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Creative Business Summit

July is here already!

How has that happened? This year is full of change for me and my family, and I am shocked at how fast things are moving- but also so ready to embrace change! Our little cottage is still for sale (so if you feel like sending any “Real Estate Vibes” my way, I am ALL about it. ) We are learning how to be more and more patient as each day plugs along, but we are living strangely in our own home- so that is odd!

Things have been busy both personally and in business. I have been making all types of moves behind the scenes and planning for the future of this art journey. (I’ll share more on that later) One thing that was a highlight of June was sitting down with Kelly McCausey to chat about my art journey, and how a love of mine, and something that is therapeutic to me became a viable business. It has never really seemed like the timing has worked out to sit down and share my thoughts, but in the new habit I have of not making myself small, and shrinking myself when presented with opportunities I said a big “YES”

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Kelly was a wonderful host, and it felt super authentic and real just chatting with her, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be interviewed alongside other wonderful speakers. If you want to catch the replay you can find that here.

Love and Light friends 💕

Big Thoughts before Big Moves

I have been painting a lot lately. I am blessed to have been able to put Aubrey in daycare, three days a week now, and so certainly that has freed up more time to be me again, and more time to paint. Aubrey is absolutely loving daycare and so that warms my heart. She has made friends, loves her teachers and is settling in well.

As I sit down to write this- I actually am at a loss for words. I figure that sitting in front of my computer and getting this all out as honestly as possible will put this period of flux to good use, and will kind of give whomever wishes to follow along and read this a little glimpse into my headspace.

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My business is at a point where I either choose to start playing big and making some scary moves, or risk losing the momentum that I have gained. This is a good problem to have. I am so grateful to have this problem, or to be faced with this reality. I am NOT here to whine about it. What it is, is scary.

So far, my momentum has come from my designs for Third Party Companies. My cellphone cases are rocking it, and I couldn’t be more proud, and my Deny Designs work has landed in some pretty amazing places. I never would have imagined being here when I first started an art challenge in 2014 on Instagram, and sharing my albeit beginner pieces. I am thankful for those of you who remember when I started- lots of you have been around since those days.

What is scary about growth? Well, lots of things. This is where we know doubt will enter. Inevitably before you make those big moves your thoughts will try and talk you out of it. I am not talking about wisely weighting the pros, and cons. I am talking about pesky doubt that says- the momentum will stop, and then you will be out cash you are no longer making. (read, I have a family to help support, and momentum stopping would be so life changing to my little family so that fear is grounded in truth)

This is where you say to yourself, well yes, your Design work has taken off, but you don’t sell original artwork very well. I am sharing this with you- because it’s true. My heart yearns to sell my original works a lot more than I do. Design work fits really well into my life right now. It is easier for me to handle (no shipping, and wrapping etc) and with the illness, and recovery in full force- it works. But you can’t stop your heart from dreaming of the day when people will purchase your new original works, and will be proud to display them in their homes. Yes, do I sell original art? I do. I really do. But the sales are few and far between, and I know that this is the reality for lots of artists. It takes years and years of building in order to be able to grow your audience and up the demand for your work. I don’t pretend to be in the expert stage of this art journey- in fact I still consider myself to be in the beginning stages. BUT the dream is still there. I know that art is a nice to have, and that lots of people would lots to purchase original artwork but that it actually isn’t possible to spend the money in that way. I get it. There are always purchases that will have to come before art- even if you REALLY want to buy. In no way do I want this to come out as a “BUY MY ART” because that is not what this is. I get it. It’s just one of the scary doubts that comes into play before actually committing to take the next steps, and overcoming fear and going all in.

This monetary issue is part of the reason that I have chosen to sell my art/designs through third party vendors. (Who have good quality product, whose values I can stand beside) It makes my art, available through different price points so that people who want a piece of my art, or who appreciate the idea that art can brighten your day, and small moments of brightness can help you lead a happier or more peaceful life. It allows you to infuse art into your daily life in bits and pieces but for those bits and pieces to count. I am so grateful to have those outlets to license my work through, and grateful to all of you for supporting me in those ways as well.

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I have largely been inside my head this last little while, trying to figure out just how big to play, and what the next steps are. My heart has been calling me to create on canvas, and on paper, in ways that I will offer as Original Pieces. They may take years to sell, or they may never sell, but I will always follow my heart and soul and do what they are guiding me towards. It may take time but I will figure out this journey of mine one step at a time.

Mostly I just want to thank everyone for being here for this journey. Every single like on my posts, or comment on my posts, makes a big difference in the visibility of my account, and thus my ability to reach my artwork further into the world and into peoples lives. This is what it is all about. If the sales were to disappear completely- I would be fine. I love my art, I love the path of starting messy, and not knowing where you will end up, and working it and working it. Then saying- oh this is awful. Then buckling down and working some more. Then magically almost as if out of nowhere (except you worked really hard for this out of nowhere) things fall into place and you see why you just went through all that you did. Such is the way- in art, and in life, and while I have no idea really where I am headed- I am immersing myself in the journey. Big things, little things. Life is magic, and I am blessed.

Why Skillshare Is Top-Notch For Online Art & Crafts Classes

Hey Friends,

I saw this quote the other day and it resonated with me.  I knew I had to share it with you.

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” ~Junot Diaz

Life is so busy, isn’t it?  Each day races by, full of tasks of either, and suddenly you realize you have done nothing for yourself in weeks!  

