Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I know part of it is personal. I want something that I can't really put my finger on. Change. Something to happen. A door to open. Maybe even one slamming shut. Anything to jolt me out of the everyday rut that I'm in.
My children are growing up. One is 21. He was going to college to be an engineer, but has decided to "take some time off". Gosh, I hope he goes back! My other one is 18. He's a senior in high school. He wants to be a Marine. He plans to leave in the fall. My babies are leaving me...
So maybe part of my problem is that even though my people need me, they really don't. They're making decisions for themselves. They're on their way out the door. I'm in a totally new situation. I can do whatever I'd like to do. And I don't know what that is. This should make me happy, right? So why do I feel like I'm in limbo?
I'm signed up to take a class. It's a jewelry casting class. It's intended as a beginner class, but I've cast before, so it will be a much needed refresher class for me. I'm hoping that being around other artists will be like it was in college. That we'll inspire each other, and my creative juices will start flowing again.
I'm also working out every day. I figure that if I can't accomplish anything at my bench, at least I can work on myself. I might even try to get certified to be a cycling instructor. Who knows? That might be a good change.
So now I need ideas. What can I do to get out of my rut? Do any of you have any ideas on what might help me become inspired again? I'd love your ideas, if you have any for me.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I know! Scary, huh? You can click on the title to read the article. Try not to take it personally!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today I'm sitting on the beach, taking some time off. It was hard to talk myself into it. There's so much to do! I don't have enough time to take time off! But at the same time, I need a break.
I've found that emptying my head actually helps fill it back up... with ideas! I know I'll come home refreshed and relaxed, ready to jump right back into it!
So don't forget to treat yourself to a break. You work hard! You deserve it!
Monday, June 16, 2014
Monday, January 14, 2013
Number 1- Blog more. I had every intention of doing it this past year. It didn't happen. This year it will! Hopefully.
Number 2- Don't be ruled by fear. I don't want to be afraid to fail. I don't want to be afraid to succeed. I don't want fear to rule my world. I want to teach my kids to not be ruled by fear. Fear is making us complacent.
Number 3- Take better care of myself. Eat better. Work out more. Get a check-up. Try to get my family to take better care of themselves, too. We need to keep each other around for a long time!
Number 4- Find more bench time. I love spending time at my bench, yet it's one of the last things on my "to do" list. Why? It keeps me sane. My boys need me sane. My boys WANT me sane! I want me sane!
Number 5- Be more social. This kind of goes along with finding more bench time, in that it keeps me sane. I need to make more time to hang out with friends. Or just keep up with them. I miss them! I hope they miss me!
Number 6- Promote myself. My business really needs some help. It needs some attention. I need to start making some serious money at it so I can do what I love and quit doing all the things that are not making me happy.
Number 7- Organize my world. Oh, my gosh! My house is a mess. My workshop is a mess. My bench is a mess. The lack of organization is making it very hard to accomplish the things I want to do.
Number 8- Delegate. I don't live in this house alone. There are 3 other people who live here with me. They have hands. They have brains. They are able bodied. They can help! And they should! Their future wives are going to kick my butt for not getting them prepared now. It's my job as a mom!
Number 9- Spend more time with my kids. They're growing up quickly. One already has one foot out the door. I need to cling to them as long as possible, as much as they'll allow me to. I hope I haven't missed my window...
Number 10- And last, but definately not least, spend more time with my husband. I plan to be with him for the rest of my life. I want to make sure he knows that. We need to ditch the kids and just spend time together. They're going to be moving on before we know it, and I want to make sure my husband and I still know each other. He is kind of a good guy!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Promoters need to do what they do even more than they were, especially when the economy is down. They need to promote. They need to advertise. They need to talk about their show. They need to talk about their artists. They need to tell EVERYONE!!!
I have done a few craft shows lately that seem to think that all they need to do is proclaim they are having a craft show, gather artists, and take our money. I don't get the feeling they think they owe us artists anything more than that. They are WRONG!
There was one show that I do, and actually did pretty well at the previous year despite the economy, that changed the week that they did their show in 2011. Why would they do that? This show is in a vacation destination. Vacationers tend to book their vacation for the same week EVERY YEAR. So those who book their vacation JUST so they can come to this particular show were left wondering what happened to it this year. Plus, they don't even have a website for this show, so vacationers can't even check when it is. I was so bummed, and I did so badly! It was also the first year that I'd been there and we had NO bad weather. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! But nobody came.
I don't understand why there aren't more promoters using Facebook. Or using it more to their advantage. I know some promoters that only list their shows on their promoter page instead of creating a page just for their show. I think that's a huge mistake. I think instead of making their promoter page stand out, it makes their event impossible to find by those who are actually looking for it. I believe they're shooting themselves in the foot. I believe that having both a promoter page AND a show page DOUBLES their chance of being found. It also makes it easier for us artists to promote it because it makes us (the vendors) feel like that show is OURS, not just the promoter's. We can post pictures and comments on the wall at will. We can tag where we are. We can help them do their job. Just give us the tools, please! We DO want to help!
Don't get me wrong. I do feel some responsibility in promoting the shows I'm in. I try to do the best I can, and I know plenty of other artists who also help promote the shows they're in. But the promotion is ultimately the responsibility of the promoter. I'm hopeful that the shows I'm in this year do a KILLER job of promoting. We could really use a profitable year! Happy craft show season!