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- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Assume joy is essential.โ € .โ € More of these happy little collage experiments! Really enjoying this new process. It reminds me just how joyful I feel exploring a new form of creativity. When I experience that joy, I feel most connected to my spirit and that's when I see everything around me in a different light. I'm more patient, more grounded, more grateful, more loving. And joy is the gateway to all of that and more. Sometimes we pretend that this kind of joy is trivial or a luxury. But the more we can treat our joy -- and activities that connect us to that joy -- as essential, the better and brighter humans I believe we'll be. โ € . โ € Hope you're carving out time for joy this weekend!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Assume joy is essential.โ € .โ € More of these happy little collage experiments! Really enjoying this new process. It reminds me just how joyful I feel exploring a new form of creativity. When I experience that joy, I feel most connected to my spirit and that& #39;s when I see everything around me in a different light. I& #39;m more patient, more grounded, more grateful, more loving. And joy is the gateway to all of that and more. Sometimes we pretend that this kind of joy is trivial or a luxury. But the more we can treat our joy -- and activities that connect us to that joy -- as essential, the better and brighter humans I believe we& #39;ll be. โ € . โ € Hope you& #39;re carving out time for joy this weekend!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Assume joy is essential.โ € .โ € More of these happy little collage experiments! Really enjoying this new process. It reminds me just how joyful I feel exploring a new form of creativity. When I experience that joy, I feel most connected to my spirit and that's when I see everything around me in a different light. I'm more patient, more grounded, more grateful, more loving. And joy is the gateway to all of that and more. Sometimes we pretend that this kind of joy is trivial or a luxury. But the more we can treat our joy -- and activities that connect us to that joy -- as essential, the better and brighter humans I believe we'll be. โ € . โ € Hope you're carving out time for joy this weekend!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- Trying something new! I've been really inspired by the work of @tomabbisssmithart and other collage artists over the past few months and the #iPadPro makes it so easy to experiment and play with layers and colors. โ € . โ € ps. My #iPadLetteringforBeginners course launches next week! If you're the least bit curious about how to incorporate the iPad into your lettering/art practice, I'm telling you -- this is the only course you'll need. I've packed it full of info and process videos! ๐Ÿ‘ Swipe to see a tiny bit of process from this quick session!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- Trying something new! I& #39;ve been really inspired by the work of @tomabbisssmithart and other collage artists over the past few months and the #iPadPro makes it so easy to experiment and play with layers and colors. โ € . โ € ps. My #iPadLetteringforBeginners course launches next week! If you& #39;re the least bit curious about how to incorporate the iPad into your lettering/art practice, I& #39;m telling you -- this is the only course you& #39;ll need. I& #39;ve packed it full of info and process videos! ๐Ÿ‘ Swipe to see a tiny bit of process from this quick session!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- Trying something new! I've been really inspired by the work of @tomabbisssmithart and other collage artists over the past few months and the #iPadPro makes it so easy to experiment and play with layers and colors. โ € . โ € ps. My #iPadLetteringforBeginners course launches next week! If you're the least bit curious about how to incorporate the iPad into your lettering/art practice, I'm telling you -- this is the only course you'll need. I've packed it full of info and process videos! ๐Ÿ‘ Swipe to see a tiny bit of process from this quick session!โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #digitalcollage
