â€œIt is more important to live intenselyÂ
and love wholeheartedlyÂ
than it is to worryÂ
whether youâ€™re doing the wrong thing.Â
Trust your inner knowledge.
Â Slow down, you will deal with the future when it is present.â€
~Cassandra Lorius inÂ Mandalas and Meditations
Last week a lot of snowmen melted, and so did my resolve.
Even though I get positive feedback and I know I can do this, Iâ€™m afraid at the same time.
Art-making is not my sweet spot. Business writing is. So why donâ€™t I go back to what I know I do well, and return to the career I have already established myself in?
â€œOne artist, alone, isnâ€™t going to produce
the rich culture of artists
that prompts the world to take notice.
Itâ€™s the variety and abundance of art and craft
that make people want to go to shows, stores and galleries
and buy handcrafted items.Â
It doesnâ€™t make sense to worry about competition or fear it.â€
~Sandra McCall,Â the Savvy Crafterâ€™s Guide to Success
I get super-inspired as I watchÂ Ladies of WINÂ succeed, as I read about trailblazing women, as I ponder theÂ sassiness of Goddesses and DivasÂ gone before. I religiously readÂ blogs by women artistsÂ and follow their account of how they reached success and are expanding on that success today. I’m thrilled to discover historical and current artists who are as inspired by nature as I am, and use it in their art work.
And then I get stuck.
â€œTry not to compare yourself to others. Itâ€™s the kiss of death.
It stifles who you are and makes you unhappy.
We are each on our own path, and the
more I pay attention to mine, the happier I am.â€
~Susan Rios, Where Women Create Magazine Summer 2010
I know in theory what I need to do, and I am quite good at writing marketing spiels for other people, but when it comes to Maikeâ€™s Marvels, I get nervous (also known asÂ Impostor Syndrome). Suddenly inertia develops because I feel much better art by better-trained and more experienced true FINE artists is already out there.
Even though intellectually and intuitively I know I have aÂ valid placeÂ in the (art) world, it is still hard to shut those Gremlins down. So I am boosting myself up with a bunch of quotes from myÂ readings, and fortifying myself with the knowledge that the only way to get over fear is to walk through it.
â€œPlease donâ€™t saddle yourself with the pressure of â€˜finding your styleâ€™.
Just crank out as many experimental riffs as possible.
Your style will emerge
as you become a student of your own processes.â€
~Suzanne Simanaitis inÂ Exhibition 36
New laptop skin byÂ Curly Girl DesignÂ
February will be my month of overcoming this inertia, and getting the resources and feedback to develop a viable marketing plan.
â€œMay your sensitivity be a blessing to you and others.
May you enjoy as much as peace and
pleasure as is possible in this world.
And may more and more of the other worlds
open to you as the days of your life pass.â€
~Â Elaine Aron,Â The Highly Sensitive Person