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Faith & Persistence

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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As Creative Entrepreneurs, we sometimes come up against a wall….

How do we deal with that and have “Faith & Persistence” to carry on?

If you are like me, you have ancestors who had the “Faith & Persistence” in WenzelFamilymoving from their homeland, coming to North America with little belongings and build new lives here.

When I look through some of the old photos we have of our ancestors, how they endeared the hardships can be totally inspiring. Living in a sod house during -40C temperatures or in what they called the “Dirty Thirties” where nothing would grow because of the drought. Man, if that doesn’t inspire you – nothing will!

Sometimes, its overwhelming when you thought you had everything going smoothly and WHAM, something derails you.  It happens to many and you can not be disappointed in yourself.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

When those times show up, its the perfect time to journal (or start journaling if you don’t already journal) and see what shows up in that journaling. Its also a good time to spend more time on Creative Dates with yourself and learning more about what is deep inside, that has you thinking you are unable to continue.

DOUBT 

Maybe someone has planted some doubt, or you have been beating yourself up yourself. STOP IT!

We each have a story to tell in this world, and we NEED your story to be out there!

You have survived experiences or been creating for many years, that is worthwhile to others starting out. 

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Start building up the “Faith & Persistence” you need to push through, its worth it!

So many come up to that wall and step back, never to be seen or heard of again. That is so sad, as I said before, we need everyone to tell their story – that’s why we are here.

Some steps to start you on the path to the other side:

  • Write down your dreams/goals for yourself for the next 5 years.
  • Write what excites you about each of those. 
  • How would it FEEL to have those dreams/goals accomplished.
  • Which is the dream/goal you would like to accomplish this year.
  • Start a worksheet with the steps (make them do-able) to start today.
  • See the end and work back to present, each step needs to be do-able.

If you would like more tips, techniques, systems and weekly encouragement, I can be of service – more details HERE.

Have the FAITH & PERSISTENCE to pursue YOUR DREAMS – YOU are worth it!

3 Reasons for Starting a Business.

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Are the C.E.O. of your own business?

Or are you wanting to be?

Why?

I have had several businesses over the years and I also, have worked for several small to large businesses.

BusinessCardsThe more I learnt about business and marketing, the more I felt the need to be my own boss and start my own business.

Why?

MY 3 Reasons for Starting a Business are:

  • I have the flexibility to schedule MY OWN hours, so I could work from 10 am to 6 pm if I wanted to. Or I could work 3 hours in the morning and divide the rest of the day into business, studio and family time. I, also, have the opportunity to schedule Self-Care and Creative Date appointments in the middle of the day.
  • I have the opportunity to create systems, workshops and programs that work for ME!
  • I have the JOY of connecting with students, customers and clients around the world who inspire me to create more and do more of what I LOVE – my Passion and Purpose: Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide!

I’d LOVE to hear Your 3 Reasons for starting your business or are thinking of starting your business.

If you would like some help with starting your business or creating systems for your existing business, we could work together on those…..

Artwork Clearance – Part 2

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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MOVING In A DIFFERENT DIRECTION AND WOULD LIKE THESE TO BE IN NEW HOMES.

All shipping is included in the price. I will ship International at the cheapest possible rate. The bigger pieces will be rolled into a long tube box, while others will be sent flat in specially selected boxes. All prices are in Canadian dollars.

 Textile Mixed Media Artwork – Art Quilts, various sizes.

All are machine pieced, machine quilted & hand signed (on reverse) by Dale Anne Potter. Some pieces are dated with name of the piece but all have been stored in a non-smoking, non-pet home. Each piece is priced separately. 

O Canada

O CANADA

This piece was inspired by the Vancouver Olympics – measures 16 X 20 inches. Originally priced at $350.00, available now for $200 (which includes shipping).

 


 
 
 
 
ColourPlayCOLOUR PLAY Measures 8.25 X 11 inches.  Originally priced at $100.00, available now for $50.00 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weathered&WornPOTTERWEATHERED & WORN, But Not Forgotten.Measures 24 inches square. Originally priced at $400, available now for $250.00



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
CavemanStyleFlower

 

CAVEMAN STYLE FLOWER

Measures 8 X 11 inches. Originally priced at $90.00, now available for $50.00




JOYJOY

Measures 8 X 10 inches. Originally priced at $90.00, now available for $50.00.