- SO thrilled to be back with my soul sister Lauren on her @gritandglitterco podcast today! I freaking LOVE Lauren and the heart, energy and passion for soulful conversations that she brings to her podcast, so I was thrilled to be asked back (our first chat was episode 19 and this week's return is episode 103!)โ € . โ € In this conversation, we talk about a topic that has been on my heart A LOT over the past few months and it is a response to this question that I KNOW you've probably experienced if you're trying to start or run a creative business: "IS THERE EVEN ROOM FOR ME HERE?"โ € . โ € There are new blogs and businesses and podcasts cropping up all the time and it can be tempting to say to yourself *Why even try to break through?* But what I share in this conversation is my perspective about shifting your success metric from one of achievement to one of ALIGNMENT, and how that suddenly can reveal to you just how much room there is for all of us. In my opinion, there is ALWAYS room for more people doing the work that lights them up -- in fact, in these times, we need it more than ever. โ € . โ € Give it a listen at the link in my profile (click this image to take you to the episode!) โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #creativebusiness #creativebiz #girlboss #podcastinterview #alignment #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- SO thrilled to be back with my soul sister Lauren on her @gritandglitterco podcast today! I freaking LOVE Lauren and the heart, energy and passion for soulful conversations that she brings to her podcast, so I was thrilled to be asked back (our first chat was episode 19 and this week& #39;s return is episode 103!)โ € . โ € In this conversation, we talk about a topic that has been on my heart A LOT over the past few months and it is a response to this question that I KNOW you& #39;ve probably experienced if you& #39;re trying to start or run a creative business: "IS THERE EVEN ROOM FOR ME HERE?"โ € . โ € There are new blogs and businesses and podcasts cropping up all the time and it can be tempting to say to yourself *Why even try to break through?* But what I share in this conversation is my perspective about shifting your success metric from one of achievement to one of ALIGNMENT, and how that suddenly can reveal to you just how much room there is for all of us. In my opinion, there is ALWAYS room for more people doing the work that lights them up -- in fact, in these times, we need it more than ever. โ € . โ € Give it a listen at the link in my profile (click this image to take you to the episode!) โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #creativebusiness #creativebiz #girlboss #podcastinterview #alignment #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- SO thrilled to be back with my soul sister Lauren on her @gritandglitterco podcast today! I freaking LOVE Lauren and the heart, energy and passion for soulful conversations that she brings to her podcast, so I was thrilled to be asked back (our first chat was episode 19 and this week's return is episode 103!)โ € . โ € In this conversation, we talk about a topic that has been on my heart A LOT over the past few months and it is a response to this question that I KNOW you've probably experienced if you're trying to start or run a creative business: "IS THERE EVEN ROOM FOR ME HERE?"โ € . โ € There are new blogs and businesses and podcasts cropping up all the time and it can be tempting to say to yourself *Why even try to break through?* But what I share in this conversation is my perspective about shifting your success metric from one of achievement to one of ALIGNMENT, and how that suddenly can reveal to you just how much room there is for all of us. In my opinion, there is ALWAYS room for more people doing the work that lights them up -- in fact, in these times, we need it more than ever. โ € . โ € Give it a listen at the link in my profile (click this image to take you to the episode!) โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #creativebusiness #creativebiz #girlboss #podcastinterview #alignment #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- Since I've been trying to work on my illustration skills, I thought it was worth investing in a character illustration class to learn a process to start with. Luckily @britandco had an awesome one from @victoriaying teaching you how to draw a "hipster kitty." I used her simple process and it turned out even better than I imagined! Feeling super inspired to keep making these little characters and exploring more styles! ๐Ÿ‘ Never stop learning my creative friends!
- Since I& #39;ve been trying to work on my illustration skills, I thought it was worth investing in a character illustration class to learn a process to start with. Luckily @britandco had an awesome one from @victoriaying teaching you how to draw a "hipster kitty." I used her simple process and it turned out even better than I imagined! Feeling super inspired to keep making these little characters and exploring more styles! ๐Ÿ‘ Never stop learning my creative friends!
- Since I've been trying to work on my illustration skills, I thought it was worth investing in a character illustration class to learn a process to start with. Luckily @britandco had an awesome one from @victoriaying teaching you how to draw a "hipster kitty." I used her simple process and it turned out even better than I imagined! Feeling super inspired to keep making these little characters and exploring more styles! ๐Ÿ‘ Never stop learning my creative friends!
