Note to self

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 Note to self, note to you
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I feel this pressure all the time. For two main reasons. One, it feels wasteful. Using ink, paper, paint, etc for something that may just end up in a pile somewhere or worse, the garbage or recycling bin!

The 2nd reasons is particularly strong when I’m feeling financial strain. How can I spend precious time and resources on something that may turn out terribly?

I don’t have great answers for these other than A - hello scarcity mindset, and B - it’s a must. Creating without holding back is when the best magic happens. Creating with the plan of selling often feels slightly constricted. Feelings of “this needs to be good enough” don’t allow for full creative expansion.

I know I’m not alone in these things and at varying times I don’t feel them. They’re really strong right now though and it feels nearly paralyzing.

So I made this note for you and me as a reminder for when we need it again.

And it’s totally my day 39 for #100daysofgold

*some might note sellable vs saleable - there seems to be a very narrow distinction between the two. I think for this note either could be used! I prefer sellable though.


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Shipping has gone on Spring Break!

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Anything ready to ship ordered after noon, Friday March 11 will ship between March 21 - 23. This does not affect timelines of made to order items. If you're interested in rings - getting on the list sooner than later is a good idea. Hope you can enjoy the springtime sunshine where ever you are!

I'll be working away on some drawings (100 day still going strong on IG) and some personal and professional development programs that I'm really excited about.

New items will be added the week of March 21st. Get on my email list for notification of the newest releases.

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A Leo Full Moon message

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I have a desire to heal (people) through art . Not in an overt - read-it-in-my-artist-statement - kind of way, but in a soft subtle unconscious way. That after a few moments of looking at one of my pieces, something tangled starts to loosen, or something askew starts to align. Nothing big and flashy that makes you go "Wow!", something so gentle, days later you might realize something feels different, better, more like yourself. Something so deep it's difficult to see. You may have no idea why or where that healing came from and it doesn't matter.

It's a secret magic. One that I don't know, how it might open your heart or change your mind.

I can't and don't make promises. How can I know, the intricacies of your being? 

I know that I am tapped in to something beyond myself - something that is also connected to you. 

I won't pretend to put words to it, explain it or make up some flowery description.

It's something that can't be confined to the language, the words, we have.

Years ago I "heard" the phrase Connecting you to something deeper and it became my tagline, my business subtitle. What something? I don't know the answer for you. The vaguery is just right. I believe there is a connection between us that knows the answer and doesn't need to be explained.

This is one of the difficulties I've had in determining what it is that I want to do or even what it is that I do. I can't name it for you, I can only know it is for you, one of you, or many of you.

It is not tangible. I know it when I feel it and have faith that those that need it will too. 

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It started with a thought...

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I was drawing the other day and wondered "Do black post-its" exist? (Also should it be post-it's?!) 

I have some old prints and some extra random prints that I thought I might start to include randomly in some orders I send out - when I get a nudge to include something I think the person might like. And I like use little sticky notes on a print or something extra just as a way to note the extra item. 

Turns out black post it notes do exist!

(see what I did there - just add notes and then I don't have to wonder about the apostrophe for plural post-its... it's just plural, not possessive, buttttt it's not a contraction! really it does not matter. And I can just be off brand and say sticky notes)

Then I had a really important through come through today and wanted to write it down so I would remember it. And then I thought it would be fun to share and maybe turn it in to some little project. Maybe a big project? Because that's how these things go sometimes, a small thought turns in to something much bigger. 

Things like this, when they happen, feel magical. I can see these steps from one to the next so clearly. They can seem small and insignificant, but often those clearly connected points lead somewhere really powerful. And if I can keep following it, it can lead me somewhere really amazing and unpredictable. (For my human design lovers - my generator is RESPONDING and I can feel it.)

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Do you eat while not doing anything else?

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Do you eat while not doing anything else?

I would venture to think that very few people do. Most people at least eat with another person and talk. Or write emails, or watch tv, or scroll social media or read a book or watch something through a window. 

It can be hard to just sit and eat, at least for me. It is actually easier to sit and meditate and close my eyes and focus on a mantra. SO much easier. 

But sitting and eating, particularly when I am in the habit of doing something else while eating, is a real practice. 

My brain goes wild! Like a small rambunctious child locked in a room full of toys but told they can't play with any of them - my brain throwing out suggestion after suggestion trying to tempt me in to doing something. 

I could send that text to my sweetie.

...check my email.

...print more cards.

...look up that thing I wanted to research. 

...watch that show I've been watching. 

...read that book

...listen to that podcast or audiobook

...write this blog post!

Something, ANYTHING. 

I chose to watch all the thoughts - instead of trying to focus on what I was eating, though that would be a good practice too, I wanted to see all the things that would come up. There were so many, it was actually quite humorous. My brain was out of control and I just kept eating, letting it ping around trying to find the most tempting thing that would draw me in to doing something other than just eating. 

For the most part, I was successful, until I realized I got up to put my bowl in the sink before I'd even finished chewing the last bite. 

Maybe I'll try that tomorrow. 

If you normally do things while eating, give it a try and let me know how it goes! Does your brain come up with a million and one things it could be doing instead of simply nourishing your body?

If you're interested in meditating and don't know where to start, this could be a good thing to try - doing activities mindfully and singly, like driving without listening to a podcast or music, or brushing your teeth without doing something else, or washing the dishes while just focusing on washing the dishes.

A lot of these things, just doing them alone, feel so boring! At least that is what the whiny part of my brain says. AND what an opportunity! We so rarely let ourselves get bored and there is great creativity that can come through that boredom. 

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