 
 
 
 

BrokenTreeBROKEN TREE
Measures 8 X 10 inches. Originally priced at $100.00, now available for $50.00.




What do you do when there is no more MoJo?

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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It happens to us all….

FeatherYou are going along, creating like a mad person and then WHAM – it hits you! That “lost your Mojo” feeling….

What do I do when there is no more MoJo?

I sleep and read and sleep.

I listen to those times and don’t try to force myself to create when those times come. I take it as a sign that my body needs the rest.

Its a pain when your business is all about creating and people are counting on you.  I tried to work through it but it just got me deeper into the obyss. I hate it!

I have made a note of these times and it seems they happen almost annually – in August, so I will have to make a point to schedule in downtime each year. (Adding that to my planBeadsner right now!)

This year, though, it lasted longer than usual – I was starting to worry about it, and when Mercury Retrograde started – October 4th, I even thought of retiring.

Journaling didn’t seem to be bouncing me back as it usually did, so again, that made me start to wonder about things. In looking back over the past couple of months, I seemed to be allowing other things also crash my creativity.

I started scheduling more mediation times and more journaling – even it was just doodling.

Slowly, little things started getting me excited – like that Feather in the photo, its so tiny but was so powerful. Then, a trip to the local thrift store – where a huge bag of assorted beads for $2.50 got me even more excited. Both of those, brought me back from that place I thought was of no more creativity.

I am writing this to let you know, if you find you have lost your Mojo – maybe its time for you to consider: 

  • Some good ole rest.
  • Walks in nature.
  • Sleep.
  • Reading a book you thought you didn’t have time to read.
  • Doodling mindless doodles (you can toss them if you want after).
  • Visiting a local art supplies or craft store, just for window shopping or a local thrift store.

I am EXCITED to have re-found my MoJo and already a whole page of ideas have been written down for future projects, workshops or programs.

I’d LOVE to hear ” What do you do when there is no more MoJo?”

Motivation & Cleaning…

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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To me, Motivation & Cleaning do not go together….LOL.

Last Tuesday, on my Facebook Page, I asked:

Have A ChairIf you could sit down for a cup of coffee, tea or water with me and ask me any question to enable you to be more positive, creative or for your business….what would it be? Ask away…

Debbie K. asked:

What is your motivation each day and how do you “keep home” going, like all the cleaning, the meal fixing, etc. etc.?

I will direct you to a couple of archived blog posts below about  the meal fixing, time management, etc. 

As far as cleaning……We (Biff, alias Brian, and I) have become easy on ourselves – its not spic and span and I’m pretty sure you would not be able to eat off the floor. If you are coming for a visit, give us plenty of warning, as I would have to pull out the vacuum, etc. Biff is unable to help with that anymore. I am working on Biff to allow me to hire a weekly housekeeper. 

The first blog post is HERE  about the cooking/meal preparations. Biff does most of the cooking and we have been doing OAMC (Once A Month Cooking) for 13 years now, so there is always something in the freezer to thaw, or heat up. 

The second blog post is HERE where I talk about managing my time to get more done in the studio.

Hope that answers the second part of your question Debbie….if not, ask more questions.

Ok, now to the first part of your question…. Motivation.

You may not be aware, I am a Cancer warrior – this month, its been 16 years and to me each day IS precious. 

I have to say, that waking up each day, is all the motivation I need anymore!

I begin each day with a smile to myself and deep gratitude for being able to open my eyes once more! I, then, pull my morning pages journal off the night stand to journal 3 full pages. Sometimes, while I am writing my morning pages, my quote for the day comes forward and that motivates me in my art journal pages, artwork, etc. during the day.

Motivation comes when I look at my goals for the year or month.

Motivation comes when I read or hear of women not knowing where to start on their path to their dreams, or have just emptied their home of the last graduated child and wonder “Now what”. I am motivated to start writing more blog posts about those feelings and how to turn them into motivation for themselves.

I am motivated just by being OPEN to the world around me!

I’d LOVE to hear what motivates you, feel free to comment below.