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Where I am and where I’m going

HomeTonight I am eating dinner at my formal dining room table. I’ve decided that I deserve to enjoy this room myself rather than waiting for special occasions to sit here.

No music. No TV. Just me and the meal (and the Celtics game that my teenager is blaring for the other room. “Me” time only goes so far in this house.)

This is a first step in slowing down and reclaiming my creative direction as I head into 2015. Being creative demands being in touch with self. Too often I think we all are doing a million things at once, even while eating. We’re women warriors; that’s what we do—multitask and take care of the entire world around us.

Consequently time becomes a blur. This year has zipped by and yet I feel like I’m standing still (if you look two posts down, you will see what I mean, as I repeat myself here). I find myself in the same place as an artist as last year, wishing for the exact things I wished for last year. But accomplishing goals is not about “wishing,” it is about reflecting on what you want, figuring out the steps involved to get there and “doing” the work. It is about “I will” rather than “I wish.”

I know this already, but it is good to have a reminder, which I’m getting everyday this month through the free online “Creative Planathon” that I happened upon. A key component of planning for next year is looking at what has been achieved this year as well as the challenges, and setting goals and action steps for 2015. (One of my goals is to get back to blogging.)

There was no mention of sitting at the formal dining room table to catch your breath so you can hear your own thoughts and listen to your heart’s desire. But, I think this is a good place to start—sitting still in the moment.

The workbook for the planathon has a great quote that says it best:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”—Yogi Berra

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YAY! A gallery

"Hat Ladies" at Rhodes GalleryI am so excited! I just returned from meeting with the owner of a new gallery in Cumberland, R.I.—Rhodes Gallery. She was interested in featuring this acrylic painting “Hat Ladies”, as well as some of my handmade greeting cards and jewelry.

Did I mention that I’m excited! This is the first time I’ve gotten artwork into an actual gallery. I can’t wait to write this on my artist resume.

It’s so amazing how once you make intentions and work toward goals things start happening. I’m determined to make many things happen this year regarding my art. This will be a great learning experience for me. The gallery owner loves bold colors. So we will get along very well.

I owe a great deal of my boldness in approaching a gallery to the inspiration of Leah’s Creative Every Day blog. Working on artwork every day nurtures me and reminds me of how much I have to offer. My confidence as an artist grows each day.

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Feeling the love

I was at a craft fair yesterday selling my handmade cards and beaded jewelry. It went great! People had such nice things to say about my work. It was great validation. This marks the end of the holiday craft fair season for me. Now I will have time to actually go through my inventory and work on improving presentation, creating a coding system so I can figure out what items are popular, and adding images to my Web site to try to grow my business. And I’ll get more painting done.

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