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Falling off the wagon is a GOOD thing

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Falling off the wagon is a GOOD thing

I realized recently that it's stilly to beat myself up when I mess up a routine or habit I've been working on cultivating, because messing it up gives you perspective. How can you tell if something's working or not otherwise? My light bulb moment came because my coach pushed me to move my meditation to first thing in the morning to make sure it gets done. I was trying to do it around lunch, and I really enjoyed the reset it gave my day, but of course I missed days here and there because things get busy, I don't always...

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Small Business Superstar

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Small Business Superstar

I found out I was nominated as a Small Business Superstar with the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce over the weekend!Like...whaaaaat?!?!?! I never would have expected something like this at this point in my art business! I feel like I am still getting started and there's always so much more to do. But that's also just life, I suppose.Anyway, thank you thank you thank you to whoever nominated me for this. It's incredibly encouraging and motivating.

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I think about entropy a lot

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I think about entropy a lot

Entropy, noun: lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder. Entropy is one of the most frustrating parts of life for me. No matter how hard you work at something, if you don't do it for long enough, your skills will decay and you will have to start over.  Ok, fine. You don't literally have to start over, but it can feel that way! Your last memories of the time you did the activity are of you at your peak; then when you try it after a while away, your skills no longer match up with your memories.  I...

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Paying Yourself First

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Paying Yourself First

The stereotype of “starving artist” exists for a reason, but I just came across a talk by a local KC artist and gallery owner that wants to challenge that concept. Vanessa Lacy presented the concept of “Profit First” for artists via a free Facebook Live.  I started watching the video and I’m only halfway through, but I can already tell it’s changed the way I’m thinking about money in my art biz. I’m definitely guilty of not paying myself at all from my art sales. Part of this is because I have a full time job with a good income,...

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It's OK to not make art all the time

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It's OK to not make art all the time

Sometimes life throws an unexpected curve ball at you, like around this time last year when my husband fell off our porch step, broke his foot, and had to be chauffeured to work for a few weeks! And when these things happen, we need to be able to give ourselves the grace that staying afloat is perfectly acceptable. Sometimes it's enough to just survive, even if we're not thriving.  Our society tells us we need to constantly hustle, that relaxing is a waste of time. After a while this messages seeps into us and we tell it to ourselves as well....

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