Monday, September 19, 2011

Re-Inventing Yourself

I have so much to write about that I don't even know where to begin!
This trip began as one thing and turned into something much, much more!

I went to The Creative Connection with the intention of business.
I went as a vendor, and to possibly network as well.
I was nervous, like I told you before...I was intimidated by all the well-known artists, afraid of what kind of reaction I would get about my work, and a little anxious that I was wasting my time and money on such a big trip.

God had so many more plans than business for me while I was there.  :) 

 (my vendor booth, 8 x 10 feet)

I met the most amazing people while I was there. 
People were kind, supportive, and fun!  They were genuine, friendly, and so creative.  The inspiration was a huge buzz...
I went to a panel discussion one morning that featured five women, including Kelly Rae Roberts, Melody Ross, Leigh Stanley (Curly Girl) and Susan Branch.
They were discussing their stories and how they got where they are today in the creative business.
And the main thing I kept hearing was the story of authenticity.
That they were just themselves.
That their art was an extension of their own life stories, not bits and pieces of anyone else's.
And I felt affirmed, I felt validated, I felt like I was "enough"...
I realized that God had brought me to this place so I could really settle into myself...that I could feel comfortable in my own skin, that I could celebrate me!  That not everyone is going to love my art, and that is totally okay...
It was such a freeing moment.

 (custom pillow wall)

I've been working as an artist for over 10 years now.
I have gone through so many phases..
It wasn't until just this year that my work became faith-based.
Did you know that?
I finally feel like I am in my groove...
I finally feel like this is the work I was meant to do...
and the fear of turning away people who aren't Christian is gone.
It's okay.
I am not here to please everyone, I am here to please my Lord and Saviour, and my prayer, everyday, is that his truth and light shine through me as a vessel. 
What a life-changing realization...

 (wall of prints)

I think I had it in my head somewhere that I had to be this certain person.
I'm not quite sure who that person was, but the thought of re-invention in your late 30's seemed sort of ridiculous to me.
I realized this weekend that we are all constantly re-inventing ourselves.  Our tastes change.  Our feelings change.  Our outward apprearances change.
And that is actually a great thing!  A fun thing!  A time to celebrate seasons in our life and the possiblity of growth.
("Take your Time", new pillow)

So, here I am at home now.
Back with my beloved family and children.
Feeling re-charged, inspired, and blessed.

I have lots of new products to list in the esty shop: new checkbook covers, list makers, and pillows.
I will start listing them soon!
But I am going to paint today!  I have to celebrate my new inspiration with some new scripture prints.

Thanks for being part of my journey.
My blog is a big part of my whole creative process, and I so appreciate all the support I receive here.



Weezy said...

It is so wonderful to read about someone who is truly happy with who they are. There are so many others who shrink away from who they really are but you have embraced it and I can sense your happiness through your post!

Elyssa said...

Great post! I love your work! It's so creative and colorful. You have a gift. Thanks for sharing it!

Erin said...

I love your art and I am NOT a Christian. When you are genuine and love what you do, you speak to more than just the audience you have intended to. I love your booth set up, so bright and colorful! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Jill said...

I'm glad to hear that you're painting again! I love your paintings!

Renee! said...

Hi Chrissie! We met at TCC and I love your work! Keep it up and have a great week... will follow you and like you on facebook!

Christi said...

My heart explodes reading this post. Good for you.

I'm off to send you an email about that thing I want to see if you can make. :)

Leslie said...

WOW! what a great uplifting and encouraging post...exactly what I needed to hear this morning...I know God planned that :)

Love everything you create and i love your booth you had! so cute! I might be getting ready to do my first craft fair and I am uberly NERVOUS!!! but I just keep praying....if it is God's will...I know all will work out :)
HUGS and have a great day!

Unknown said...

Thanks you so much for sharing this post! I think sometimes we feel like we have to measure up to others, when God is saying, "I can use where you are." He has given us a talent to use for His glory and He as traditionally used unlikely people to do the task. I read something that you may have already heard, but will share it with you here:

Noah was a drunk, Abraham was old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Jeremiah and Timothy were very young, David had an affair with a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman was divorced, more then once, Zacchaeus was very small, Timothy had an ulcer, and Lazarus was dead. And God used all these people to accomplish the most amazing things!

Thanks so much for sharing your talent and using it to glorify God!

diplofam said...

Awesome! I love your work and have some of it hanging in my house encouraging my family everyday to be who they are--beautiful creations of Christ.

Unknown said...

I felt exactly the same, Isn't God Great....Stay in your grove and keep praising our Awesome God.

sherilee said...

Thank you so much for this post. I find it very encouraging. I have been blogging for three years and being a creative type (but not traditionally *in* business) for at least five, and I feel the need to find a direction... at the same time, my spiritual journey has been on a strong uptick, and trying to put it all together is daunting, especially with close friends and family who aren't in the same place and don't understand.

Knowing that you've done it, and kept true to you is empowering. Bless you, and your work! I love your color, your themes, your creativity. Keep it up.