taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I've been considering a huge, huge decision. Through all of the going back and forth in my mind, I've been working hard on keeping the perspective that when we let one thing go, we make more room for something else to be born. I'd be lying if I didn't say there was fear with this decision, but I worry more about the fear that comes with not making the decision. I want to be brave with my life. I want to listen to it. I want to grow.
It is with this perspective and faith that I've made the big decision to scale back the scope of my online shop in a big, big way. The shop is the busiest it's ever been, and it's a major income stream for me, but it takes a lot of work to run it - even with employees helping. It also takes a lot of energy + time - something that I'd like to start putting toward other big ideas and projects. I am so grateful for all the abundance it's brought me all of these years, but I'm feeling called to let it go.
I'm planning to let the current products/inventory sell out (very close to this now). Once everything is sold, I'll continue to offer very limited items - just matted prints, greeting cards, and perhaps an occasional batch of original painting. No more wall canvases, home decor products, stationery/office products, or gift products. My plan is to keep it simple, simple, simple.
I will still (of course!) announce when new products come out with my licensing partners and share photos and all that fun stuff, but I will no longer sell the products online. Instead, I'll do my best to direct you to a shop in your local area (or an online vendor) that carries the products.
Since having baby True, I'm learning how precious time really is. It is money. It is energy. It is limited. More than ever, I want to pay attention to how I'm using my energy and my time and I want to be sure I'm opening up as much possible space in my heart and in my limited work hours so that I can nurture new growth, new ideas, new room for possibilities. I also want to be sure I'm enjoying it. I always know when I need to make a change - it's usually when something is no longer fun and feels more like a burden. That's what's happening here, and I'm paying close attention.
I'm excited about what will be born from making this big decision! I have a feeling it's going to be good. I already feel free, lighter.
I'm also looking forward to reclaiming this blog space for more stories, more photos, tutorials, and more without having to use it a promotional tool for the shop - this has especially been weighing heavy on my heart. I want to write + create and let some of the marketing/biz pieces go for a bit.
So, with that news, please head on over to the shop and get any remaining products before they are no longer available. The shop will close next week for a couple of months for a nice long winter break before returning in Feb with its new limited stock of prints + greeting cards.
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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