- From today's newsletter: Knowing When To Scrap "The Plan" and Embrace the Art of Course Correction. โ € .โ € "I don't regret making The Plan -- I needed it. I needed it so that my creative spirit could rest for a while, to grow stronger again and to gain some perspective. But, now she's back. She's well-rested, dialed in, and she's ready to find the next challenge that makes her feel vibrant and alive.ย โ € It's time to write a new Plan, one that is better suited for this recharged soul. โ € That new plan is to make magic again.ย โ € To me that means writing more. Painting more. Having real conversations. Going deeper. Uncovering more. Seeking out new challenges. Sharing my daily experiences in a way that goes one step deeper.ย โ € It means re-committing to the idea that Made Vibrant as a business isn't just about teaching art, it's about BEING art. It's about using creativity to discover and RE-discover ourselves."โ € . โ € You can read it over on the blog and sign up to get Monday morning emails from my own personal journey of self-discovery. My attempt at turning my experiences into thought-provoking inspiration for your own life. โ € -> madevibrant.com/blogโ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #abstractaffirmationsdaily
- From today& #39;s newsletter: Knowing When To Scrap "The Plan" and Embrace the Art of Course Correction. โ € .โ € "I don& #39;t regret making The Plan -- I needed it. I needed it so that my creative spirit could rest for a while, to grow stronger again and to gain some perspective. But, now she& #39;s back. She& #39;s well-rested, dialed in, and she& #39;s ready to find the next challenge that makes her feel vibrant and alive.ย โ € It& #39;s time to write a new Plan, one that is better suited for this recharged soul. โ € That new plan is to make magic again.ย โ € To me that means writing more. Painting more. Having real conversations. Going deeper. Uncovering more. Seeking out new challenges. Sharing my daily experiences in a way that goes one step deeper.ย โ € It means re-committing to the idea that Made Vibrant as a business isn& #39;t just about teaching art, it& #39;s about BEING art. It& #39;s about using creativity to discover and RE-discover ourselves."โ € . โ € You can read it over on the blog and sign up to get Monday morning emails from my own personal journey of self-discovery. My attempt at turning my experiences into thought-provoking inspiration for your own life. โ € -> madevibrant.com/blogโ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #abstractaffirmationsdaily
- From today's newsletter: Knowing When To Scrap "The Plan" and Embrace the Art of Course Correction. โ € .โ € "I don't regret making The Plan -- I needed it. I needed it so that my creative spirit could rest for a while, to grow stronger again and to gain some perspective. But, now she's back. She's well-rested, dialed in, and she's ready to find the next challenge that makes her feel vibrant and alive.ย โ € It's time to write a new Plan, one that is better suited for this recharged soul. โ € That new plan is to make magic again.ย โ € To me that means writing more. Painting more. Having real conversations. Going deeper. Uncovering more. Seeking out new challenges. Sharing my daily experiences in a way that goes one step deeper.ย โ € It means re-committing to the idea that Made Vibrant as a business isn't just about teaching art, it's about BEING art. It's about using creativity to discover and RE-discover ourselves."โ € . โ € You can read it over on the blog and sign up to get Monday morning emails from my own personal journey of self-discovery. My attempt at turning my experiences into thought-provoking inspiration for your own life. โ € -> madevibrant.com/blogโ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #abstractaffirmationsdaily
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Embrace the evolution. โ € .โ € Basically have to remind myself of this every few months. (Hence the topic of tomorrow morning's newsletter! If you're a soulful creative and want thoughtful long-form content about personal growth and living a vibrant life, sign up using the link in my profile - just click on this image to take you to my newsletter sign up page!)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Embrace the evolution. โ € .โ € Basically have to remind myself of this every few months. (Hence the topic of tomorrow morning& #39;s newsletter! If you& #39;re a soulful creative and want thoughtful long-form content about personal growth and living a vibrant life, sign up using the link in my profile - just click on this image to take you to my newsletter sign up page!)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Embrace the evolution. โ € .โ € Basically have to remind myself of this every few months. (Hence the topic of tomorrow morning's newsletter! If you're a soulful creative and want thoughtful long-form content about personal growth and living a vibrant life, sign up using the link in my profile - just click on this image to take you to my newsletter sign up page!)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- "Choices" aka my current status. โ € ps. really trying to invest more time in illustration just to push my own boundaries (and prepare for that children's book I intend to write/illustrate one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰) Starting at the beginning of any skill is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite part -- everything is new so you're stretching and exploring and improving, but everything is new so it's humbling and doubt-inducing and uncomfortable. But hey, that's what creativity is about, my friends, right?!
- "Choices" aka my current status. โ € ps. really trying to invest more time in illustration just to push my own boundaries (and prepare for that children& #39;s book I intend to write/illustrate one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰) Starting at the beginning of any skill is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite part -- everything is new so you& #39;re stretching and exploring and improving, but everything is new so it& #39;s humbling and doubt-inducing and uncomfortable. But hey, that& #39;s what creativity is about, my friends, right?!
- "Choices" aka my current status. โ € ps. really trying to invest more time in illustration just to push my own boundaries (and prepare for that children's book I intend to write/illustrate one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰) Starting at the beginning of any skill is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite part -- everything is new so you're stretching and exploring and improving, but everything is new so it's humbling and doubt-inducing and uncomfortable. But hey, that's what creativity is about, my friends, right?!
