You Are Never Too Old To Try Something New

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I posted this on Instagram earlier today with the caption..."Don't listen to that voice that is telling you that you are too old to follow a dream. It's lying to you. Just sayin'."

I'm really glad I didn't believe that voice! I'll be honest I listened to it at first. But if I had continued to listen to that voice I would have never pursued my art. I would have never put myself out there. And I would have never ever released prints of my art!

I am so excited to announce that I am now carrying art prints in my shop! Eeeeek I am doing a happy dance. It is something that I have been thinking about for awhile but #1 was scared (because of that voice) and #2 I had no idea how to do it.

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So finally after kicking that voice out of my head...the one that was saying I was too old to pursue a dream or try something new, and after tons of research and trial and error, I just released my first set of art prints. It was quite the undertaking and learning process.

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It was... and still is scary because my art truly does come from my heart. I create for me and when you create from your heart it does have personal meaning attached. But I truly feel as an artist you have to create for yourself first and no one else. That's the only way the true you is going to shine through.

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Some of you may remember me creating this Believe In Your Own Magic piece on periscope. (You can still watch me create this in my classroom for FREE.) Creating this piece live in front of people really was a turning point for me. I realized I needed to listen to my own advice and believe in myself. I'm great at giving advice and supporting (just ask my teenagers) but sometimes I'm not so great at following my own advice.

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I am so thrilled to be sharing my art with you! I'm so glad I kicked the uninvited voice to the curb. I have learned so much about this process over the last few months. I'm kinda geeky like that with all the techy stuff.

I hope you will visit my SHOP and have fun browsing all the prints. You can read more details there about how I make the prints. They are truly beautiful in person and represent my original pieces so well. (Oh and I threw some art stickers in there just for fun too! Because who doesn't love stickers?)

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I hope you find something that you connect with and just makes you smile. Making you smile would truly mean the world to me! And if you do find something you can't live without please use the coupon FRIENDS20 at checkout to enjoy 20% off your entire order. (coupon good through 3/31/16) It's just my thank you to you for supporting me and cheering me on to make art. And because you are awesome! I'll be adding new prints to the shop periodically so be sure and check in often.

Please remember you are never too old to follow a dream! Never!

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Marketing Your Creative Small Biz Can Be Scary

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I have been doing something creative for as long as I can remember. Through the years I discovered I loved sharing my creative passion with others.  I have taught multiple classes in person over the years and I love helping others discover their creative hearts. I also love seeing the joy that they find in creating something with their own two hands.  Being a part of that is something so special!

That is why I am super excited about my new online classroom that will be opening it's doors in just a few days with a new art journaling class. The classroom has been a dream of mine for quite awhile and to be honest I wasn't sure it was going to happen. Those crazy voices kept coming up, you know the ones? Or are they just in my head? Well anyway, the ones in my head went something like this... "Hey, why do you think you can do this?" "You are too dang old to start a new dream." "Who the heck do you think will even take a class from you?" Those annoying voices went on and on for awhile, well for years really.

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But one day last year those voices started to quieten when I stumbled upon Creative Live, and just by chance discovered a really smart gal teaching a great class that day. As I continued to listen to her teaching, I started thinking differently and believing that maybe following my dream was possible. Maybe those voices in my head were just that...in my head.

Who knew marketing could be creative & fun?

That gal was April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburgbelle and she was actually teaching a creative business class. Wow, who knew marketing could be creative and fun and make sense? Along with those crazy voices in my head, marketing had been one of the other big things holding me back for so long. I had no idea how I would even begin to get my creative business in front of people. Now don't get me wrong, I love business stuff but marketing was one of those things that felt yucky and scary and something I wasn't sure I could do. I would have rather done 50 loads of my kids stinky sports laundry instead of market my own business. I certainly wasn't a sales person and didn't want to be.

As I listened to April that day, I realized the only way I could even begin to make my dream of sharing my creative passion with others, and owning a creative business come true was to just start putting myself out there. And that meant figuring out how to market my business.  So I promised myself that day I would just start and you know what?  I did. I started putting one foot in front of the other and just taking it day by day in between loads of laundry, picking up kids from school, running errands, going to kids' sporting events, paying bills, and well you get the idea.

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I knew it would take some time. Creating the art was the easy and fun part, but all the technical things like creating a new website, figuring out how to video classes, tackling social media, and things I hadn't even thought about was going to be a challenge. But I decided I was up for the challenge so I began the journey of following my dream.

Just short of a year later I have made some really great progress and have done most everything myself with some help from great online savvy biz friends. It hasn't happened overnight that's for sure, but that's ok because I'm enjoying the journey and the learning process.

April makes marketing make sense for creative peeps.

I still have not mastered the marketing part of my creative business and I still struggle with feeling uncomfortable getting my business in front of people. That's where April comes back into the picture. She is doing a brand new Creative Live class that starts September 29th. Being a creative herself, April has this way of asking the right questions about your business, pin pointing what you are struggling with, and coming up with great ideas to make marketing make sense for the creative peeps. I am so excited about her new class and what's even more exciting is I will be learning from her first hand in the Creative Live audience. What? Yep you heard me right, I jumped out of my comfortable little art room and landed right in the live audience. I think I might have had too much coffee on the day I hit the "I want to be in the live studio audience" button.

Even though I'm shaking in my boots, I know it's going to be a great experience and I can't wait to share it with you. I'll be sharing on Instagram and maybe even Periscope if I can. April is one of my favorite creative business teachers and the live audience is going to be full of some great smart, creative gals that will make the class even more special.

So I hope you will join me on this scary but awesome creative biz adventure! I might even wear something other than my kid's school spirit shirts and jeans and do my hair. Now you know it's getting pretty darn special if I'm getting out of my "Mom uniform".  You are welcome April and Creative Live.

Here's how to join the fun.

Keep reading to see how you can get in on the creative marketing fun and watch this awesome class for free!

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This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, come

join me and 2,500+ entrepreneurs

 who’re taking

April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing

You can RSVP and watch for FREE

Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

I hope you will join us online for class. And if you do, could you please send me a virtual hug so I don't pass out from fear? That would not be pretty. Thanks in advance, you are the best!

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