As the holidays loom around the corner and we settle in by the fire preparing to get snowed in for the next few months, I find myself reflecting on the past year. What a whirlwind of a year it has been!
Had someone told me last February that I’ll be where I am now in just a few short months, I NEVER would have believed them. Never; although, I would have secretly thought that it’s pretty cool. This INCLUDES the 3 5ks and 10k I ran this year!
How did I get here? I must say, it’s been a very serendipitous/leaps of faith kind of year.
It started with a wonderful friend from my childhood calling me and saying that I NEEDED to be at an upcoming Art Showcase. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that people would actually want to see, or even buy my work. After all, I am just learning (I still hardly know many art supplies) and I’m not an artist. I have no training and I’m just playing around in order to release stress through a creative outlet. BUT, she insisted and I took the leap. I did whatever she told me I needed to do, and she helped me through it all, including questions like “What kind of artist am I?”, and figuring out how to hang my art in a way that looked like I knew what I was doing. I worked by BUTT off for this Showcase!
Then the most AMAZING thing happened. People LOVED my work! They asked questions about my art, they wanted to learn about me, and they BOUGHT things! Original artwork as well as prints (which was a whole other learning curve in itself!). I finally felt like this was something worth pursuing.
The next few months unfolded in a various similar serendipitous way. I’d mention something to someone and the next thing I knew, it was a reality. Like getting some of my items in local shops. I’d be thinking about learning a certain thing in my artwork and it would appear the same day in one of my art classes. I’d read an email from an organization that I never normally read and the next thing I know, I’m selected for an upcoming art show! I feel like things have been laid in my path these last few months and I’ve been very open to finding those messages and following through.
A perfect example was just a couple hours ago. I know of a couple shops that would be willing to carry holiday cards if I had them, and I would like to get them in my etsy shop before it’s too late but I’ve felt blocked and I have so many other things on my plate. I started to get a little down on myself, and at a conference I’m working at today, a very elderly gentleman (retired foreign language teacher I’m assuming) came up to me and said “Do you know where I could find Holiday cards in French?”. YES! In French! Why didn’t I think of that?!?! And I didn’t see that gentleman again for the rest of the day. Thank you, Universe. I heard you and I will follow.
Two or three weeks ago, I revealed my Heart Strings line. I had been dreaming up the calendar for a few months and finally started putting it together.
Various signs were put in my path in the planning of that calendar that lead to fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, prints, tattoos, scarves, coasters, mugs, iphone cases, ipad cases, etc… Before I even realized it, I had an ENTIRE LINE of products! WHOA!!!!!! At the Art Showcase where I unveiled my line, my artist friend I mentioned earlier came and said “Now you need to make a birthday calendar”. Hmmm… A birthday calendar? I wasn’t really sure. I thought maybe I could make it a download or something like that, but hadn’t given much thought to it. A week later I was unpacking books in our new house and came across my deceased grandmother’s birthday calendar, in the form of a little bitty book. Inside was my birthday, right there under February 16th, along with a lot of friends and relatives, many of whom are deceased. And I thought, “Ok, I hear you Grandma. A birthday calendar it is.”
THAT, and so many more instances like that is what lead me to where I am today, and this INCLUDES finding my current yoga/meditation teacher, Reiki training, flower essences, aromatherapy, etc… All individual instances that lead to very big things for 2014 and even bigger things for 2015. I can’t wait.
Dear Universe, I AM LISTENING!!!