Thinky thoughts and… a giveaway!

In the last week my life has pretty much narrowed itself down to this crazy tunnel vision – I’ve been making stuff for my Etsy shop, learning about running a business, doing stuff for the business, fighting with Excel for the business… forgetting to eat because I’m working for the business…

I finally understand why all my self-employed friends talk about 15-16 hour workdays. Why my artist friends who do art for a living often talk about not being able to get off the computer and into the studio to actually, ya know, make art. Why they all say “pick one day to read blogs,” because there aren’t enough days in the week for everything you want to see, read and do.

It’s kind of great. I mean, not the stuck on the computer part and not the sleep deprivation, and definitely not falling behind on what my friends are doing, but the fact that I’m doing all of that hard work for myself (and not for some random person cutting me a paycheck) is great.

rose quartz and peridot drops

Not that there’s a paycheck, at least not yet. But, I have faith that part will manifest too. There are cats, you know, and they depend on me for kibble.

When you start something like this, a business or maybe you have a baby, or you go back to school or whatever, people caution you. “It’s hard,” they say. “It’s so hard.” And you wave your hand and go “yeah, yeah, I know it’s hard,” and you think you do… but you really don’t. No book, no website, nothing can really bring that reality home like just doing it can.

I know that it’s just started. There is so much more ahead. So many challenges and hurdles to leap. So many pretty things to make and so much to learn!

garnet and pearl drops with tourmaline

I can’t wait.

I’m so glad I took the leap. So grateful for the support and faith that’s made the leap possible. You know what’s exciting? I am meeting so many women who are taking a similar leap, who are out there living their creative dreams. Every day I am given the opportunity to share information, pass along websites or helpful tools, and every day that shiny little purpose that I hold so dear to my heart – to enable people to say YES to living creatively and do what they want to do – is fulfilled a little bit more. I’m so grateful for that too.

I wanted to say a little thank you, here on the blog, for all the support and goodness that y’all have offered through this process.

To that end, I am giving away a piece of original mandala art of a sort of inspirational bent. Neocolors, pitt marker, and gel pen on schmancy watercolor paper (I could tell you what kind but honestly y’all, I am down with the most miserable head cold and the studio is a good 20 feet away and I just… I have floppy dinosaur arms, okay? It’s schmancy and French and papery, take my word for it) ready to be matted and framed.

mandala for giveaway

I am also giving away this gorgeous pair of garnet and pearl earrings, on handmade sterling earwires.

garnet teardrops and pearls

You know you want them…

Two lucky winners, two heartfelt thank yous.

mandala and earrings - giveaway

YOU: leave me a comment on this post, and tell me about a brave and mighty, big damn courageous leap you have taken. Could be lately, in the past, whenever. Inspire us with tales of your awesomeness, shine your light out a little bit for everyone to marvel at. Because you are, you know. Truly marvelous!

I: select the winners randomly and announce them on March 1!

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About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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23 Responses to Thinky thoughts and… a giveaway!

  1. Shawna J. says:

    I performed in a premiere sing-through of a new science fiction musical! I’d never done anything like that before! We did not have adequate rehearsal time, but given that, we shone brightly! It was scary and wonderful and I want to do it again.

  2. Actually the most courageous thing I did won’t look like it. In fact, it’ll look like one of the weaker things I did.

    I’ve done things that did take courage and look like it: joined a group marriage and moved 500 miles from my 14th generation family seat, left a good job to start a business (three years into it now, and doing better than I ever did. Can’t wait to hear the same story from you, Rainy), oh, I’m GREAT at biting off more than I can chew and trying to make it work. Sometimes it even does.

    The most courageous thing I ever did was flat out refuse to put a nice face on something and be a good little hostess when I was being mistreated by a family member. I had the courage, just once, when it really counted, not to be on my dignity in front of non-family. It looked like I’d wimped out and freaked out. But it was what I needed to do for my own mental health and sense of self.

  3. Melissa says:

    I am so thrilled for you, for taking this leap! It won’t be easy, but I can see it being wonderful for you.

    Courageous leap? Moving out to California from NY, by myself, at 22. In hot pursuit of a PhD, no less. I wanted to be a Real Scientist. When the apps and interviews were done, I was on my way to California. I got through the first month essentially on excitement and that particular hubris that only early 20-somethings have. The hubris that makes you think you can succeed at anything, anywhere. And then I got very very homesick and my grand opportunity became the hardest thing I have ever done.

    But I would do it again. Even knowing that it didn’t quite work out (turns out I don’t really like doing Real Science), it was worth the experience of following that dream, taking that leap.

