Friday, January 4, 2013

A Step Forward

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.


  1. Good for you! Seems 2013 is a year of changes and growth. Sounds like you are at the point where I am currently. Rock on sister! Hope you feel better! Being sick sucks!!

  2. I've only been a follower of your blog for a little while, but I find you really inspiring. I'm actually looking into doing an art course in my town, something I've always wanted to do but never had the guts to. Thank you so much for being a constant source of inspiration for me.
    Blessed be.

  3. Congratulations on your BRAVE steps forward! I love stepping into a new year with with fresh changes and exciting goals. It sounds like you're right where you need to be! Also; congratulations on SouLodge! I've been a fan of Pixie's for years and I'm sure her workshop will be so rewarding! Keep us posted on your thoughts (if you don't mind!) as you move through SouLodge. I'd love to hear your perspective!

  4. Be brave! (And I like the new blog header, too.)

  5. Good for you Danni! I'm really proud of you that you didn't give up when you the business development center. Your art is always inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing where your brave soul takes you.

  6. Best of luck!! Thank you for leaving me such a positive comment!!You are so sweet! Brightest blessings!

  7. Super-excited to hear how your art journey is progressing! I hope your cold has finally let go - mine has such around forever this time around - yuck!

  8. Oh honey, I love your art journal page, your new avatar photo, AND your word for 2013. Super huge congrats on your appointment and you know it would have never happened so quickly if not for your focus. I truly believe anything meant for you will not pass you by. It may be delayed, but it will eventually come to fruition. Your art is so inspirational and beautiful, just like your soul. Warmest hugs to you, my lovely friend. Mina


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