Welcome to the Spreading Our Wings Blog Hop!
Some of you may have happened upon this blog hop by accident. Happy accident for you! This event includes a gathering of some of the most creative bloggers I have ever had the opportunity to be connected with. Over the last several months, we have gone from being complete strangers to developing a tight web of support, encouragement, and knowledge for one another. And at the end of the blog, I tell you how you can become part of this story…and part of a community with these creative spirits.
We met one another during an e-course taught by Kelly Rae Roberts called Flying Lessons. Since then, we have taken up the symbolism of flight and, well, flown with it. This blog hop offers a glimpse into that our thriving tribe. Feel free to visit these phenomenal women. Enjoy their art and their insight.
For my part of the blog hop, I want to offer a peek at one of the paintings I have been working on and some insight I gleaned from the class. The painting comes out of a series of drawings I have been doing for several years now. It is the first I have interpreted with paint, but I am looking forward to many more. I thought it was perfect for the season.
And now, I would like to share some of my favorite highlights from Kelly Rae’s Flying Lessons.
Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly
10. Turn goal setting into time management. Kelly Rae offered us practical how-to’s for setting goals, then helped us turn those goals into a bite sized to do list that could be integrated into our daily schedules. What a great way to reach for something and keep yourself on track! I am learning to make this part of my creative biz and am finding it helps me get lots done.
9. Etsy vs. Other Online Markets vs. Selling off our own Website. There are lots of options for where to sell artwork on the internet. Kelly Rae boiled the pro’s and con’s down, including resources and perspectives from various artist. We then were left to decide which route worked best for our own needs. I personally decided to go with Etsy. I love the Etsy culture and built in community. I opened a shop and will soon have some fun offerings in it. Check it out: BohemianHideaway.etsy.com, and feel free to join my circle.
8. Branding. I was familiar with the idea of branding. I knew it meant to have a cohesive look to your marketing, so that your logo on your business cards had the same visual feel as the banner on your website and the packaging for products. What I learned in Flying Lessons was that it can be helpful for our artwork to have a cohesive look to it as well. This is a challenge for me personally. I have lots of things I do. But as I am exploring what I want to put out to the world, I am fine-tuning my look so that it has my personal expressive signature.
7. Copyrights. Copyrights are a two headed coin for me. On one side, I am working on honoring the rights of other artists by researching the images I might want to add to my own mixed media works. This can include stamps, patterned paper, and ephemera. The other side represents my rights as an artist. Flying Lessons encouraged me to honor my value as a creator of images and to advocate for myself and others.
6. Build Community not a Customer List. My blog has always been about relationships, so when Kelly Rae made this a priority in her lessons, I knew she was golden. She gave us concrete ways to make our on-line life about people rather than products.
5. Face the fear. This was certainly the first lesson I learned. For the first week or two, I discovered I carried a lot of fear about facing my biggest dreams. We were encouraged to recognize the fear. For me it was huge and almost paralyzing, but each day I worked through the messages that were at its base. Eventually I practiced being brave and the fear lost most of its sting.
4. Dream Big. No surprise this came up. Flying Lessons wasn’t called that for nothing. Kelly Rae encouraged up to dig deep and own the dreams that we found there. For me, I kept hitting road blocks with signs that suggested I was only allowed to dream up to this point and nothing beyond. Or announced that the dream I was cultivating was too big or bright for me. But Kelly Rae helped me to believe otherwise. She helped me to understand my dreams are perfect just the way they are and that I am worthy of them. What a gift!
3. I am not alone. The most valuable part of Flying Lessons came out of the build-in community Kelly Rae created. That community is the group that created the blog hop. Over 400 creative spirits took the class and a significant amount of them stayed around afterwards to offer support, encouragement and wisdom to one another. When I made my leap from a full-time job to working full-time in my creative arts business, these women were there to champion me on each step of the way. If you are one of the Fly Girls, thank you. You have deeply touched my heart.
2. I am my biggest asset. I can’t tell you how many times Kelly Rae stressed the value of honoring ourselves as an asset for our company. I have taken that to mean that I must consistently protect and care for this asset by practicing rigorous self-love and self-care.
1. The number one Take-away Tip for making my creative business fly…is to emulate in my business what I valued in the person that Kelly Rae is. She was so generous, engaging, and authentic, that I know that has to have been a big player in her own success. Now I want to be clear that I am not saying that I want to try to be the next great Kelly Rae, but I believe the quality of her actions is worth reaching for. Kelly Rae understands how to imbue business with soul.
And with that, I come to what is next…..
The Journey Continues
I took so much away from my first class with Kelly Rae, that I jumped at the chance to take another class from her. Starting January 16th, I will be participating in a class she is teaching with Beth Nicholls called The Business Soul Sessions. It is longer and more intensive than Flying Lessons. I can’t wait to see the new heights it has me flying to. Or the new depths within myself it has me reaching for.
If you would like to keep up with my creative business adventures, join the party by subscribing. The party will be moving down the block and around the corner (to a new snazzy website) soon, and I would love for you to come along with us!
If you would like to have an artist community to call yourself a part of, join many of these artist/bloggers in claiming your part in the Creativity Tribe, an upcoming creative arts network that I am putting together with the help of the Fly Girls. It promises to be one of the most creative parties on the planet!
Aaaand now! Get to hopping……
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: http://www.lisamicheleproducts.blogspot.com/
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: www.douthitgallery.blogspot.com
Michelle Dwyer: http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/
Michelle Reynolds: http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/
Rain Hannah: http://honeyandollie.com/
Rhiannon Connelly: http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com
Ruth-Mary Smith: http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.com
Sherry Richert Belul: http://simplycelebrate.net/cherry-blossom-soup
Shirley Ann: http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/
Stacey Chadwick Brown: http://staceybrownarts.blogspot.com/
Susan M. Walls-Beverly: http://www.susanscharmingtrinkets.blogspot.com
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
Thanks again for hopping along with us!