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This week in funny Snapchat videos.....

Just kidding, I haven't watched Snapchat videos since I posted last! I have, however, been quite distracted by books... Specifically plays from Agatha Christie and the new cosmere book by Brandon Sanderson (Tess and the emerald sea).

Despite the distractions and my squirmy baby (who doesn't want to take solo naps), I have made some important steps forward. I joined a challenge to grow my audience through an email automation tool called convert kit. As you can't see, there are no readers for this blog and no viewers for my website: so I really need to work on that, and I need all the help I can get.

The challenge is to basically take the plunge and go live, inviting people to do one thing via a "landing page", which is basically where you are redirected when you click an ad. It can have more information and a prompt to subscribe or input your email to receive something. It's kinda crazy because the challenge is addressing the main problem I have (i feel like I have nothing really to offer and I don't want anyone to see my site because it isn't done yet). the challenge is making me define what I have to offer and making a simple invitation to people to learn more. Then all I have to do is share it.

There is a twist though. I'm not making the landing pg to advertise this blog. Not yet anyway, because I need to figure out how to make money off of my art right now, and the blog isn't monetized.

The landing pg is going to be for a portrait business I'm starting. The idea is that lots of special moments aren't photographed well, and you can't go back and photograph something that is over or has never been able to happen in the first place. So thousands of people live with disappointing pictures of treasured memories, or without the pictures they wish they had.

Well I can combine photos they do have into the photo (it's really a drawing) they wish they had, and for not very expensive either.

Click here to learn more! :)


Hey guys--

Do you ever feel like there is too much grabbing your attention? too much to do that is more important than what you wish you could achieve? Boy, I feel that way all the time. the artist in me can easily think of grand ideas and beautiful visions for what I can add to the world (in the broad sense, or in my own home) but each finds itself truly challenged to make it across the threshold from imagined view into the real world. the obstacles are large and not a few, however, the biggest obstacle: its not important enough. The world and I both can go on without it. and even when I decide firmly that this project really is the one that I will commit to... my biggest priority begins to cry (even as I write this. I'll be right back)

as a new mother (and recent graduate from my university's art program) I had a very nice-looking plan for artistic success... but physical realities and the toll of adjusting to life with my newborn quickly began to teach me a quiet lesson in savoring every moment--I am more valuable than the tally of my completed drawings-- and valuing what little I can do (even if it is just an unintelligible scribble of my sweet little baby as she sleeps in my left arm)

Now my baby is 7 months old, and I have my own space for art for the first time ever! could I really make serious progress this time? can I set myself up for success?

I was inspired by an article with advice from a freelancer as well as by the dozens of podcast episodes from "the creative pep talk" and "three-point perspective" that I have listened to over and over again during the last year. they suggest this new approach: ACTUALLY PLANNING TIME TO WORK ON MY OWN PROJECTS, JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE IMPORTANT TO ME.

Completely out of left field, I know.

The new approach consists of three elements of making space in my life for what I want to make, and for sharing it with you here while I make it (because that is important to me too):

Make a physical space to do the work.

Make a space in time to do the work.

Make the work a priority for you and your people

(supports & dependents.) aka mental space

my physical space: my desk! (it has been almost 2 years in the works, and then sitting in storage. Now I have a place to put it!)

my space in time: I will take two hours in the morning to draw when my baby is happy awake and playing, and an hour in the evening to write.

my mental space: this project is my priority over cooking and cleaning and watching movies and funny videos on snapchat (sorry, I boycott tick-tock). I will wear my art hoodie with the hood up while I work at my desk to help my mindset. I will step away if higher priorities call and come back when I can pay full (or 95%) attention and I will communicate that priority to my support people so they can support me.

I have wanted to make this space for a long time, and I feel that now I am actually prepared to make the leap. I feel like this set-aside space really will make a difference for me, and for my little book about a boy and his friend who have too many zucchini!

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