We’re inspired by the surrounding beauty, yet we often fail to take the time to literally and figuratively smell the roses.  Confession:  I’d been feeling this way on and off the entire summer.

Before sending Kenley into JK this fall, we enjoyed time together, along with getting everything she needs, purchased and organized, to help this momma can feel like her girl is heading into school set up for success.  Also, I can’t forget Aubrey either. The poor thing has been teething badly and getting molars and a few others at the same time.

Yet the desire to do something for myself - to continue to grow and stretch my knowledge and capability isn’t new.  It’s something I always crave, but the commitment to make it a priority to learning and stretching is what has changed.

I looked around to see what would make this possible. The criterion was long, but it had to:

  • Peak my interest;

  • Something I could do from the comfort of my home (online art classes anyone?); and

  • Something I could do at my pace.

As a chronic illness warrior, it’s imperative that I am able to work at my pace. I never know which days I will have the energy or certain physical capabilities.

I realized this criterion would also apply to so many of you!  The proverbial hands on the clock roll around faster and faster these days. No kids and no pets?  Life is still so busy.

Yet with Kenley’s new adventure with school, it reminds me of how fun and uplifting it is to dig into a new arts and crafts project.  Do you remember that feeling? I always enjoyed being able to get my explore colors, textures, and mediums to create my unique masterpieces. Is there anything as satisfying as creating something from scratch?     

We still have an innate need to create, explore, and try new things.  A day in/day out routine can make us feel ho-hum.  What better way to spread a little sunshine in our lives than online art and craft classes for adults!


Why Creativity Is Beneficial

Explore New Things

One of the best ways to explore new things is through creativity!  There are tons of art projects and techniques I bet you would love to try!  

I know my art “to-do” list is filled with tons of them!

As the holidays approach and the weather changes, finding fun crafts to make with the kiddos is a special way to spend time with them and create memories they’ll take with them forever.  

Allow Us To Unplug & Unwind

Arts and crafts allow us to unplug from our ever-increasing online world.  It’s easy to spend more time than intended with needless scrolling on our phones or other electronic devices.  

In nurturing our creativity we allow both self-expression and self-awareness through tuning inward to choose that which appeals to our senses.  The clock fades from our thoughts and its hold on us.  

They also give us a much-needed break from our steady stream of thoughts like:

  • What are you going to have for dinner?

  • I should drink more water.

  • Did I let the dog in?

  • Why didn’t I start this sooner?

  • How long do I have before I need to pick up the kids from school?

  • I should call my mom soon

The list literally is never ending!

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Art As Therapy

I firmly believe art heals.  As shared in My Story, I have used my art as therapy to work through several severely traumatizing events from childhood. Art was then and still is an escape. It was through my encouraging, supportive parents to turn my passion for design and obsession with color into an outlet.

It’s proven that art is beneficial to manage stress and practice self-care.

According to the article, The Healing Power of Art, Harvard Health Publishing states, “Studies have shown that expressing themselves through art can help people with depression, anxiety, or cancer, too. And doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people.”

It’s proof of what we already know, isn’t it?  We feel better when we explore creative outlets including arts and crafts.  I know I do!  

(Ps. You can right click and download this baby for your desktop or mobile)

(Ps. You can right click and download this baby for your desktop or mobile)


Benefits of Skillshare Classes

When reminded of SkillShare by a friend, I was super excited! (I mean I have heard of Skillshare. Most folks have.) But had I ever really checked it out? Not completely.  

After analyzing Skillshare’s classes and technology, knowing this was precisely what I needed to stretch and challenge myself.  I know it will help me maintain the precarious and ever-changing balance of life.

Skillshare has a deep catalog of creative classes to satisfy your much needed “me-time.”  Whether you’re a busy mom, entrepreneur, or need to practice self-care, Skillshare has classes to scratch the creative itch!  

What is wonderful about Skillshare (there are so many things) is that if you sign up through my affiliate link, Skillshare will give you 2 free month of classes!

Looking for online classes for beginners, have you always wanted to take acrylic painting classes, sewing classes?  

Look no further, my friends!  

Let’s Take A Sneak-Peak At What You Can Expect With Skillshare

Types Of Classes

Skillshare offers a variety of creative, lifestyle (crafts included!), business, and technology classes.

  • Creative Classes:  Animation, Film Production, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music Production, Photography, UI/UX Design, and Writing

  • Lifestyle Classes:  Crafts and Culinary

  • Business Classes:  Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Freelance, Leadership, Management, Marketing, and Productivity.

  • Technology Classes:  Date Science, Mobile Development, Production Management, and Web Development

Popular Skills

Popular Skills in the Fine Art Category include:  Art, Illustration, Creative, Painting, Visual Arts, Sketchbook, Watercolors, Drawing, and Sketching.

Skills in the Crafts Category include:  Art, Jewelry, Creativity, Jewelry Design, Painting, DIY, Knitting, Sewing, Fine Art, and Lifestyle

Don’t Let This Opportunity To Learn A New Skill Pass You By!

If you enjoy learning, creating art, or making crafts you’ll find Skillshare’s classes the perfect creative outlet.  

You’ll always have tasks to do and errands to run, but only you can make time for self-care and fun.  And you know what - you deserve it!

Join Skillshare now to claim your 2 Free Months of Classes!

What classes are you wanting to explore?

Love,

Laura