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily You could change course so much faster if you would just let go. โ € .โ € Let go of of the time and energy you've already invested.โ € Let go of your self-criticism. โ € Let go of the plan or the future you were envisioning. โ € Let go of what you think is the 'right' thing to do. โ € . โ € Last night I was talking with friends about an inflection point I currently find myself in, and I was sharing about the fact I've been here before. Changing course or shifting directions is quite familiar to me. But no matter how many times I encounter these transition periods, every time I STILL have to learn how to take my own medicine. I STILL have to remember that if I want to make that shift and start experiencing the benefits of a more aligned path, I have to first let go of the path I was on. I have to loosen my grip, let go, and COMMIT to the new direction. โ € . โ € Maybe you too are in the midst of a transition? Take a look at what you're holding on to, what might still be weighing you down and causing you resistance as you adjust those sails. The more you can identify that and let go, the more you can embrace your newer, truer direction.โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily You could change course so much faster if you would just let go. โ € .โ € Let go of of the time and energy you& #39;ve already invested.โ € Let go of your self-criticism. โ € Let go of the plan or the future you were envisioning. โ € Let go of what you think is the & #39;right & #39; thing to do. โ € . โ € Last night I was talking with friends about an inflection point I currently find myself in, and I was sharing about the fact I& #39;ve been here before. Changing course or shifting directions is quite familiar to me. But no matter how many times I encounter these transition periods, every time I STILL have to learn how to take my own medicine. I STILL have to remember that if I want to make that shift and start experiencing the benefits of a more aligned path, I have to first let go of the path I was on. I have to loosen my grip, let go, and COMMIT to the new direction. โ € . โ € Maybe you too are in the midst of a transition? Take a look at what you& #39;re holding on to, what might still be weighing you down and causing you resistance as you adjust those sails. The more you can identify that and let go, the more you can embrace your newer, truer direction.โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily You could change course so much faster if you would just let go. โ € .โ € Let go of of the time and energy you've already invested.โ € Let go of your self-criticism. โ € Let go of the plan or the future you were envisioning. โ € Let go of what you think is the 'right' thing to do. โ € . โ € Last night I was talking with friends about an inflection point I currently find myself in, and I was sharing about the fact I've been here before. Changing course or shifting directions is quite familiar to me. But no matter how many times I encounter these transition periods, every time I STILL have to learn how to take my own medicine. I STILL have to remember that if I want to make that shift and start experiencing the benefits of a more aligned path, I have to first let go of the path I was on. I have to loosen my grip, let go, and COMMIT to the new direction. โ € . โ € Maybe you too are in the midst of a transition? Take a look at what you're holding on to, what might still be weighing you down and causing you resistance as you adjust those sails. The more you can identify that and let go, the more you can embrace your newer, truer direction.โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- Just sat down to check back in on my own personal evolution and shift my business strategy accordingly (it's a process that I believe to be CRUCIAL in living one's most vibrant life as a creative business owner) but I'll admit my head is spinning with the possibilities. I see opportunities everywhere but with no clear winner in terms of where my effort will be best spent. โ € . โ € Maybe you've experienced this feeling too? No idea which path is the BEST path, so all you end up doing is standing still, waiting for the best to reveal itself? โ € . โ € Well, I'm tired of the pain of standing still. It feels wasteful. And every moment stalling and second-guessing feels like a moment that my Doubt feeds on... and I'm not about to let that Doubt character get all big and strong. No sirree. โ € .โ € So I've given myself until tomorrow to choose my next step forward. And then I'm going to make a plan and go for it. Because either way -- whether it proves to be a fruitful move or a misstep -- at least I know I'll learn something, and at least I know I'll have taken a step forward. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart
- Just sat down to check back in on my own personal evolution and shift my business strategy accordingly (it& #39;s a process that I believe to be CRUCIAL in living one& #39;s most vibrant life as a creative business owner) but I& #39;ll admit my head is spinning with the possibilities. I see opportunities everywhere but with no clear winner in terms of where my effort will be best spent. โ € . โ € Maybe you& #39;ve experienced this feeling too? No idea which path is the BEST path, so all you end up doing is standing still, waiting for the best to reveal itself? โ € . โ € Well, I& #39;m tired of the pain of standing still. It feels wasteful. And every moment stalling and second-guessing feels like a moment that my Doubt feeds on... and I& #39;m not about to let that Doubt character get all big and strong. No sirree. โ € .โ € So I& #39;ve given myself until tomorrow to choose my next step forward. And then I& #39;m going to make a plan and go for it. Because either way -- whether it proves to be a fruitful move or a misstep -- at least I know I& #39;ll learn something, and at least I know I& #39;ll have taken a step forward. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart
