why dream ordinary?

why dream ordinary?

{photo by cloud9 design photography}

This photo is a great reminder to believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams.

Stop telling yourself all the reasons you can’t.

Tell yourself all the reasons YOU CAN.

Let go of old beliefs. Other people’s ideas. Listen to that still, small voice inside.

The voice that is guiding you. Leading you.

Believe in yourself dear one.

You are enough.

*Tell me in the comments what dream is calling to you?

What is that whisper in your heart?

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{do what you love — kelly rae roberts : flying lessons}

“What You’re Doing Matters” – 8×10 print – Kelly Rae Roberts

Kelly Rae Roberts is a huge mentor to me. She has inspired me so much and I feel she is a kindred soul sister.

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If you have ever wanted to start an art or creative business , Kelly Rae has all the answers to your creative-entrepreneur questions.

Here’s what Kelly Rae has to say on her blog about the questions she gets asked everyday by artists like you, and me, who want to make a living making art.

Everyday, I receive emails from creative souls asking for my advice. They want to know how, in a span of just a couple of years, I built an online presence and successful online shop, wrote a best selling book, got published in several magazines, and launched successful gift collections (via licensing deals) that are sold in stores nationwide.

They ask advice on how to sell original paintings, how to have an effective online presence, how to create and package prints/jewelry/originals, how to create a website and community. They ask about licensing, money, publishing, press, and social networking. They ask me how on earth I manage my time, how I face my fears, how I stay organized.

I know exactly where they’re coming from. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sending similar emails out to artists I admired, people who seemed to have booming creative businesses. Some would answer me, but most didn’t. Now that I’m crazy busy over here and on the other end of that email exchange, I get it. I’m sure some didn’t respond because they were simply too busy to give advice to a complete stranger and I’m sure some didn’t respond because they wanted to protect their hard earned information.

For me, it hasn’t been a matter of not wanting to share what I know, it’s been a matter of time and the value of that time. In the end, I deeply believe in finding a way to share our stories, our resources, and how we’ve made it to where we are now.

After months of writing and thinking about how I could best share everything I know (and finally answer, in detail, the questions that come my way) I came up with something that I think is pretty darned special: a series of four e-books called Flying Lessons: Tips + Tricks To Help Your Creative Business Soar.

Flying Lessons: The Whole Shabang

In this e-book, you get it all! It’s parts 1, 2, + 3 combined into one big e-book. It includes everything you ever wanted to know about creating an online presences (blogs, websites, social networking), marketing, licensing, getting press/published, selling online + offline, time management, actualizing goals, copyright, building community, facing fears, burnout, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked), interviews with successful artists, and SO MUCH MORE!

Now Is The Time To Follow Your Heart’s Deepest Desire

You should get The Whole Shabang, which is the complete set of her ebooks!

{birds of a feather…hope is the thing with feathers}

{birds of a feather...hope is the thing with feathers}

So I was feeling very inspired by the lovely etsy shops luminology & unitedthread on etsy today. And they were both Etsy Featured Sellers whose interviews really spoke to my heart and soul.

I wanted to say with much gratitude, thank you again for speaking truth and encouragement into my heart. I am proud to belong to such a kind and loving community or artists who encourage, inspire, build up, and help each other. So I curated a treasury of some really talented artists on etsy. I love the neutral palatte and how it speaks of hazy skies, and pillowsoft feathers, wings in flight, and feeling connected by being encouragedto follow your bliss, spread your wings and fly! 😉 Which, is my wish and hope for you today.

Please go click the links of all of these lovely shops on my treasury ~ {birds of a feather…hope is the thing with feathers} and show them some love! 🙂 Oh and feel free to tweet the treasury too or FB it! Thank you! Let’s spread the love!!

 

{don’t give up}

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

~ Galatians 6:9

Do not give up.  You reap what you sow. Your great reward is coming soon. Have faith. God is in control. 🙂

{praise you in this storm}

{photo found via flickr by ipraythereforeiam}

This painting I found on flickr really portrays the emotion in the Casting Crowns song, “Praise You In This Storm”.

See the video here.

Casting Crowns \ Praise You In This Storm

I was sure by now
God you would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will life my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

{faith fuel}

faithfuel_nivFaith Fuel
-Romans 10:17

We need to have faith in God to get us down the highway of life, to the destination that God has planned for us. The Word of God is the fuel that keeps our faith moving along.

Michael D. Waters

JoyfulToons.com

{rejoice}

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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

Philippians 4:4

joy

{photography by my talented friend, Jennifer Glynn of: http://jenlynnphotography.squarespace.com/

{Studio Spaces: Heather Bailey}

This drool-worthy studio was found on Heather Bailey’s blog….

simply stunning….

http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2007/02/the_studio.html


{Inspiration Monday: Did you do something creative today?}

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Questions to ponder:

Did you do something creative today? What was it? What was it that made you get creative? Something you did? Some place you went? Something you saw? Please give as much detail as possible when answering with your comments.

Hopefully this topic can spark some new ideas for being creative & be a launching pad for us all to find & share some resources (books, websites, activities, ideas, etc…) that really seem to get the creative juices flowing….

So, what did you do today that was creative, and what was your source of inspiration? Or your muse?

I’ll go first: {mine for today was watching my son play at the park in the sunshine…He always inspires me. His innocence. His happiness. His smile. It’s amazing to get to see the world all over again through his eyes.}

Here’s a resource, too: I have a book called the Creativity Workbook: Helping You Connect with Your Creative Self that has some really great ideas.

They separate the 5 senses:  SIGHT, SMELL, TOUCH, TASTE, & HEARING into categories, and there are little exercises that ask questionsthat help you tap into that inner creative just waiting to be roused from slumber…

Here’s a sample:

“Choose an object, a view, or even a person you see everyday. Study your subject, looking closely for details that you may not have consciously noticed before. Simply enjoy looking for as long as you like. Write your impressions – key words, phrases, random thoughts – while looking at your subject.

Sketch your subject.

What about this subject is appealing – why did you choose it?

Imagine your subject in new settings. How would this change your view of it?”