My Own Story


It’s a new year and I am telling my own story. Exciting and YIKES at the same time. I just took a deep breath and went for it. I cracked myself up at the end when I thought I had covered everything-hello!!-not everything but I wanted to tell you about  my creative journey and how it mingled with my personal life. I also wanted to share the ways that I have monetized at Smart Creative Women.  Some of it is old art royalties, some of it has been affiliate marketing (last year I really believed in Tara Mohr’s program so I was an affiliate for her.) Mostly it has been through teaching and coaching and recently I have started  organically freelancing again. I say  that because I have not been marketing my art. It has been good for me to see how that works into my other commitments (it has) and to see how it felt (it felt pretty good.)

My motivation was to explain to you that my story has not always been a bed of roses-upbeat-you can do it-cheer you up-story. I think I wanted to share WHY I can be upbeat. I want to share that managing your thought life and the continuing conversation that goes on in the silence of your mind is a really big deal. After watching the video back, I may have not have expressed the dramatically bad words going on in my mind when I was getting a divorce  or the lonely  and financially fragile times when I was a single mother. I also didn’t talk about the deep contentment of setting the tone in my own home (one of peace and joy.) I didn’t express how truly scared I got when I was sick and couldn’t get a correct diagnosis. I do talk about how God brought me through the darkness but I did not mention all the truly beautiful friends and family (and my beloved husband-you do get second chances) that held me together.

That may be what drives me now, I want you to be able to express yourself as a creative woman and I want you to be able to earn money because I know earning a living makes a difference. I know I want you to be smart in all your choices, contracts and life decisions and I want you to see that even if you feel like you have made mistakes along the way, that they may  not be “mistakes” at all. All the steps in your journey do have meaning, it is up to you as to what to do with all the things you have learned.

  • I LOVED this video Monica! I loved hearing your story and learning how your ups and downs have shaped you and your business as it is today. I totally believe that all the steps in our journeys have great meaning. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carin, I always feel s such support from you, thank you so much!!

  • vanachupp

    Oh Monica! I am so happy you shared your story. For some reason I felt like I have known you for a long time – may be because we have discussed this in person. I love you friend and I know you’re into amazing things! This is your year!

    • Yeah!!! It is going to be a good good year, I feeeel it! I am so glad I have gotten to know you to!

  • Michelle Schneider

    Thanks for sharing your story Monica! Your faith is so inspirational and you’ve really overcome so many obstacles- all with a positive outlook. I can’t wait for the course! I totally agree in that I often hear commands to be original and authentic, but it just takes so much intentionality to really find your own voice in life and especially through art. But I’m so excited for you and your business and hope to ride along with you on your journey!

    • Thanks so much for all your sweet words! I can’t wait to get to know you better in the course too!

  • Phyllis Harris

    Oh Monica…I LOVED this! It was so wonderful to finally hear YOUR
    journey!! You are an inspiration to so many. Wishing you the absolute BEST in 2014!! 🙂

  • Bethania Lima

    I simply adore your authenticity, Monica. And I had learned a few things in between. Thank you. 🙂

  • deanna

    Thanks for being so brave, Monica–life gets more complicated and less easy as you get older yet my creative dreams renew themselves constantly! It’s so good to hear about other women’s struggles and triumphs and experiences as they walk this same path, so…thanks for all of the videos 🙂

    • Deanna, life does get complicated (although sometimes I have been known to complicate it myself, haha!) Yeah for renewed dreams!

  • Carrie

    Monica, thank you so much for sharing your story! I could relate to so much of what you said, including the divorce heartache and illness frustrations. Sometimes those who have been thru the greatest hardships shine even brighter! Keep shining! Best wishes to you. XO, Carrie Schmitt

    • Thank you, Carrie. I guess losing your light for a bit does make you want the shine brighter-thanks for putting it that way!

  • HilaryRWalker

    Thank you so much, Monica, for sharing the darker sides of your story along with the lighter, prettier sides. I’m sure that had to make you a little nervous at first! But we’ve all been through difficult times and it’s comforting to see how someone else has been through something similar but come out of it victorious! Thank you.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story and opening up yourself to us. It was so brave and struck a chord with me as I’m sure it did with many others. *Hugs- Thank you!!! I have been listening to you and your interviews for quite awhile now. It has carried me through the start of my own art business and has really inspired me to grow and develop in my work and myself. You are a gem- keep up the wonderful work! I look forward to following you into 2014!

    • Thank you so much Dawn, I am so glad it struck a chord with you AND I am really happy that the site has inspired you WOOT! That means a lot!

  • Stacy Peterson

    Thank you for sharing your story. What an incredible journey from a brave soul!

  • Melissa AuClair

    Monica, thank you for sharing. Your story is amazing- thank you for being so authentic. Can’t wait to see where you go in 2014! And thanks for identifying how important our self-talk is- I needed that reminder!

  • Megan

    I loved hearing your story!! Hearing you being so real and authentic and just putting everything out there makes me want to find more ways to do that myself in my own work and my own blog. I think of all the interviews I’ve seen on your site, this one’s the best! Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you Megan! This is the best!? Wow! What a compliment!

  • Lisa Blade

    Monica! Always love when you stop by and share your bright light! What a wonderful gift you are, so many parallel experiences you bring compassion and understanding to in this pc. Your course made my work brighter, more focused and confident. Always an ace to have an intelligent woman in your corner, I am so thankful for your whole, imperfectly perfect self. ~Lis

    • Thank you so so much for the kind words, Lisa! They really touched my heart today!

  • Janear

    Thank you for sharing your journey and faith with us! I appreciate your candidness with your own interview and getting the info we really want to hear from other guests. I wish you much success and financial reward for your good work!!!

  • This was so cool! I love that you talked about how the arrow being pulled back in your life shot you fwd. It reminds me of a tough last year and really inspired me:)