Monday, May 23, 2011

Don't Take It Personally

I was reading a blog entry by Seth Grodin and I was thinking how true it is. It may be difficult at times to not take it personally, but if someone is criticizing you, your work or both, it isn't about you, it is about them and thier decision, thier opinion. Knowing the difference between constructive criticism or critiquing and simple criticism (judging) helps. I was told recently that I am boring since I do talk about my business via social media. My business is not a 9 to 5 job, I am self employed. Market and promoting myself is a must, my name and brand do not just happen to appear in our world and make money, I have to do the work. Photo shoots, selling at art shows and galleries, commissions and stock photos, there is research, applications, letters, emails, phone calls, all part of it. Meeting and talking with others, networking, is a great tool too. Being in business for yourself means that thoughts, ideas are continuously rolling and being processed.

So next time you feel as though someone is criticizing you, just keep in mind that you are doing the best you can and keep moving forward!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A New Year!

It's hard to believe 2010 is in the past. It went by so quickly and I was pretty busy to notice. What was once just doing a few arts shows turned into having my work in galleries, an art market , retail stores, and other venues along with a few shows. I also flew to Atlanta GA in July, where I did a photo shoot for the Spark and Hustle National Conference presented by Women for Hire and Good Morning America's Tory Johnson. I have had 2 of my photos used in promotional posters for exciting art events and also in 3 Michigan newpapers and a magazine, The Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Milford Times and the Spark & Hustle Atlanta Conference Magazine. I have co-chaired for a local art gallery, juried for 2 exhibitions, and donated a few of my pieces to support some very important events. The Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield is home for one of my pieces as well. Every part of my journey was exciting and a unique learning experience. I have also met many wonderfully talented people and some have turned into great friends.

2010 was also the year that I became more involved with internet marketing and social media, kind of interesting for one who doesn't like to bring attention to herself. Being involved with Facebook has brought me many exciting opportunities and I actually located some family members that I haven't seen in decades and met some new ones too, which I am so grateful for. It's always nice to learn more about and connect with extended family.

My very busy year ended with a terrible ordeal, where I lost my beloved brother Mark.  He is at peace now and surrounded by love. Never take life for granted, it is very precious.

So.........2011 is going to be a fabulous year as I see it. I have already started making plans for upcoming art shows and will continue with my work in local  and not so local venues, my online selling through Etsy and The Gallery of the Arts, learning more photography techniques. producing some new wares with my photos (Jewely, journals and more) and plans to visit new, and interesting places.

What truly helps through my journey, is the support I receive from my husband and children, and I can't forget my other wonderful family members and my dear friends.....with your kind words and love, it builds my strength and my passion continues to grow, thank you.

I wish for you all, that this year is your best yet! Bless you all.