I realize so often I am looking forward in my life and more specifically my business… at the endless “to do” list…and it occurred to me last week I need to look back over the year at my accomplishments and give thanks for having the health, creativity and support to do what I do…When I say my accomplishments I must exclaim in the business of 3 Hip Chics I could never do what I do without my partner, Lora. We work really well together and in the gratitude list…wow…she is at the top…she is such a friend to my mom who has Alzheimer’s and Lora even makes that journey rich…Because Lora has taken on all the wholesale production work this year it freed me up to make more original art and to focus on the whole “e” world.
I sent my first submission to Somerset Studio this year and was published…big big smile…This year I have had four articles and artwork accepted…the above on newsstands today…two will be published in 2011. I love the craft of writing almost as much as making art so this accomplishment has been so fulfilling…I have combed the pages of Stampington publications for ten years with excitement and awe…as I’m typing this I’m realizing my biggest accomplishment this year…I have found “my art”…people laugh at me when I say this because I’ve had a successful art business for over 25 years…but something is different…and I know how it happened….it happened when I took the submission suggestion of “vogue” for the July Somerset issue…by taking a prompt that wasn’t from my brain…it took me to a different place…I should have known this would happen…I wrote with a group of awesome women for years and I would make up prompts for us to write from…and all of our writings were so rich, fresh and original.
Of all the achievements in 2010…two blogs…three facebook pages…constant contact…newsletters…mailing lists…talking with licensing consultant… five new lines of work… taking a prompt and running with it has so much to do with the momentum that is happening now…that and the constant attempt to get more organized…so join me in a creative challenge if you would like… http://getridofa1000thingschallenge.blogspot.com/
My hypothesis is when we lighten our load it frees up more space for creativity…looking forward to what that will bring in 2011…many blessings to all of you in this new year…may your wildest longings be recognized and fulfilled…
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