I’ve had very little caffeine this week, not for any particular reason but that it feels like a good choice right now. I doubt it’s forever. Decaf green tea with half a spoon of turmeric honey stirred in is floating my boat instead. More fruits, veggies and whole foods and less junk is feeling good too.
I’ve finally been exercising again, sometimes 5 times a week. Some days it’s a 2 + mile walk at lunch, others it’s a mashup of HIIT routines in the evening. I’m planning to add some dancing in the evenings too because I went and signed up to dance at the final ever Bellydance Showcase in late April (it’s a blast, there are great vendors, and you’ll see all levels of dance in an amazing, supportive environment – join me! I’m Raven on Sunday afternoon). It feels good.
I’ve been listening to this awesome podcast during my lunchtime walks – Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. Tiffany Han talks to creative people (and believes deeply in Just Start). I know many of these names, I follow many of their blogs, I already admire their creativity and I love to hear other creative people talk about everything that goes into getting there, staying there, and being there. Yes!
I want to make a business out of being creative – art, craft, vintage, what have you (talk about an inspiring lady!). I think that means I need to change my brand from Curly Girl Press to something else – I have no brand or presence out there right now, I know this, yet I feel like I would be falsely riding the coat tails of Curly Girl Designs, a brand I really love and respect, in keeping my current name. She’s worked too hard to have someone else try to come in to the industry who works with paper, often in collage, even if what I do isn’t what she does so well, AND with a brand name one word off of her’s. The names are too close for me to feel respectful. I may write and ask her opinion.
I would like to work 4 days at my day job and 1 at my creative life during the week. That will mean some significant changes in the background – some loss of income, some changes at home, but it’s the only way I can see to make positive steps in the direction of becoming self-employed because trying to do it all on the weekend isn’t working. I would gladly donate a good portion of my wardrobe for some house elves but I don’t think that’s an option, either…
I’m talking this all through with Matt.
Hi Universe, this is me taking that first step. This is me making plans and setting goals. This is me getting unstuck. This is me raising my hand and saying yes, and *starting*.