  4. Delia says:

    I wake-up and I make-it-up everyday 🙂

    I think the truest act of bravery/courage/hubris/chutzpah – the biggest leap into the unknown – as well as the scariest thing I’ve done or anyone else will ever do, is being who we want to be, instead of who we think we are spose to be 🙂

    I am a winner because I get to watch and share this journey . . . thanks for creating a space to share 🙂

  5. mstori says:

    I fell in love. That was my biggest leap. I guess some folks do it often or easily, but not me.

    It was worth it. It IS worth it.

  6. JenK says:

    Congratulations!

    I think the bravest thing I did was to ask about transferring from tech support into testing. At the time I felt like if they wanted me they’d ask – what I discovered AFTER asking was that to appease the perception that all the good tech support were getting “poached” by internal groups, they couldn’t ask me. I HAD to ask them. I did. 😉

  7. merchimerch says:

    Probably staying in UZ after the state department had evacuated all non vital personnel is the most daring feat that I’ve done, or at least seemed the most brave in terms of facing danger head on.

    Somehow the everyday grind and commitment of writing a dissertation (and now a book) feels more weighty and takes more courage. I guess it’s just a different kind of daring do.

    I dunno, choosing love on a daily basis, in the face of all this suffering, stress, and sadness. That’s brave (and I don’t always pull it off).

    Staying committed to my hopes and plans to have children in spite of loss, that’s right up there these days as well.

  8. theresa says:

    In 2005 I left my husband of 7 years; we had been together for 11. He was a depressed alcoholic, I was miserable, and our fights over starting a family went from civil to violent. After 11 years he finally told me he never wanted children. He grew more unstable and abusive, so I left. I left Humboldt County and all of my friends at 35 and moved in with my parents– in Arkansas. I don’t know if leaving was the biggest step though– that had been in the back of my mind for awhile. The hardest part was letting go of old slights and pain, and not giving up on love.

    I met my current husband just a few months after leaving my first. He is my polar opposite politically, and sometimes emotionally, but he is my rock. I decided to leap, to fall in love again, to not fear marriage. I started a family at age 36, an age when many women give up. I now have two beautiful, imaginative boys, and I’m so glad I believed I was worth more than the misery I was sunk in for so long.

  9. Beth says:

    Oh, my, those are just lovely. And the stories in the comments – wow. I’m trying to think of a big leap I’ve made, and I’m coming up empty-handed. Maybe it was when I was fresh out of college and moved to Chicago with no job on the horizon, because I had always wanted to live in Chicago. I was only there for a year before leaving for grad school, after which I moved from Illinois to Los Angeles – a city I’d visited exactly twice in my life – maybe that was the leap? Or maybe it was when my spouse and I decided to have a baby?

    I think maybe there’s still a leap in my future, but I’m not sure what it is yet.

  10. Sarah says:

    I’ve made a bunch in the past.. but right now, I’m preparing to make another, a leap into a new and interesting family relationship and living arrangement with some of my dearest friends, and getting to be around their wonderful daughters all the time. I’m scared as anything, but can clearly see that this IS the path right now.

  11. heather says:

    Tried again, broken shattered heart and all….

    And have a beautiful Thing Two to show for it.

  12. almost 5 yrs. ago I took a leap of faith and hired some friends to help me build a website for my jewelry business…………we worked together and designed a logo and website that to this day I still love:) It’s been a wonderful journey and continues to be so! Following your heart and your dream isn’t always easy but is certainly rewarding. There’s nothing better at the end of the day than to know that I’ve been authentic and real to myself and to others:)

  13. Mary says:

    I broadened the heck out of my plans for my future and am part of making a loving family for a new baby. But you knew that.

  14. CambriaW says:

    For the first time in a long time, I actually read all of the other comments instead of just posting my own, and I’m just blown away.
    Personally, I went back to school so that I could do something about the fact that my son wasn’t being taught what he needed to know to be able to succeed in life as an adult with ADHD. While I was doing that, I started designing knitware for myself and realized that I’m not the only tall knitter around (tall being 5′ 10″ or taller for purposes of this adventure) and that I should start focusing on patterns for tall women. This is turning into a much bigger job than I first thought (with lots of excitement from fellow tall knitters) and I’m freaking out that I’ll somehow fail. This is the scariest things I’ve done since I packed up my 3-year old and my suit cases, and moved across the country.

  15. Wendy says:

    Thought I’d stop lurking a minute and comment since lately it’s been all leaps, all the time!

    In December, when my employer cut my hours from 25-a-week to 9 and no benefits, I leapt up and resigned.

