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Hey Deb, I read the article about cupcakes. Yeah, much to learn and practice. Somedays, it just seems like you have to dive in where ever you are. Give no thought to whether its safe or 'ideal'; just do it!
Thanks, Mary ~ more accurately stated: "Eddie is artistic, poetic, lyrical, a friend, counselor and preacher of God's word." I say it that way for my sake and yours (and everyone) as well. Get 'er done! Don't stop at creating the work, helping our neighbor or the homeless guy living near your business. When discontent nags at your consciousness, get up and go do something. Open your heart, mind and soul to the message being said.
Guys, great discussion today. You all are touching on EXACTLY what I've been struggling with for these past almost 4 years with my Buzz character.
I saw the opportunity to, as Seth Godin puts it, create a platform, in my case using Buzz. It started to come together as a culmination of many of the things that define me now or that I want to define me...humor, playfulness, creativity, marketing, passion, strength, courage, compassion, integrity... Then I started doubting whether it could work. I wanted to integrate writing on various topics, music, drama, poetry to reflect my heart, as well as spotlight others as everyday heroes. Having a single theme has been the idea all along, but as Billie reminded me yesterday, I need to be specific about what I'm offering. Sometimes I feel like I need a team of people to help me better flesh this out. Wait, that's you all! :)
The question is, can I combine everything together under the Buzz Marketeer brand and have a clear, concise, marketable and profitable venture? Thank you all!!
Deby, so sorry to hear of your friend's loss. How tragic. :(
I'm glad you are okay. And you are right, it's sad that sometimes it takes a tragedy to put things in perspective.
Eddie, you are very poetic. I like what you said. ...And you're right about moving past an "either/or" lifestyle...I was just listening to one of Dan's podcasts this morning and he mentioned that Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) says to instead of trying to decide either/or, try embracing AND.
I guess the lawyer idea was like "hey, I wanna make the big bucks...and I'm great at debate, public speaking, writing, organizing, ...I'd make a good lawyer" But deep down, (and I may still do it) I didn't feel like it was really a calling or that I was exactly lead to be a lawyer. I just thought I could do it, make a decent income, and my children would have a comfortable lifestyle. Also, I could build orphanages and rape/abuse victim therapy centers for non-profit if I made a lot of money.
Art, though, is something that makes me "come alive" in a good way. I get excited, anticipating and cherishing a few quiet moments to spend painting. I think, judging by the way the doors just keep opening, it's the right fit. (Just yesterday someone from my church contacted me asking me to donate 1-3 paintings that will be displayed for the whole church to see. (2,000+ people). )
Thank you for your encouragement!
Guest writer for my blog post today:
What Cupcakes Taught Me About Marketing Art
Please read and leave a comment on the blog. Thanks!!
A great flow going on over here! Kenneth, I'm looking out the window at grey-green skies, so I'm getting a little of what you got last night. Hopefully without a flooded basement. Definitely helps me to appreciate what's important.
Mary, for many years I've felt "lead" to consider counseling. When my wife, a school teacher for many years, returned to get a certificate for school counseling, it felt like a kick in the pants, so I enrolled as she was finishing her degree. That was in 2007. In 2009 (I'm fast-forwarding past a few mid-course corrections to get to the main point) I begin painting again. I felt "lead" to do that as well. When I relaxed, allowed the art to flow, it was as if I were the apostle John, sitting in the presence of our Savior in His glory! It was glorious, brilliant, incredible! So much so, after a few months at it, I made an appointment with my graduate advisor and told him I wanted to get out of the program.
Here's the point: A good friend said of me: "Eddie, you are a counselor (this is years before) you just need the paper (degree) to say you are." But I realized then and now, I will always be a counselor. I will always be a poet, a story teller, a preacher and an artist. If you, Mary, think it is part of who you are, to the extent you need to pursue a degree in law, then by all means, go for it. But it sounds like art should remain a vital part of your practice.
We are definitely moving out of a "either/or" lifestyle, where one's career has to be set in stone, and until one is ready to retire. I think many of us - no matter how "old" we think we are - are finding we ARE fluid, crossing and mingling disciplines, because they exist within us. And in truth, the only way to live is to be "over here" and sometimes "over there."
To everyone, GO FOR IT!!! And do it with all your might!
I'm not 100% sure about law school, but was going to do it and see what happens (move towards the goal and see if it's part of God's plan) I do like to learn. Right now my life is very busy, almost too busy! So, I'm sort of feeling it all out. I want to pursue the painting as long as God keeps opening doors there, where He leads, I'm following. I'm kind of taking it a day at a time for right now. :) I really appreciate all the advice and support!
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