lesson of the week

“Once you realize that life can change in an instant, you can relax into a steady state of joyful expectation.”
~Kathy Freston

The past week has been spent administrating rather than creating. Tomorrow I will be back in the studio with more canvases, because the Dragonfly sold! Yippie.

I have opened a business account and sent off for sales tax registration, and am investigating “doing business as” vs. LLC filings and such fun. It feels good to be more official in my business capacity, especially with affirmations along the way. The banker was very admiring of my decision to be an entrepreneur, I received some confidence-building phone calls, and making a sale puts money in my pocket for doing what I love.

Each time I define my business on a form it affirms this artistic direction of my life, which in turn helps me think of myself as an artist/creator more.

Being an artist means believing you are an artist; making a living as an artist requires many of the skills and professional attitudes shared by successful self-employed persons engaged in other occupations.”
~ Caroll Michels in How to Survive and Prosper as and Artist

Next week I am off to a conference that promises to be inspirational. I look forward to seeing and hearing Curly Girl, Kelly Rae Roberts, and Princess Lasertron as well as reconnecting with friends I made last year, and hopefully making new ones.

Even though my business planning is taking longer than expected (I was envisioning being “more established” before TCC), each little step counts and generates a forward-momentum.

Speaking of momentum, I’ve been working on an exercise routine. Not having a daily 20-minute walk to and from the train for 9 months is beginning to show, so I pre-viewed some videos on Netflix and picked my favorite, which is supposed to show “results” in 4 weeks. My muscles are feeling it sooner! :-) I also picked up jump-roping since it is inexpensive, has a low learning curve and just 10 minutes can make a difference.

As with all things in life, prioritizing and consistency are key. I am learning to allow myself those 45-50 minutes for my health without feeling like it is stealing time from something ‘more productive’.

With The Creative Connection Event as a marker, I am learning the following:

  • Don’t push yourself too hard if you are not in a place where you wish to be, or if something is taking longer than expected.
  • Don’t let ‘what’s not done’ stand in the way of enjoying the current moment, and learn to let the future—both short-term and long-term—unfold as it will.
  • Life has some interesting turns in store for us, and it is more important to live each day with appreciation than to focus on that ever-present checklist.

 “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted, counts.”
~Albert Einstein as quoted in Wishing Well

accepting nonconformity

The past week I’ve been struggling through pricing exercises along with painting a picture of my target market. To give my brain a break I started reading The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau. This book was recommended by Princess Lasertron whom I look forward to meeting later this year.

I love the straightforward approach of his writing, and particularly enjoyed the chapter on “smashing through the brick wall of fear”. I especially felt comforted by his statement:

“The quest to overcome fear is lifelong, and almost no one is truly fearless.” 
~  Chris Guillebeau

So as I keep plugging away on spreadsheets in order to make my Etsy shop a reality, I feel better about this unconventional year with an ‘abnormal’ schedule and a non-9-to-5 lifestyle. My timeline may push back and the months slip by faster than intended, but I know that this year truly will be regret-free, and that I am in the time and place I need to be for my own personal growth.

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

I hope your circumstances are what you want them to be this week and beyond.

summering

There’s a lot going on in my brain but not much to share yet. My big task is coming up with my USP-the unique selling proposition of my business. While I know I am unique and I will have something to sell (hopefully locally by the end of July—there’s a trunk show coming up that could be my ‘feet-wetting exercise’), I’m not sure how to ‘proposition’ anything yet. ;-)

I’m working through this video series, reading the Six-Week Startup (without counting the weeks) and the most intimidating one, Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies. There are also E-Myth Revisited exercises to re-visit.

Meanwhile, my neighborhood is popping with color.

How nice would it be to sit here for a spell?

And the Starlight concerts have kicked off.

JT & The Clouds with help from Po’ Girl were a lovely family friendly show.

Check your local community/municipal web page. Even after a decade of living here, I am still discovering loads of fun free summer events like outdoor concerts, dance sessions and movies in the park (and I am so thrilled to have the time and energy to go to them this year!). Summer fun isn’t exclusive to kids, ya know?