Follow Your Dreams. Page from my art journal.
The other day, I posted about my one little word for 2013; Brave. We're only 4 days in to the new year and the change is already tangible between the past year and the current one for me. The house is clean, the stress has dissipated a bit, spirits are high, candles have been refreshed, altars tidied and course work for SouLodge started.
Of course, I've been home sick since the 2nd, so I suppose we'll see how well this continues once I've gone back to work.
Speaking of which, I did something very brave for me today. Some of you will remember a little while back, I contacted our local SCORE chapter asking for help with becoming licensed to sell at festivals, fairs and galleries locally and their reply being 'Buy admission to this expensive seminar that has very little to do with your question!' I'd been feeling very put out for a bit, but have been using my downtime at home to do some more research into the subject. This morning, while sipping my tea, I came across a Small Business Development Center that operates as part of one of the local universities. Taking a deep breath, I shot off an email explaining my situation and my questions.
Within the hour, I received an email back from a business counselor there asking to set up an appointment to meet and discuss my aspirations and concerns face to face. We're going to meet at the local library Monday morning before I go to work. Now, I have to write out all of my questions and prepare myself to take a big step forward, to take the first step to making these dreams and ponderings a reality.
Once I get it sorted out and have a roadmap of where to go and what to do, I'll be re-branding to better suit the direction my art is taking. Don't worry, there will still be plenty of whimsical watercolors and deity art, but I want to incorporate the deep heartfelt and soulful work I've been doing as well. I may just rename the shop, possibly this blog too. We'll see what happens when I get there.
For now though, I'm nervous and excited. Deep Breaths.