The flags are out and the fizz is uncorked.
Thank you for your support, encouragement and companionship on this journey – I love you for it.
And now, as promised, here is Part Two of yesterday’s story.
So I’d decided to take action. Lisa Sonora Beam’s book The Creative Entrepreneur had inspired me to commit to blogging for 30 days and to create something of my own as a result of the 30 days. I did not know exactly what – but now I do (read on to find out.)
Thinking that I could do something is one thing. Actually doing it is another.
‘Maybe I should have a Goal Book?’ I thought. A handwritten journal with illustrations of my own, like Lisa Sonora Beam’s Creative Entrepreneur journal.
The Creative Entrepreneur is a guidebook with questions and exercises to work through. Lisa describes processes to use within an art journal, using it as a creative business tool – for creative people.
I loved the idea of such a journal – combining art with writing.
I was reminded of an idea I’d had years ago. It was an idea Lisa actually did. The idea was to share my own personal journal-journey in ‘episodes.’
Lisa actually did it. Then she put the episodes together into chapters and into her book called Sketchbooks.
I wrote in my diary: Other people have ideas and implement them. . .
(then immediately wrote)
Don’t go there Claire! That is not a story I want to tell or have be my reality.
I explored further in my written journal, toying with the idea of creating my own free 30-day project and follow-up paid for product. At this stage I had no firm idea of exactly what to create for either the freebie or the paid product. But I was beginning to feel inspired and a little excited.
The Creative Entrepreneur book was being sent from the USA and was due to arrive in a month’s time.
On 14 March, I began my Goal Book.
I didn’t like that name. So, I called it my Art-Biz Journal.
On page one I wrote the names of creative people who currently inspire me, (including Lisa Sonora) with a brief description for each person.
As an after-thought I added my own name to the page.
Then I wrote “REMEMBER to also place yourself on your altar.”
Metaphorically, I’ve only just realised what I’d done – put my name on the same page as people who inspire me.
I hope those who see my art journal will also be inspired in some way.
Because my art-biz journal is what I have chosen to give away as my freebie. Not the original of course! But a copy.
That was not my initial intention. I had various ideas for the freebie, all along similar lines, each idea getting more involved and more complicated than the last. At this rate it’d take months to produce.
I initially thought the freebie could be a combination of my art-biz journal and my personal diary – both revealing the behind the scenes stuff, with my comments added (as a result of lessons learned!)
I thought I’d share all the back-room stuff of what was going on in my head throughout this 30-Day challenge.
If I shared my journey and lessons learned, I hoped it might help others – people like me. People who were trying to create something dear to their hearts and were sometimes struggling.
But I soon realised that combining relevant parts of the two journals and writing the blurb to go with it, was going to take time to piece together.
Eventually, I decided to go for an easier option for the freebie.
Easy in terms of physically putting it together into a pdf or e-book. Not easy in terms of sharing it. It’s personal.
But whilst honest sharing isn’t always easy it is something I’ve got to do.
Don’t worry friends and family it’s all about creating stuff not skeletons in the cupboard.
But it will show a side of me that you won’t see on the blog. As will the book.
So I am going to share the art-biz journal as-it-is. With all my false starts and messiness – and rainbows!
The art-biz journal is a place for the seed of an idea. The initial inspirations and tentative plans.
Some ideas you may not pick up and run with. But the journal is the place where you get them ALL down.
Using colour and being arty in the journal pages makes it more fun and visually appealing. You want a journal that contains your business plans to be fun to use. If it’s dry and boring you won’t want to work in it.
I love using my art-biz journal but I especially like how it is moving me forward. I can see how I am progressing.
My aim and intention in sharing my art-journal – and in creating the book – is to encourage anyone on a similar creative journey to know they are not alone. There is no problem or challenge they cannot solve – and the journal helps with that. As does self-care and self-love of course.
Abraham-Hicks: You are your own worst enemy or your own best friend.
The art-biz journal is a fun way of progressing your business ideas and goals. Even if you’ve been stuck for years. If something is important enough to you, you will succeed. In your journal you will discover what is important to you.
I was inspired by Lisa Sonora Beam’s creations, her work, her book. Her book has inspired me to create my own book. My wish is that my book then inspires others to create their books or products.
I even drew a little diagram of how that might happen in my second art-biz journal. (The first one filled up fast!)
The art-biz journal I’m sharing as a freebie is rough and ready. It’s messy and raw and real. It’s all the things I was hoping the 30-Day blog-anything challenge would be. Real. Authentic. And with a product created as a result of it.
I got what I wanted, but in a roundabout way.
What I didn’t realise is how the 30-day blog challenge, the art-biz journal and my personal diary, would all meld together to create something else. Funny how these things work out.
I’m eager to get to work. I hope you enjoy the art-biz journal when it’s ready.
I’ll be sending it to you next week. By then, the planet Mercury will no longer be retrograde. Better safe than sorry!
You’ll need to sign up to the newsletter – so I know where to send it! I promise I won’t bug you, and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.
Thanks again for everything. I couldn’t have done it without you. And I promise – no more daily emails!
Lots of Love
POST NOTE 9 May 2017
The freebie in the end is not the whole art-biz journal, it is a fraction of it. I was going to publish the journal pages without explanation. But without explanation the pages would have made no sense.
Also, taking over 100 photos of the art-biz journal and editing them into a book is no small task! (I know, I tried it.) So instead, I created a freebie with:
- an introduction to the Art-Biz journal
- a selection of journal pages with the meaning of each page created, and
- a brief conclusion.
I think combining art pages and writing into the freebie is a better idea than simply art pages alone. After all, that is what the Art-Biz journal is all about – combining art and writing and using both sides of the brain to take your ideas and inspirations forward.
My Art-Biz journal is a sacred container for my business ideas. It’s a tool that is working very well for me – like no other!
Without my Art-Biz journal I would not have:
- undertaken (and completed) my 30-Day Blog Anything project
- created my Art-Biz Journal freebie
- begun speedily progressing ideas for further creations
- felt as eager and excited as I do, working not just in, but on my business
Work is becoming far more fun – I think that is key to success
The Art-Biz Journal has literally transformed my working life. I’m looking forward to seeing what emerges next. I am working on my new book and am excited about that – and about what’s after that!
Lastly, I love learning lessons as I travel along my path and I love not giving myself too much of a hard time when I make mistakes.
One thing I have surely learned:
It’s best not to tell others that you will create something unless it’s almost (or already) created. The creative process is a funny old thing, and what seems like a fabulous idea today may prove unworkable or uninspiring tomorrow. Keep your ideas about your creations to yourself – until you’re absolutely sure what you want to do, or until your creation is almost created.
If you want to download the Freebie, Art-Biz Journal – a book for writers, artists and PLMs, simply subscribe in one of the boxes to the right (or below). You’ll get the link straight away.