"I learned a LOT in my first year. By analyzing my results, and learning from my fellow artists who have been doing this longer than I have, I am able to be more strategic about how I approach my business. "
A couple of years ago I began painting again, after a 25 year hiatus. Last year, I started showing my work at arts festivals around town, which was really big step for me. My dream of being a “real artist” was squashed so long ago, that I never even got to the point where I had a dream of presenting or selling my art at arts festivals, so it was pretty overwhelming. I learned a LOT in my first year. By analyzing my results, and learning from my fellow artists who have been doing this longer than I have, I am able to be more strategic about how I approach my business. One thing I learned is that business building is an iterative process. We all have to start somewhere, and by being brave enough to take the first steps, putting ourselves out there and starting before we feel ready at times, seeing what happens, taking that information and then crafting our next steps purposefully, we begin to build momentum. From these expierences I've learned that it’s important to observe where we can get in our own way, what beliefs we have that hold us back, and to do the work to change our belief systems and address our tendencies to self-sabotage, so that we can show up and contribute what we are capable of. I try to pass these lessons on to the Start:ME businesses so that hopefully we all can stay true to building a life and business that we love, where our offerings are well received and we are sustained both emotionally and financially.