- Just sat down to check back in on my own personal evolution and shift my business strategy accordingly (it's a process that I believe to be CRUCIAL in living one's most vibrant life as a creative business owner) but I'll admit my head is spinning with the possibilities. I see opportunities everywhere but with no clear winner in terms of where my effort will be best spent. โ € . โ € Maybe you've experienced this feeling too? No idea which path is the BEST path, so all you end up doing is standing still, waiting for the best to reveal itself? โ € . โ € Well, I'm tired of the pain of standing still. It feels wasteful. And every moment stalling and second-guessing feels like a moment that my Doubt feeds on... and I'm not about to let that Doubt character get all big and strong. No sirree. โ € .โ € So I've given myself until tomorrow to choose my next step forward. And then I'm going to make a plan and go for it. Because either way -- whether it proves to be a fruitful move or a misstep -- at least I know I'll learn something, and at least I know I'll have taken a step forward. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Find the root of your resistance.โ € .โ € So, today @jasondoesstuff and I did a post-BuyOurFuture, post-Honeymoon business strategy session to get back in the swing of things, and he kind of threw a curveball at me. He asked about the basic strategy I'd been operating on for the past few months and brought up an idea that would require pivoting from that plan a bit. โ € .โ € Without totally realizing it, I found myself resisting everything that he was saying in an effort to defend the path I was already on rather than entertaining even for a moment this new strategy. โ € .โ € Iโ€™ve learned to use that sudden defensiveness as a giant red flag -- a signal to bring my awareness to my resistance and question where itโ€™s coming from. โ€œWhy is this making me so heated?โ€ โ€œWhy am I digging my heels in on this?โ€ "Why can't I even explore an alternative perspective?" These are the questions I ask myself so that I can find out if my feelings are because I actually disagree or because of something else (usually fear.) โ € .โ € Being able to constantly dig deeper and ask WHY always helps me discern what fundamental values of mine are feeling threatened, and that understanding can help me see past the fog of my resistance.โ € .โ € So the next time you feel yourself objecting or defending or resisting a decision, do yourself the favor of simply asking why. It may lead to some interesting discoveries. :)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Find the root of your resistance.โ € .โ € So, today @jasondoesstuff and I did a post-BuyOurFuture, post-Honeymoon business strategy session to get back in the swing of things, and he kind of threw a curveball at me. He asked about the basic strategy I& #39;d been operating on for the past few months and brought up an idea that would require pivoting from that plan a bit. โ € .โ € Without totally realizing it, I found myself resisting everything that he was saying in an effort to defend the path I was already on rather than entertaining even for a moment this new strategy. โ € .โ € Iโ€™ve learned to use that sudden defensiveness as a giant red flag -- a signal to bring my awareness to my resistance and question where itโ€™s coming from. โ€œWhy is this making me so heated?โ€ โ€œWhy am I digging my heels in on this?โ€ "Why can& #39;t I even explore an alternative perspective?" These are the questions I ask myself so that I can find out if my feelings are because I actually disagree or because of something else (usually fear.) โ € .โ € Being able to constantly dig deeper and ask WHY always helps me discern what fundamental values of mine are feeling threatened, and that understanding can help me see past the fog of my resistance.โ € .โ € So the next time you feel yourself objecting or defending or resisting a decision, do yourself the favor of simply asking why. It may lead to some interesting discoveries. :)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Find the root of your resistance.โ € .โ € So, today @jasondoesstuff and I did a post-BuyOurFuture, post-Honeymoon business strategy session to get back in the swing of things, and he kind of threw a curveball at me. He asked about the basic strategy I'd been operating on for the past few months and brought up an idea that would require pivoting from that plan a bit. โ € .โ € Without totally realizing it, I found myself resisting everything that he was saying in an effort to defend the path I was already on rather than entertaining even for a moment this new strategy. โ € .โ € Iโ€™ve learned to use that sudden defensiveness as a giant red flag -- a signal to bring my awareness to my resistance and question where itโ€™s coming from. โ€œWhy is this making me so heated?โ€ โ€œWhy am I digging my heels in on this?โ€ "Why can't I even explore an alternative perspective?" These are the questions I ask myself so that I can find out if my feelings are because I actually disagree or because of something else (usually fear.) โ € .