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.