Expanding the Product Range - Behind the Scenes
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
- Maya Angelou
We live in a society that constantly feeds you with so much content of selling hopes, dreams and desires. There is a massive passivity attached to being fed on a daily basis by social media and advertising. You can either end up with an energy of just wanting things that seem unattainable and constantly out of your reach or you can completely switch off to your own inner stirrings and accept your 'this is your lot' and don't pursue any inkling of a creative dream or path inside.
Sometimes you can move towards that 'something' that stirs in your soul as a creative pursuit and its not long before the rising 'inner critic' soon has you firmly back in your place of keeping the status quo. After all - you don't have the ability, talent, right, expertise, know-how .. blah blah blah! Or how often have you caught yourself waiting for that moment that things will change for the better. Like someone or something is going to arrive out of the blue knocking on your door to offer you your ideal job, spot your creative talent, recognise your inherent genius or just give you that break you know you so richly deserve. Or don't deserve depending if the 'inner critic' is on the loose!
What I have found is the first step is discovering what that burning 'something' really is inside of you. Sometimes you can't even see this or haven't even discovered that yet. You can even know its there but you don't know what it is. That alone is whole other blog post.... So I best write about that another time.
Once you have that smallest seed of a Vision, or a 'Way' that opens up and inspires you to activate on some level of creative fulfilment. There comes up a point that you have to commit. You have to commit with your time, energy and dedication. And more than anything - you have to commit to be available to grow that seed and be grown by that seed that is calling you forward. You commit to Love it, spend time with it, nurture it, play with it, water it, speak softly to it, LISTEN to it and allow it to have space in your heart and in your life.
I have been nurturing a seed for quite a while. Actually my painting - 'Carrier of the Seeds of Potential' which was my first painting that I completed over 3 years ago now. Was that first mirror of doorway into a Vision that I was being called into. I was 'knowing' this profound turning point in my life but I didn't yet understand the extent of what it was asking or where it was taking me. Daily now more of that Vision manifests. Deeper direction flows the way open. The seed has sprouted shoots, reached for the sky and now enters a new phase of growth.
That growth has bought me to here. Where I am learning what it is to apply myself consistently to the Vision I am called to manifest. I have to take the small steps towards that Vision and at the same time being willing for that Vision to expand into its potential, illume areas I hadn't seen, re-orientate my direction, learn, soften and open the mind and body to embody and actualise this unique expression of individuality.
The start to 2018 for me has been a deep dive into business planning, upgrading my skills and learning new ones. And today I have launched a new 'Talisman Range Pendant', a new product range 'For Him', and spent over the last four weeks taking hundreds, (maybe more like thousands!) of photographs for my online product pages. Now they reflect to me the design and details in my artistry and where I know I am heading. Its fresh, new and I am knowing the leap inside of me that has taken place for me to create and more importantly manifest at this level.
I decided to write this blog to inspire and encourage you. For those that already follow my work, or maybe you have just come across my artistry - Im hoping you do delight in what you see. And the resonance of a thing of Beauty is tangible to you.
However like the beautiful quote I wrote at the top of this page - becoming a butterfly in your own life and not just spending all your time thinking about or chasing butterflies; means you have to let the process happen that changes YOU. You have to commit to keep evolving with the creative inspiration that comes knocking on your door. Some times its not easy, doesn't look so hot and asks way TOO much of you from beyond your comfort zone.
You have to apply your self to whatever you want to manifest in the world – you will still be manifesting something whether you are consciously choosing that or not. So why not apply your self to what you really would love to do? Engaging with the creative process in this way becomes a heartfelt transformational practice. Taking you beyond your comfort zones and beyond your known possibilities for how you live your life. An engaged practice that liberates your mind, illumes your heart and brings deep joy and nourishment to your daily life.