Category: Creative Outlets


Even though I tried to muster through July with as brave a face as I could muster, I was still a bit discouraged although I really couldn’t put it into words that would be easy to explain to family and friends without having them fussing over me or trying to talk it out.

This month made me think of how my current boss mentioned while I interviewed with her that I would need time to transition from one job to another. I would essentially be going through a job form of “grief”. At that time of my interview, I thought nothing of it. I hated my old job and was very eager to move on and experience the relief from what I’d experienced, but that “grief” must have been what manifested in August and it was rough.

Then I stumbled across this song. And although my situation was no where near to the point that one of this band’s members had experienced, it certainly called and was a reminder that it was ok for me to just let it out and say whatever, even if I didn’t quite know how. Of course, I don’t act on it, but it’s always good to have the reminder that I should if needed.

That was August. Rather uneventful, yet busy and emotion-filled all at once.

Pocket Full of Gold

Continuing the streak of American Authors (whom must be my new spirit animal), This song came with good timing. I had my first experience representing my business at a county fair with not such awesome results, started a new job which left me, at first, very nervous and leery with how things were first kicking off, and dealing with a bit of distressful news regarding one of my cats and the vet not really being able to give answers to her condition without performing a very expensive ultra sound that, thanks to starting my new job at the time, I could not afford to have done.

This song came at a prime moment. This newest album was released on the weekend of my fair and carried me through the month, helping me regroup, reinvent, and restart. This song reminded me that we wish for all these things or plan for things to go perfectly and smoothly, but we don’t have to get caught up on what was done or happened. We just have to accept that things didn’t go well, but we don’t have to stop there.

It’s definitely a beat a I can dance to.

Selling at Fairs : Why NOT to Get Discouraged

I’ve been working really hard on close to all my spare moments on my side business that I’m slowly trying to shift more and more into the public eye. I have spent hours researching tips to business success. I whittled away hours on Pinterest for advice on craft fairs, booth set up and what people wished they had known going into their first fair. The irony of it all?

It didn’t really matter because the fair its self was just the wrong one for my product.

Wrong audience. Wrong focus. Wrong place.

And there is NO WAY to know that fact unless you are planning years in advance to scout out one particular fair and how they handle their vendors, where they put them, watch how interested the targeted crowd are in shopping with the art vendors. And guess what? Events are usually switching things up each year. Very rarely is it the same thing every year so it’s nearly impossible to predict what to expect the next year.


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On Top of the World

June felt like whirlwind and I was sort of everywhere with finding music that inspired me. I was putting youtube on the background while working on things I needed to get together for the end of the month. This song kept popping up on whatever random lists I was selecting and pretty much became my theme for the month. It’s a little on the old side, but I had honestly never heard it until this month. And it was perfect.


I Won’t Let You Down

I made some very huge decisions in May. I put in my resignation notice to my work. I interviewed somewhere. Got hired at a place I’m very eager to start working with in July. Prepped like a crazy lady for the County Fair my side business will be attending over the Fourth of July holiday. There were lots of things happening and although the majority of it was extremely exciting, some of it was a little nerve-wracking.

M-Train was rather helpful in reminding me that I have to have the right attitude for myself to keep it going. All these changes are going to be for great things, I’m sure of it. And I cannot wait to keep pushing myself forward!

I’m Born to Run

This song makes me want to hit the road and really go all out in what I can do and discover. I absolutely love it. Ironically, it fit my birthday weekend celebrating quite nicely as we just ran with what I wanted and we justified much by the fact of even though we would plan more in the future, that was no excuse to skip something I might want to give a try. What made it ironic was that I discovered this song on our drive home from Napa.

The rest of the month was no exception. I got my business certified in name and got accepted to feature as an artist at a Napa county fair. I had a very promising interview and just all sorts of things. It was very exciting.

So get out there and do something unexpected. Never stop. 🙂