Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time to think...

As I mentioned before I am taking an on line course from Creative Thursday called In the fish bowl, life as an artist online.  So far it's been so fun meeting new artists on line and just feeling like you are not alone out there.  There is so much information out there that it can be so overwhelming.  But, it is also so fun learning all new ways to connect to other artists and promote your artwork online.

This week Marisa, the teacher of the class, gave us a few questions to ponder about where we are in our life as an artist.  One question that I thought was so great is What does success look like to you?  What an interesting idea. When I first thought of the question, I came up with pretty typical answers...I want to sell more jewelry, have my work known, etc.. Then, I thought more about the idea of success, I thought wait...success is so much more.

I sat down with my journal and here are some of my thoughts. 

Success to me is feeling like I am growing creatively and personally. It is having something in my life that allows me to let out all the emotions rolling around in my head. It is having the time to be creative and still have time to be with my children, giving them what they need and enjoying them. It is feeling like I am giving to others.

It's funny, when I think of success in those ways, I feel so much more content.  It's always amazing to me how you can look at something like success and think of it in so many different ways.  I am so looking forward to exploring thoughts and ideas like this with my new group of fellow fishies!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderfully successful day! Stacie 

8 comments:

Allison said...

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately too. I'm excited to start this new year with a renewed energy and creativity.
With my family at the heart of all my decisions and acknowledging that time is precious, I think this will be a year full of successes and joy. I want to explore more deeply my heritage and Korean customs and bring them forward in my work and life.
Cheers to you, Stacie, for a great and successful journey this year!

Rebekah Leigh said...

Hi Stacie, just popped into your blog for the first time, I too have the same feelings about success, its funny how your ideas of things change when you really think about what it would really mean isn't it? I'm really excited about this e course and am looking forward to getting to know everyone better. I hope you have a great weekend :-)

stacie said...

Allison, I'm excited for you to follow your dreams! Can't wait for the book :)

stacie said...

Rebekah, Thanks so much for stopping by! I am still trying to get to all the fishies blogs...so many talented people! Looking forward to getting to know everyone better too.

Suzy said...

Hi Stacie! Thank you for checking out my blog!
I too can relate to what you said, that "when I think of success in those ways, I feel so much more content." I lose my way sometimes and think of success, honestly, almost completely money-wise: telling myself I need to make money, comparing myself to my peers (creative enterpreneurs and those who have careers), setting these goals that are realistically years off for me. But when I look at it like this, viewing success as feeling fulfilled and happy in my work, as finding new opportunities, as enjoying my home life and nurturing my relationships with my family, I'm so much happier!
See you in the fish bowl!

Karla of enRouge said...

Hi Stacie! It was really a nice surprise to have you stop by . . . Your blog looks wonderful. I think you have blogging down pat--lots of good stuff here! I'm loving the Fishbowl . . there's so much to think about. See you there!

stacie said...

Suzy, Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about success. I'm glad I'm not the only one who connects success to money too much. There really is so much more to all this creativity stuff :)

stacie said...

Karla, Thanks for your praise about my blog! I've come along way with it from last year. It's still a work in progress, but isn't everything?