Hello my friends! I have been away and it is good to be back. My little hiatus was very fulfilling on both personal and professional fronts. I did much talking and thinking, listening and feeling. And I have returned feeling very positive and ready to make some big changes in my life and in my career. And the help of wondersome friends has helped me figure some of these things out...cutting through some of the grimy haze and seeing things more clearly. I am really feeling the Steampunk inspiration lately (again), and visualizing the studio as a bit of a factory, filled with interconnecting gears and pulleys and machinery.
I think the main realization I have made lately is that a factory cannot run on one gear alone. For so long i have felt my work is solitary, even with all the great support that has been around me. I have a hard time asking for help, and letting people in, and I tend to overburden myself. I am learning that this is not healthy, and it is not necessary. In fact, I am finding much joy in thoughts of sharing some of my processes with others. I sometimes forget, in the daily grind of my factory, that the life I lead is pretty unique, and rather charmed. I am fortunate, and I want to share the creativity and imagination that I live with every day.
But I am rather shy at times, and just like a lot of people, I get unmotivated and self conscious. And I have been rather low in motivation for the past two months, career wise, after Bead & Button, and with all the life changing things going on in my life. But it is the start of a new month today, which I will call Awesome Artful August. And I do not usually reach out and ask for help much, but if you could, my dear friends, respond here with a little nudge of support...just a little word or two to get me going, and for me to look back upon later when I need to nudge myself...something to grease the gears and get the machinery moving...I would greatly appreciate it.
Show me a little steamy support here?...