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Success Is A Slippery Slope

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Right now, success for me is very simple. How many steps can I take on my new knee before I’m ready to call it quits?

I’m told that, once this healing stage is complete, I’ll be happy, happy, happy that I did this. Right now, I’d trade in one of those happys for a completely pain-free step.

That’s my measure of success today.

Tomorrow, I may surprise myself and success will become a whole other event. Because the one thing I’ve learned is that success is a slippery slope fraught with cultural expectations, personal striving, and an ever-changing mythical landscape dotted with alternating boulders of desire and promise, of hope and despair.

Over and over again, the gold ring of success comes spinning toward us—if only our arms were a bit longer, our aim more accurate, or the damn merry-go-round would just slow down a bit!

Thousands of books, workshops, courses and

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To Be Or Not To Be Successful

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I confess to being seriously delighted with Tony Robbins, the self-help guru. I remember decades ago, when he first hit the speaking circuit, I couldn’t stand him.

Then he, and I, grew up. He also became psychologically savvy – not just a self-help wannabe, and I found his 21st century paradigms of human relationships compelling and spot on.

So I was a little bit

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The Zen of Habits

The Zen of Habits

Habits are very Zen in nature, as they arise from an activity that is practiced until it flows through our lives without a hitch. And without distracting us from whatever comes next. In that sense, Zen and habits are well aligned.

And like Zen, habits are also rituals—rituals of persistence. They offer you a practice in small doses until the persistence of the practice itself becomes a habit.

The caution is that habits turn into meaningless rituals when the original need has shifted, or is gone, but we just keep dialing the same “out of order” number anyway.

Or, a habit can be a smokescreen seducing us with the comfort of familiarity when something

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Habits and Light Bulbs

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We humans are creatures of habit.

From the time we wake up until we go to sleep (and even sleep!), the majority of our behavior has been created from repeating a pattern so many times it becomes habitual.

The good news is this saves us a lot of time. We don’t have to reinvent how to brush our teeth or tie our shoes (do shoes even have laces anymore??).

You might say it’s the brain’s equivalent to how our hearts beat, our lungs breath, and our teeth chew. A part of us is on autopilot, and thank goodness because

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Change is in The Air

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Yesterday I begin a New Path, a New Decade in this lovely, challenging, soul-filled life I’ve been living on planet Earth.

It was my birth-day and everything in my life is changing. I’ve recently been proposed to, and accepted. I’ve realized that, as the artist I keep tucked away in my back pocket, my heart is open to my love of writing and editing and I must, finally, carve a space for that in my personal and professional life.

My deep connection to visual artists is the doorway to my love of all creatives.

I don’t know exactly how my New Path will unfold, but I pray that you will join me as I explore and expand all that I love about mentoring creative people on their creative career path.

I am now opening  my coaching and mentoring door for visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, performers of all stripes.

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Case Study Part 3: Tips – Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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Last week, in Part 2, I shared two recent success stories that were a direct result of my social media presence.

In this last part of the “Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!” series of blog posts, I’d like to share a few tips I’ve discovered along the way.

Consistency + Images + Articles

I do not live by a schedule. However, I aim to consistently post at least 5-8 times a week – sometimes more, sometimes less.

In addition to my images, I also post relevant articles. Interestingly, people have told me that they

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Case Study Part 2: Success Stories – Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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In the First Part of this three-part blog series, I talked about how building relationships through the various platforms and connections in the social media world, as ambiguous as that world might feel, builds trust with our future buyers and collectors.

I’d even go so far as to say that building relationships is the key benefit of social media where its various platforms allows us to develop connections that can lead to unforeseen opportunities.

People – Fans –Follow Us That We Are Not Aware Of

Have you ever been somewhere socially and someone comes up to you and starts talking about your work or latest activity because they have seen your

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Case Study Part 1: Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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In today’s cyber space artists around the wide post thousands of their images on various social media platforms, never knowing if it matters or if it is working.

Like a flock of birds in flight, our artwork images fly into never-never land. We don’t know where they land. We can see how many ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ and ‘pins,’ etc., occur, but are these people the only ones that see our images? Also, given the number of

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Your Most Selfish Responsibility

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 I know. Selfish and responsibility seem to be on opposite sides of the isle.

Part of this has come down through the ages via religious or spiritual precepts: that serving others is the high ground, while serving ourselves is the lowest of the low.

But isn’t this a just confusion of terms?

… because we also have the edicts to love others as we love ourselves, and to be true unto ourselves.

So, let’s see if we can tease this out, and furthermore, stir our artist life into the pot!

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Your Artist Identity: From The Beginning

Ariane of smARTist_Artist IdentityWhen I was a young girl, I spent a lot of time by myself hanging out on the edge of the Big Sur cliffs, a couple hundred feet above the pounding Pacific, reveling in the crash and roar of dragon waves hitting the rocks far below me, and smelling the salt spray as it rose into the air.

Or, I traipsed back in the canyon, under the cool cover of my fir-tree giants to play by a stream sparkling with water sprites as it tumbled down from the Santa Lucia Mountain Range.

Sometimes, the lady next door allowed me to play with her pen and ink drawn paper dolls in their elegant 18th Century dresses. I had to be very, very careful, as this was a privilege that could be taken away with one tear, one unintended lapse of attention.

What I sensed back then, even though I didn’t yet have language to complete the awareness, was this: in each of these different settings I was both the same person and a different person.

I had a central sense of an artist-self that never changed. And yet, there was another sense of self that did change.

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The Value of Art – Individual vs Humanity

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A fellow artist sent me the link to this post because she knew that I’ve been chewing on the question “What is the value of art?”

What fascinates me is how this post, and the comments, focus on value through the consumer lens of an individual, potential collector or buyer asking, Why should I buy this?

Yes, I can see how artists ponder what motivates someone to purchase art (or not) from either an emotional, status, or investment perspective (the only three values offered in the post).

Yet I can’t help wondering how

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The NEW Professional: Part 1

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Professional used to have an allure of conservative confidence instantly recognizable by the dark blue suit, skirt just below the knees, the sensible heels, perhaps pearl earrings and a thin chain of gold peeking beneath a scarf.

It was warm but reserved, attentive but distant, confident and quietly cagey. (I think it was called getting “the upper hand.”)

Then virtual reality came along and…

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What If Rejection is a Good Thing?

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Several years ago I made a commitment to myself. I decided that no matter what, I would always expect, and look for, the silver lining of any event that had the potential to present itself as a problem.

And here I have to make a distinction between a silver lining (or, as Maya Angelo sings it: the rainbow behind every cloud) and the rose-colored glasses that my Pollyanna, painter mother wore with a flair.

Rose-colored glasses treat all events alike and blur the boundaries of contrast and challenge.

A silver lining, on the other hand, is the event inside an event that just happened, often not showing its sparkling face until the first event is over.

Here’s an example from yesterday, an ordinary day spent doing ordinary things, like unloading dishes.

I was pulling a small glass vase out of the dishwasher when it

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If Every Thing Can Be “Art,” Where Does That Leave the Artist?

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A while ago, I was reading a book that a neighbor of my daughter’s thought I’d enjoy– Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte.

It’s what I’d characterize as a cheerleader, self help, get yourself grounded and growing book. Then I came to a section where Laport says You’re an artist and that’s that!

This is how she starts out: “Art-making is not strictly about visual creations and producing material things. Every single one of us is an artist at something.  We lost ourselves in the creation of it, we’re gifted at making it, we feel closer to ourselves and to a

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