It Takes A Village
That’s me (third from the left) a year ago at my first solo art show. The women surrounding me are a few of my mentors and friends. They inspire me to keep moving forward, especially in my art career, give me advice, and they show up in my life when I need them.
When you are an independent artist or running your own business, it is very easy to feel isolated, isn’t it? It’s up to YOU to get out (from behind the easel, or the laptop) and make friends with people who know exactly what you are going through, and more importantly, who WANT to see you succeed and will uplift you.
1. You are not an island and you need other people to be successful.
Your support may not be your best friend or family. Don’t be upset if they don’t ‘get you’, your art, business, or your dream. Just get connected with like-minded people, make new friends, and find YOUR tribe..this can be online and offline, or as they say “IRL” in real life.
2. Attracting positive people into your life helps you find more value in yourself and in turn, others.
You are who you hang out with. (I tell that to my teenaged son all of the time!) Choose wisely.
3. First and foremost, you must have belief in yourself and your dream.
The right friends will appear, and should increase belief in yourself, build your confidence, keep you focused, and motivate you.
Why It Matters
As a late-bloomer who hit 40 this year, I never thought I’d suddenly have a vision and start moving toward my dream of creating art, which quickly grew into learning about business, and ultimately a desire to share with and help others achieve their goals.
I made a decision and commitment to myself to keep pursuing my dreams no matter what was happening in my personal life. Looking back at the last year from the time the above photo was taken, my 17 year old son has been in and out of hospitals and rehabs, I was diagnosed with lupus, and I also have a young 7-year-old daughter to take care of at home. These are the things that drive me to succeed rather than give up.
And if you do feel like giving up from time to time, or are struggling in your business, you need to find a great support team | friends | tribe to talk to and check in with, to decrease your down time and get you back on track.
Don’t try to be en una sola isla (on an island alone)!
Here’s to all of the artists, all the friends I have made since getting started and to all of the people including family who have supported me, purchased art from me, and encouraged me along the way. Thank you!
Well, I have been sick on and off in between all of the exciting things I have been a part of, the bra painting, the public art project, (see video below) and painting. You can check out my new mini-series here.
You can also start bidding on bras for The Painted Bra Art Project on October 20th to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. Link is to my bra, but be sure to check out all of the brasterpieces created. You can see and find out more on the facebook page as well.