โ € Being able to constantly dig deeper and ask WHY always helps me discern what fundamental values of mine are feeling threatened, and that understanding can help me see past the fog of my resistance.โ € .โ € So the next time you feel yourself objecting or defending or resisting a decision, do yourself the favor of simply asking why. It may lead to some interesting discoveries. :)โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Begin again. โ € . โ € One of the major revelations I had on our trip was just how much I missed last year's Abstract Affirmations project. I don't miss the pressure of completing an abstract art piece every single day, but I DO miss the creative challenge and making art a priority every day. โ € .โ € With the benefit of time and space to reflect on the whole project, I can see now that it turned into a means of daily meditation for me. It was my way of asking the world what lessons it had to offer me, and then sharing those with others. Without setting aside that time in a formal way, I've found myself feeling less and less inspired. โ € . โ € So, I simply decided to begin again. Not the project in the formal sense, but just trying to make daily art a priority again. No pressure this time -- just a personal intention. โ € .โ € We all go through phases and seasons. We start things, we quit others. This is the flow of things. But don't forget that there isn't an expiration date on your creativity. You get to decide to begin again whenever you like. The train may have left the station, but by golly YOU get to say when that train pulls right back in. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Begin again. โ € . โ € One of the major revelations I had on our trip was just how much I missed last year& #39;s Abstract Affirmations project. I don& #39;t miss the pressure of completing an abstract art piece every single day, but I DO miss the creative challenge and making art a priority every day. โ € .โ € With the benefit of time and space to reflect on the whole project, I can see now that it turned into a means of daily meditation for me. It was my way of asking the world what lessons it had to offer me, and then sharing those with others. Without setting aside that time in a formal way, I& #39;ve found myself feeling less and less inspired. โ € . โ € So, I simply decided to begin again. Not the project in the formal sense, but just trying to make daily art a priority again. No pressure this time -- just a personal intention. โ € .โ € We all go through phases and seasons. We start things, we quit others. This is the flow of things. But don& #39;t forget that there isn& #39;t an expiration date on your creativity. You get to decide to begin again whenever you like. The train may have left the station, but by golly YOU get to say when that train pulls right back in. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Begin again. โ € . โ € One of the major revelations I had on our trip was just how much I missed last year's Abstract Affirmations project. I don't miss the pressure of completing an abstract art piece every single day, but I DO miss the creative challenge and making art a priority every day. โ € .โ € With the benefit of time and space to reflect on the whole project, I can see now that it turned into a means of daily meditation for me. It was my way of asking the world what lessons it had to offer me, and then sharing those with others. Without setting aside that time in a formal way, I've found myself feeling less and less inspired. โ € . โ € So, I simply decided to begin again. Not the project in the formal sense, but just trying to make daily art a priority again. No pressure this time -- just a personal intention. โ € .โ € We all go through phases and seasons. We start things, we quit others. This is the flow of things. But don't forget that there isn't an expiration date on your creativity. You get to decide to begin again whenever you like. The train may have left the station, but by golly YOU get to say when that train pulls right back in. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- Going through our trip photos and Ortigia Island near Siracusa in Sicilia has to be one of my new favorite places on earth. Quaint and vibrant at once, kind people, salt in the air -- the whole place was magic. This is an illustration from the "beach" which was just a sort of sandy/rocky area next to the city wall overlooking the deep aqua water. Islanders and tourists alike were sunning, picnicking and taking in the gorgeous weather while we were there. A memory I won't soon forget. โ € #travelmadevibrant #wanderingaimfully #traveljournal
- Going through our trip photos and Ortigia Island near Siracusa in Sicilia has to be one of my new favorite places on earth. Quaint and vibrant at once, kind people, salt in the air -- the whole place was magic. This is an illustration from the "beach" which was just a sort of sandy/rocky area next to the city wall overlooking the deep aqua water. Islanders and tourists alike were sunning, picnicking and taking in the gorgeous weather while we were there. A memory I won& #39;t soon forget. โ € #travelmadevibrant #wanderingaimfully #traveljournal
- Going through our trip photos and Ortigia Island near Siracusa in Sicilia has to be one of my new favorite places on earth. Quaint and vibrant at once, kind people, salt in the air -- the whole place was magic. This is an illustration from the "beach" which was just a sort of sandy/rocky area next to the city wall overlooking the deep aqua water. Islanders and tourists alike were sunning, picnicking and taking in the gorgeous weather while we were there. A memory I won't soon forget. โ € #travelmadevibrant #wanderingaimfully #traveljournal
