“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
A few months ago, I signed up for a little e-course called “Flying Lessons” put on by the wonderful multimedia artist Kellie Rae Roberts. It was a bit of a leap, a bit of a stretch, I didn’t really have the money and I wasn’t sure how I was going to come up with it but a little voice said, “Just go for it. You can do it.” so I did. And lo and behold, a few sales came through that week and covered my tuition exactly.
It was an amazing 5 week course about all the aspects of running a creative business, of making a living in a DIY culture, with your art as the product. What made it really special, in my opinion, wasn’t the information about social networking, online and offline marketplaces and marketing. No. It was the pages and pages about facing your fears, investigating what you really wanted to do, what was authentic and real for you, and how to make that GO. That was priceless. That and the amazing community of creative artists and women that I’ve found myself as a part of ever since the class ended. I really cherish the connections I’ve made in that group of folks.
What made it priceless was the courage it gave me to spread my wings and try new things. Take chances. Risks. Find my direction.
Because of Flying Lessons, I applied to a huge national craft fair and oh boy, I was soundly rejected. Because of Flying Lessons, I applied to a huge, local, 3 venue craft fair, and ouch! I was rejected. Again! But because of Flying Lessons, I knew that this was just something that happens. I knew that you can’t take it personally. Because of the work that I did in Kellie’s class, I knew that you MUST keep trying and that I was not alone in what I was experiencing, so I took another risk… I applied to a marvelous, large new local artisan and craft marketplace that will be opening in 2012 at the Port of LA.
I was accepted!
I have no idea what changes this is going to bring to Honey&Ollie, but I do know that when CRAFTED at the Port of LA opens next summer (2012) you will find me there, along with many other gifted local artists and shining stars. LA is finally getting a permanent, indoor fine art and craft market. It’s brilliant, and if you’ve ever been to something like Portland’s Saturday Market, you know how much fun it can be to go spend the day. It’s just very exciting!
Sometimes you just catch that updraft, and you soar!
So my Flying Lessons gals and I, we’re having a little blog hop! And if you like Honey&Ollie, if you ever find yourself inspired or delighted by what you read here, you might like some of these women as well. Check ’em out!
Amaranthine Violet: http://magic-gypsy.blogspot.com/
Amy Hillenbrand: http://amyhillenbrand.blogspot.com
Beatriz Peñas B.: http://beatrizbepe.blogspot.com/
Beth Cougler Blom: http://sobliss.wordpress.com/
Carmen Patti: http://carmenpattistudio.com/wordpress/
Carol Bray: http://theredpaintedcottage.blogspot.com
Christina Fajardo: http://christinafajardo.blogspot.com/
Cindy Jones Lantier: http://www.lantier.org
Connie Rawlins : http://www.dabblinginlife.blogspot.com/
Dana Brock: http://www.dzynbydana.blogspot.com
Deborah Velásquez : http://deborahvelasquez.blogspot.com
Elissa Brown: http://thefreckledarmy.blogspot.com
Hillary Courson: http://www.hillarycourson.com
Jacquie Williamson: http://www.jacquiewilliamson.blogspot.com/
Jane Paynting: http://inkspiredwings.wordpress.com
Janet Forrest: http://tatterednworn.wordpress.com/
Jennifer DeVille: http://jenniferdeville.com/blog/
Jill Lambert : http://www.jill-lambert.blogspot.com/
Julie Hamilton: http://spaark.wordpress.com
Kanchan Mahon: http://Kanchan-Mahon.blogspot.com/
Karen Claverie: http://giddyupletsride.blogspot.com
Kari DeSaulnier: http://karidesi.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Conard : http://newfromoldcreations.blogspot.com/
Kathleen McKinnon: http://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog.html
Kathy May: http://kathymaydesigns.org
Kelley Miller: http://www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com/
Kelly Corso: http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hoernig: http://www.kellyhoernig.blogspot.com/
Kim Hyer: http://www.apaperaddict.com/
Kris Lanae Binsfeld: http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com
Lenore Angela: http://www.lenoreangela.blogspot.com/
Linda Barutha: http://lindabaruthadesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Michele Products:
Liza Zeni Baker: http://lizazeni.wordpress.com/
Lynn Richards: http://alittlebluesky.blogspot.com
Lori Leissner: http://leissnerart.blogspot.com
Lori Moon: http://lorimoonstudio.blogspot.com
Mary Cottingham: http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com/
Mary Sterk: http://justmarydesigns.wordpress.com
Megan Schmitt: http://www.schmittenwithwords.blogspot.com/
Melanie Douthit: http://www.douthitgallery.blogspot.com
Michelle Dwyer: http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/
Michelle Reynolds: http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/
Rachél Payne (Rae): http://collectingyourself.wordpress.com/
Rain Hannah: http://honeyandollie.com/
Rhiannon Connelly: http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com
Ruth-Mary Smith: http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.com
Sherry Richert Belul:
Shirley Ann: http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/
Susan M. Walls-Beverly:
Teresa Cash-Czech: http://www.asmilemaker.com/
Tina Carlborg: http://www.tinachicky.blogspot.com/
Tonya Love: http://passport2creativity.com/
Ursula Smith: http://www.EasyScraps.com/blog
Zulma Cadena: http://edustory.wordpress.com/
Mary Cottingham http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com
For more info on classes by Kelly Rae Roberts visit http://www.kellyraeroberts.com or check out her new Hello Soul. Hello Business. http://kellyraeroberts.com/hello-soul-hello-business.