifelong friend in jessica, my running partner.
our trip to kauai last summer was one of the best vacation we've ever taken. we traded in our usual travel habits of roadtripping, camping, backpacking and lived it up in a condo on the beach, swam with gigantic sea turtles, hiked the napali coast, and lounged like never before.
oh yes. the nyc trip with the girls. that was a wild, wild trip. i will never forget it. it was emotional, crazy, and fun. i love each one of these girls so, so much. they are all hilarious, intelligent, creative geniuses.
some very humbling art beginnings. i started making stuff around the holidays, mainly scrapbooky style, then started experimenting with faces and girls in february. i've come a long way, but my beginnings, which are still so recent, are special to me. for me, each piece represents another step in the journey.
and then there was ArtFest 2006, my first ever art retreat. another huge thing for me. i was on a high for several weeks following this experience, and thankfully, liz was there, too. together, we savored every moment and discovered an entire world of people that felt like home. i wish i had more pics of ArtFest. i encourage everyone i know who is interested in mixed media art to go. you will never, ever, ever regret it.
there were several trips to the coast. oh how i will miss the oregon coast.
and finally, the next adventure awaits us...we'll be there soon!
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my journey (in chronological order from 2006 - 2009 ) into the creative life
- the whispers of inspiration
- the beginning
- feeling my heart lift
- first attempt at girlie painting
- humble beginnings
- i've come a long way since this
- when everything changed
- finding my style
- a review of that first year
- deciding to take the leap
- selling my first item on etsy
- beginning to build a business
- launching my website
- learning to be fearless
- still working out my style
- up up and away
- my first showing
- first gallery opening
- spilling myself into a book proposal
- book proposal accepted!
- the gremlins
- a more cohesive style emerges
- working on book projects
- published in a magazine for the first time
- a trip to ohio to meet with book publisher
- quitting my day job
- where i wrote the book
- embracing my vulnerabilities
- showing at a big san fran art festival
- licensing for the first time
- on guilt + the blues
- becoming a possibilitarian
- figuring out wholeness
- on becoming
- on saying no
- on magic + beginnings
- on anxiety
- finally seeing myself
- finding my community
- book is released
- teaching for the first time
- thoughts on riding the wave
- teaching in italy
- new studio space in seattle
- creative style turning point
- pretending until we're not
- new affirmation paintings emerge
- hired an assistant
- first keynote
- national product (home + gift) line debuts with DEMDACO
- new gift line debuts with demdaco
- love is the only thing that matters
- brand new website debuts
- first ever calendars + datebooks debut!
- feeling the pressure of it all
- on getting lovebombed (again)
- figuring out how to take care of myself
- on wanting to pinch myself
- on giving my medicine to the world
- some thoughts after three years of all of this
- on expanding my biz vision after a trip to kansas
- telling the truth about hard days
- on creative expansiveness
- on staying true in biz
- 2009 year in review
The Creative/biz journey continues in chronological order (2010 - present)
atlanta gift show part two!
on being brave
decorative art girlies arrive!
cover of somerset studio magazine!
it's about capacity + connection
announced my first e-course!
got an agent and a logo!
attending surtex in nyc for the first time!
why writing a letter to myself worked magic
on what it's like to run an ecourse
expanding our personal horizons
ranking #1 in gift beat's wall art category!
on inviting abundance of all kinds
decided not to play small
ranked #1 in gftbeat's inspirational category!
two year book anniversary
hired a portland asst!
babies make their appearance in my work!
new gift products are introduced
on missing my beginner artist self
featured in 10 pg national mag
traveled to China to see where products are made
announced new home decor line!
home decor line launches
celebrated 5 years of this life
greeting cards launched
moved oinline shop out of my house
launched hello soul, hello business
savoring vs dreaming
made a huge decision about online shop