    In January, I leapt into a training and volunteerism program called the LA Fellows which put me back in school and striving for a real career in writing, something I have only fantasized about. Joining the Fellows made me leap into relationships with 30 amazing people I never would have met otherwise, inspiring, creative and dear one and all.

    A couple of weeks ago, I leapt into the redesign of the website of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House and started reading and reading and reading.

    And during all that, I’m leaping every day into the job search thing, into networking, into making contact and building relationships, back into journalism and trying not to slide back into the safety of looking for administrative jobs.

    Congratulations on your leap into entrepreneurship! I’m really enjoying your process and wish you all success!!

  16. Cat says:

    I’m so darn excited for you and your art and your shop and your journey. And I’m *THRILLED* to be wearing the lapis and copper earrings again today, for the 2nd day in a row. They make noises at my ears, and make me think little faeries are playing concerts for me. 🙂

    Some of my courageous leaps: Walking away from my 1st marriage, terrified what that would mean, but more terrified of trying to stay any longer. Throwing myself into belly dance now, with the goal to be a certified ATS teacher some day. Embracing the idea that people actually want to buy my yarns and crafts, and launching my craft store on the side right now. (eep)

    • Rainy says:

      Oh wow, I’m thrilled that you like them! So far all the feedback I’ve gotten has been positive, and this makes me so happy. 😀

      I have a knitting/spinning/ATS dancing friend in your area. I should hook you two up.

  17. Vickie Bottelson says:

    It seems never-ending my quests to live by my art, to dive into the unknown. Yup, “hard” is an understatement. Some endeavors have led me thru bankruptcy and divorce, some have made lifelong friendships, all have paid off in the form of learning and self-growth. I can’t get into specifics because it’s too hard to type this from my iPhone as our power is out due to yet another crazy endeavor….living in the mountains. Suffice it to say that my entrepreneurial spirit is unquashable however hard somebody or something out there tries to quash it. I scoff at lack of monetary reward. I ignore doomsayers. Nothing can stop me but death….and even that may not.

  18. jenny says:

    Im going to france, by myself. No Kurt, no kids, just me. I am freaking out, beacuse I will be a stranger in a strange land, alone and will have to be a big girl. I have never spent the night alone. I am 28. I am going out in the world to grow the fuck up.

  19. I love your new stuff, and new direction! I couldn’t be more excited for you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors you put in your mandalas, and I totally wanna be able to color like you when I grow up!

    Big leap for me – I yanked my then-5th grader out of school, half-way through the year, and started homeschooling him. There were dozens of reasons, but the biggest was because I could see that staying in that setting was going to cause the kid to get totally lost, and it would be a horrible tragedy.

    He’s in his last semester of high school now, and should graduate with two AAs in May, along with his well-earned homeschool HS Diploma. He’s been one giant huge difficult leap after another, and I never have any idea if I’m going to land on the other side, but … I think maybe we all will.

  20. Britt says:

    I think the scariest thing I did was leave the area that I grew up (pacific northwest) and move all the way to new england. It didn’t end up working out the way I wanted, but I am still in NE and learning to love it.

  21. Sue says:

    I’m thrilled to see you embarking on this new journey! And I love your work.

    The greatest leap of faith that I ever made, bar none, was my decision to bring a baby into this world. Second to that would be my decision to leave the prestigious “queen bee” lawyer job that I had held for 15 years to work part-time for less pay as a worker bee. I did it because my kid was growing up without knowing his mom. It was a lousy career decision in retrospect, but a good decision both for the kid and for me. I like the person that I am now much more than I liked the person I used to be.

  22. Denise Cicuto says:

    Oh, I know that the contest is over. I’m still going to comment on this. The biggest bravest leap I ever took was applying to acupuncture school. At the age of 31, I decided to change my life. I can’t say I changed my path, because I really wasn’t on one. But acupuncture was a much better idea than doing payroll. Acupuncture changed my life and I wanted to give something back to the world to say thank you.

    I ‘convinced’ my husband to move from snowy, snowy Boston:
    “Hey, honey? Wanna move to Southern California and maybe never see snow again? I have a grownup excuse! I’m going to acupuncture school in LA!”

    And so we moved. And I went to school and I struggled and I cried and I learned and I met amazing people (like you, Rainy) and I lived a block from the beach. And I got hypnotherapy to get me through my Board exam. And at 36, I had my acupuncture degree and my California and National licenses and we moved to the Bay Area. (Moving to the Bay Area and starting my practice was my second biggest leap and another story for another time.)

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