All change! Closing down and branching out

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September is unleashing its dismal rain already; a fine example of pathetic fallacy as the kids troop back to school. It’s a new breath for me, too, so this post is just to let y’all know that as of this month I am changing the focus of my ‘business’. Mainly because I hate running my creativity as a business – I’m not good at it in its current form, and it’s hollowed me out. I’ve been making things to sell, for money, and the constant hustle of  “Look I made this! It has a price, which may or may not match what it is worth or what you can afford, but please buy it, because I need your money to pay my bills.” is not making for a happy me.

I’ve done some thinking, I’ve made a decision, and I’m taking a step back. Taking time to breathe, to get a part-time job and thus sever the entanglement of financial need and creative expression. I’ve tried, I really have: I’ve done the courses, I’ve read the books, I’ve learned the social media and the Etsy algorithms – but my heart has never sat easy with it.

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Welcome to my new website! This is how I got here…

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Hallo you gorgeous things, and welcome to my shiny new website! Do you like it? I’m pretty gosh darned pleased with what the fabulous team at Nobody on Fire have come up with, but now that it’s down to me to maintain it, I’m all ears if you have any suggestions for improvement.

This site is the result of over a year of working and learning and growing, myself and my business, to get to the point where I was ready to launch into the wide blue yonder and really believe in what I do. I didn’t do it alone, I couldn’t have done.  I think trying to go it alone has been what’s held me back for so long.  My first butt-kicker (in the nicest and pinkest possible way) was Gala Darling.  Her Radical Self Love e-course (Dare Dream Do) got me believing in myself and my art again.

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Radical Self Love even got me posting daft selfies on Instagram. Hmm.

So when I found out about Leonie Dawson‘s Shining Year book, I was in the right place to take up that challenge and get moving.  And wow, it’s been brilliant, I cannot recommend it enough (as you can tell, because this isn’t the first time I’ve done so!). And she led me to Jennifer Lee and her Right Brainers in Business annual video summit, which then led me to an enormous wealth of amazingness and inspiration which I’m still working through. And then I read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking, which is Truly Most Excellent. Phew!

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I totally did. My book is now signed. Squeee!

 

I’m telling you all that because I want you to go and check these people out, and see if they can help or inspire you in your turn. Maybe, maybe not, but it is the human prerogative to point and show when we see something we like (no really, it is – as far as we know no other animal does it, yet human babies do it as soon as they can control their fingers), so *POINT* look at these shiny things!

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Philomena and Count Emil. You’ll see.

So, anyway, here we all are. I have some really exciting projects lined up for the summer, and I can’t wait to share them with you – I promise there will be lots of pretty pictures 🙂  In the meantime though, off you go and check out those links 🙂  Especially Gala Darling, because she is glorious.