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Zoom out the lens. โ € . โ € Tomorrow's newsletter is about the main lessons and reflections that came up for me during our two-week stint in Italy, and this one is certainly one of those big takeaways that I needed as a reminder.โ € .โ € Experiencing a different culture and stepping beyond the boundaries of the US for the first time made me realize just how limited my worldview -- and, really -- my entire perception has been all my life. (This, by the way, is not something I think anyone should feel bad about -- every one of us can only see what we can see!) โ € .โ € But it WAS a powerful reminder to me about challenging the boundaries of our perceptions -- not just geographically but intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It made me wonder how many aspects of our lives have a bigger, greater picture that we can't see because we're so narrowly focused. How many puzzles can we not complete because we're only holding one or two pieces? โ € . โ € Zooming out the lens and considering what's beyond the frame is a great way to expand our understanding, gain greater context, and, ultimately, operate our lives with a fuller, richer perception. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Zoom out the lens. โ € . โ € Tomorrow& #39;s newsletter is about the main lessons and reflections that came up for me during our two-week stint in Italy, and this one is certainly one of those big takeaways that I needed as a reminder.โ € .โ € Experiencing a different culture and stepping beyond the boundaries of the US for the first time made me realize just how limited my worldview -- and, really -- my entire perception has been all my life. (This, by the way, is not something I think anyone should feel bad about -- every one of us can only see what we can see!) โ € .โ € But it WAS a powerful reminder to me about challenging the boundaries of our perceptions -- not just geographically but intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It made me wonder how many aspects of our lives have a bigger, greater picture that we can& #39;t see because we& #39;re so narrowly focused. How many puzzles can we not complete because we& #39;re only holding one or two pieces? โ € . โ € Zooming out the lens and considering what& #39;s beyond the frame is a great way to expand our understanding, gain greater context, and, ultimately, operate our lives with a fuller, richer perception. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- #AbstractAffirmationsDaily / Zoom out the lens. โ € . โ € Tomorrow's newsletter is about the main lessons and reflections that came up for me during our two-week stint in Italy, and this one is certainly one of those big takeaways that I needed as a reminder.โ € .โ € Experiencing a different culture and stepping beyond the boundaries of the US for the first time made me realize just how limited my worldview -- and, really -- my entire perception has been all my life. (This, by the way, is not something I think anyone should feel bad about -- every one of us can only see what we can see!) โ € .โ € But it WAS a powerful reminder to me about challenging the boundaries of our perceptions -- not just geographically but intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It made me wonder how many aspects of our lives have a bigger, greater picture that we can't see because we're so narrowly focused. How many puzzles can we not complete because we're only holding one or two pieces? โ € . โ € Zooming out the lens and considering what's beyond the frame is a great way to expand our understanding, gain greater context, and, ultimately, operate our lives with a fuller, richer perception. โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € .โ € #abstractaffirmationsdaily #handlettering #lettering #digitalart #handletteredart #abstractart #thehappynow #digitalart #choosemust #liveyourtruth #risingtidesociety #dreamersanddoers #peoplescreative #makersmovement #liveauthentic #bloomyellow #makersgonnamake #madetomatter #creativelife #bigmagic #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #theimperfectboss #soulfulcreative #lovewarrior #soulshare
- Easing back into life after making it home late last night. So far, the biggest takeaway from the experience of traveling abroad in general for me is this: There is beauty and confidence to be found in embracing the uncomfortable. . Yesterday, before hopping on our first return flight in Milan, I confidently marched up to a crowded Italian lunch counter to order my last glass of โ€œvino biancoโ€ and โ€œuna pizzetta.