Trick or Treat, or both?

I must say I don’t wait for Halloween to treat myself. I’ll accept or acquire a piece of chocolate year-round!

It seems this week I’m navigating some trickiness though, with all the books I’m reading from the library. Preparing for the business end of a crafty venture with all its caveats can be creepy.

Knowing that there is no one foolproof way to launch a business, that the rejection of my work is inevitable (now much more personal because it is tied to my own creativity and inspiration), and that no amount of preparation will prevent curveballs along the way causes significant self-evaluation.

By the same token, I have a wonderful support network, a clear drive and need to do this now, and all the resources of the universe at hand to make it happen. Which makes me very eager to try, and to fly!

So I’ll put on my brave girl mask, venture out, and see what doors will open along the way.

Happy trick or treating!

Picking up some knowledge

A dear friend brought me back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors the other day. What a lovely way to spend Saturday morning!

Today was summerly warm so I strolled over to the library for some inspiration and research.

I also stopped by Tom Thumb and browsed around.

It’s good to be inspired and to have inspiring resources. What are your favorite books and magazines to ‘recharge’ with?

Happy Birthday Suze!

In 2007 I took a class that changed my life-although I didn’t know it at the time.

Suze Weinberg introduced me to UTEE, and a whole new world of crafting opened up to me.

Today is Suze’s birthday, but if you read her blog you’d think every day is her birthday.

If anyone knows joie de vivre, it’s her.

So happy birthday Suze, and thank you for introducing me to a world of creativity!

Transitions

I heart Fall

The weather has been amazing the past two weekends, and so has the progression of colors and tree-phases.

The golden glow

From green to yellow to red

… to baring it all

While there is a long process leading up to this transition, sometimes it can all occur within a week.

(the timespan within which these photos were taken)

The seasons teach us so much about the creative process. What I love most is that there is no judgment. It just IS.

Plain, natural beauty.

What transitions are you contemplating, and are you judging these ideas before you even utter them?

Breathe in the beauty of nature and allow yourself to just be. Like a leaf in the wind, float with the idea for a while, before gently letting it go into the universe. You just might find it has a heart…

Synergies

As a child, you can’t wait to be a grown up—like your parents

Then you decide you don’t want to be ANYTHING like your parents at all.

But today I realized my parents’ hobbies do influence mine (whaaat!?). 😉

They become inspiration

… and synergies are born

One man’s discards become a new recipient’s treasured possession

What do you treasure today?

9/28 re-post “Live imperfectly with great delight”

This is the quote on my T-shirt that was donated by Curly Girl Designs to the Creative Connection Event — in a box “containing peace and love” :-). For a perfectionist like me, it is a great reminder that not everything has to be perfect.

Like this blog.

People have been encouraging me to start a blog for a while now, and as a writer and journaler, blogging should come naturally to me. However, while I do live with great delight, expressing that delight on the web needs to somehow be done ‘perfectly’.

That’s not how life is, is it? Attending the Creative Connection Event was one of my highlights of this year. I’d been living toward this event ever since it was first announced nine months ago. The guest speakers included some of my heroes whom I aspire to emulate, people who are living their dreams and have already taken the plunge into a creative lifestyle.

But in the course of the three days, the revelation came to me that no matter how many copies of their books have been sold, regardless of how often they are featured in the pages of magazines, how many brushes with fame they had, or how much their products are in demand, these women are … women. They are human, down to earth people who juggle just as much as us ‘regular’ people.

The responses of the panelists about ‘how to make it’ were as varied as their personalities and their business models. They struggled, they persevered, they made mistakes, they kept on keeping on, and eventually they achieved success. Some became successful or ‘popular’ by trial and error, while others actively researched strategies and sought out promotion opportunities. Ultimately, as diverse as our creativity, our self-expression, and our lives are, so are our paths toward our true destiny.

And guess what, they are still continuing to figure things out! While us aspiring creative business owners were in awe of these ‘celebrities’, they too expressed a need to determine their future. They may have ‘arrived’ in our eyes, but they are searching for the next chapter in their lives, too.

So yes, I must live IMperfectly with great delight. Because striving for perfection and not achieving it will rain on my parade, and life is just too full of lovely experiences to allow that to happen. Listening to these talented women, interacting with creatives from all over the country, and attending workshops in which every person made something entirely unique showed me that perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

We are our own worst critics. Someone pointed out a tiny glitch to me that I had noted in passing but didn’t pay much mind to. To that person, it was a glaring mistake. I told that person no one would notice. If anyone did, I doubt it had any effect on their enjoyment of the conference.

We have to extend such kindness to our own imperfections as well. Is it annoying when it could have been avoided? Yes. Will it impact our enjoyment of the rest of our lives? Only if we let it.

“Live imperfectly with great delight.” Just like I learned to accept my stick-straight hair a long time ago, I shall take Curly Girl’s advice and delight in everything I experience. That begins with my perception of each day.

May you too delight in the imperfection called life, and fill it with peace and love.

PS: I’m figuring out this blog posting thing and as a ‘page’ this disappeared, so it’s a repost for historian’s sake 🙂

Trusting the Universe…gradually

“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time”
~ Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

So the message from the Universe—during the Creative Connection Event, through a Crain’s video contest , various podcasts and other sources—is to start following my bliss now.

But how do I trust that the universe’s abundance will be there?

Suze Weinberg’s motto is “Leap, and the net will appear.” She wrote that in my Where Women Create book 3 years ago. But I haven’t leapt yet.

I know that I am meant to pursue a path of creativity, and I am ready to take on all the business tasks that come in addition to just the joy of creating. But getting to that point of making this a full-time job requires some faith I don’t quite have yet. For me, this journey isn’t about one giant leap. I’m a tad too risk averse for that.

Instead, I am going to follow my bliss gradually, and see where each step takes me. This does involve taking flying lessons, just in case.

Maybe I’ll gently stairstep toward a ledge as I get my wings ready, and then I can jump … and soar.

Put a little bliss in your life every day, so that your track becomes clear to you as well. One step at a time is all it takes.