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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!

Love Notes

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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For when you are needing inspiration.

I used to feel alittle embarrassed when students, customers or clients would give me compliments. I was just doing what I loved doing and it had nothing to do with getting praise.LoveNotes

Then, one day in one of the many trainings I have taken in the past 5 years, it was suggested to keep a “Love Notes” folder in real life (from cards or letters) and on the computer (from emails). In those folders, are compliments, praise, or positive comments that have come your way. You could print off your emails & add to the physical folder if you’d like.

On those days, when you are wondering why you are doing what you are doing or need the inspiration to continue, or plan a new workshop….read those “Love Notes“.

Those “Love Notes” could be part of your marketing – testimonials of sorts.

I’ll share 5 “Love Notes” I’ve gotten over the years that caused me to smile and know that I am on the right path:

  1. Thanks for sharing your e-book. I am having a particularly difficult time at the moment and this has come at the absolute perfect moment in time for me. I hope to start my positive journal tomorrow morning to help me deal with the current challenges life is offering. Barbara
  2. All the best for the year ahead Dale, thanks so much for your support … you won’t ever know how much you have helped me through this year! with love xx Carolyn
  3. Dear Dale Anne:
    So many times you have given me the inspiration and strength to go on; today was one of those mornings!!Thank you for being so positive and teaching us how to gain the foresight to be fighters. We love you. Mary
  4. Dale, I absolutely love the joy and positivity you spread out into our world. There’s so much about you that I truly admire and enjoy. Your creativity, especially your beautiful quilting projects which I adore; your smile and positive words, but also your sharing of what you have learned in your own life and then turning around and finding ways of offering those gifts to us in return. What a blessing!! Suzanne
  5. Your stories and your heart broke me open.  I’ve been having a very challenging time myself–and I can’t thank you for your light and wisdom you shared.  And most of all, you reminded me how long it’s been since I’ve sat down and journaled for myself. Love you Dale.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Connie

I encourage YOU to start your own “Love Notes” folder.

10 Things

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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10 Things You Might Not Know About Me.

1. I am about to become a Great-Grandmother as I am a step-mother to 2, Mom to 2 GREAT adults and 2 GREAT grandchildren.DaleAnnePotter

2. I am married to Brian (alias Biff) for 38.5 yrs.

3. I was an Office Manager for a District in the 7-Eleven family.

4. I was General Manager of an Inuit Business in the High Arctic – Taluq Designs.

5. I am a 16 yr warrior of Cervical cancer.

6. I was “Diva for a Day” on CBC Saskatchewan TV.

7. I live with one kidney.

IMG_02518. I met, had a photo & talked with the songwriter of my mantra song – Today I’m Going to Try to Change the World: Johnny Reid (told him “to try” should be changed to “AM”).

9. I manifested a 6 day trip to Madrid, Spain.

10. I met & had a photo with Oprah plus had 3rd row front & centre seats for her amazing talk. Oprah&US

A Handwritten Note

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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Do YOU LOVE receiving a handwritten note?

I do and that’s why for many years I used to have many penpals, from around the world. I miss the letters in the mail and think I’m going to start writing to them instead of being on Facebook.BettLetters

A handwritten letter kept me from being homesick when I worked in the High Arctic – loved going to the post office across the street from work and seeing if I had personal mail included in the business mail. 

In the past few months, I have been going through old boxes of papers and found a couple letters from my Mother-in-Law, Beatrice Potter (nee Swayze) – I have added those to a pocket in my 2014 “52 You” project life albums.  

Seeing her handwriting, my heart skipped a beat – she was the best Mother In Law anyone could have and I miss her!  

Today, listening to Jason Wright, the Keynote Speaker for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference talked about making a difference in someone’s life simply by writing a note or letter. It doesn’t have to be a tome, a simple one page hand-written letter. Do you know some people can barely write anymore because of all the technology we use these days? Sad!

Weekly, I send out a card with a note of some kind in it and no matter what the price of stamps are, I will continue to do that – because I know at the receiving end, they are truly appreciated!

I challenge you this week, to send a handwritten note or letter to someone you have been thinking about lately, or someone who has inspired you, or someone that you know could use a “Pick Me Up!!!

A gift that is two-fold….

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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Tomorrow, my niece, Ginette, is off to Ecuador & then South America for 6 to 8 months.

For Christmas, I made her a kit that she can start using as soon as she arrives.GinettesPostcards

In previous trips abroad, the family didn’t receive regular updates and I can totally understand that trying to find an internet cafe would be taking away from the awesomeness of the trip….so I put on my thinking cap.

I made 32 postcards, addressed to Mom & Dad, included a pen to write a quick note and a little plastic bag for her to have stamps in…..all this in a ziploc of its own which then goes inside quilted wristlet.

The postcards were made from old index pages and I glued calendar images (of Canada, to remind her of home), stamped POSTCARD on the back and decorated the edges of each one differently.

Why I called it a Two-Fold Gift? Because it was for Ginette to remember Canada but also to keep her in touch with Mom & Dad (and the rest of us hearing she sent one). A win win!!!

It was a FUN gift to make and I look forward to hearing when the first one arrives home from Ecuador, and then each week after that…..