โ€ It was busy and chaotic and loud, but there I stood in the midst of it all with my ticket in hand, waiting for my order to be served. I thought back to two weeks prior when this whole scenario seemed terrifyingly overwhelming โ€” everyone speaking about three times faster than my limited Italian language vocabulary could comprehend, finding myself wondering how to pay, where to stand, what the correct custom was in every coffee shop and restaurant we entered. But, with experience (and lots of trial and error), by our second week I felt less terrified with each new encounter. I came to cherish those tiny interactions with locals or waiters, asking VERY simple questions to practice my Italian and doing my best to observe the particular workings of each city we visited. . It can be disorienting and intimidating to visit a new world where you donโ€™t speak the language (and Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s exponentially greater in a land of more distant culture to the US than Italy) but the self-assurance garnered from navigating those uncomfortable situations is so valuable. . It may have taken me 28 years to finally get to Europe, but I know it certainly wonโ€™t be that long before I get outside my bubble again and challenge my own comfort zones. It provides an entirely new context for my life and the culture I was raised in, and Iโ€™m so grateful for that. . The truth is though, we donโ€™t have to spend two weeks in Italy to embrace the uncomfortable. We can remember the simple fact that things are often scarier before we experience them. With experience comes confidence, and with discomfort often comes growth. Ps. Picked up this little clever trick from the creative folks at @britandco ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
- Easing back into life after making it home late last night. So far, the biggest takeaway from the experience of traveling abroad in general for me is this: There is beauty and confidence to be found in embracing the uncomfortable. . Yesterday, before hopping on our first return flight in Milan, I confidently marched up to a crowded Italian lunch counter to order my last glass of โ€œvino biancoโ€ and โ€œuna pizzetta.โ€ It was busy and chaotic and loud, but there I stood in the midst of it all with my ticket in hand, waiting for my order to be served. I thought back to two weeks prior when this whole scenario seemed terrifyingly overwhelming โ€” everyone speaking about three times faster than my limited Italian language vocabulary could comprehend, finding myself wondering how to pay, where to stand, what the correct custom was in every coffee shop and restaurant we entered. But, with experience (and lots of trial and error), by our second week I felt less terrified with each new encounter. I came to cherish those tiny interactions with locals or waiters, asking VERY simple questions to practice my Italian and doing my best to observe the particular workings of each city we visited. . It can be disorienting and intimidating to visit a new world where you donโ€™t speak the language (and Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s exponentially greater in a land of more distant culture to the US than Italy) but the self-assurance garnered from navigating those uncomfortable situations is so valuable. . It may have taken me 28 years to finally get to Europe, but I know it certainly wonโ€™t be that long before I get outside my bubble again and challenge my own comfort zones. It provides an entirely new context for my life and the culture I was raised in, and Iโ€™m so grateful for that. . The truth is though, we donโ€™t have to spend two weeks in Italy to embrace the uncomfortable. We can remember the simple fact that things are often scarier before we experience them. With experience comes confidence, and with discomfort often comes growth. Ps. Picked up this little clever trick from the creative folks at @britandco ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
- Easing back into life after making it home late last night. So far, the biggest takeaway from the experience of traveling abroad in general for me is this: There is beauty and confidence to be found in embracing the uncomfortable. . Yesterday, before hopping on our first return flight in Milan, I confidently marched up to a crowded Italian lunch counter to order my last glass of โ€œvino biancoโ€ and โ€œuna pizzetta.โ€ It was busy and chaotic and loud, but there I stood in the midst of it all with my ticket in hand, waiting for my order to be served. I thought back to two weeks prior when this whole scenario seemed terrifyingly overwhelming โ€” everyone speaking about three times faster than my limited Italian language vocabulary could comprehend, finding myself wondering how to pay, where to stand, what the correct custom was in every coffee shop and restaurant we entered. But, with experience (and lots of trial and error), by our second week I felt less terrified with each new encounter. I came to cherish those tiny interactions with locals or waiters, asking VERY simple questions to practice my Italian and doing my best to observe the particular workings of each city we visited. . It can be disorienting and intimidating to visit a new world where you donโ€™t speak the language (and Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s exponentially greater in a land of more distant culture to the US than Italy) but the self-assurance garnered from navigating those uncomfortable situations is so valuable. . It may have taken me 28 years to finally get to Europe, but I know it certainly wonโ€™t be that long before I get outside my bubble again and challenge my own comfort zones. It provides an entirely new context for my life and the culture I was raised in, and Iโ€™m so grateful for that. . The truth is though, we donโ€™t have to spend two weeks in Italy to embrace the uncomfortable. We can remember the simple fact that things are often scarier before we experience them. With experience comes confidence, and with discomfort often comes growth. Ps. Picked up this little clever trick from the creative folks at @britandco ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

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