The Art of Being

This week, I spent some time with some women who are so inspirational to me. Lori Vrba, Holly Mathis, Susan Koozin and Cheryl Schulke. An artist, a decorator, an actress and a bag designer. Each one wildly successful in their creative field. The common thread is that they are pursuing their passion. And it's not always easy.
Their excitement for the work they do is palpable and contagious. They have kids, families, overhead and the same real life problems everyone else has. And they do it anyway. And it's not always easy.
I meet women all the time that say they want to quit their jobs and do something creative  like paint furniture, be a decorator, a designer,  have a shop, open an etsy store, write a blog, be a photographer. And they get stuck. Because it's not always easy. And they're right!
It's not easy to sit in front of a computer for hours editing pictures, sourcing products, or to face unreasonable client demands, or rejection, or feel like all the work you put out there just doesn't matter because who can compete with the talent or over saturation of online media or Joe Schmoe who might be better? 

How does one start?

Lori says "begin anywhere".
I say start "being". 

To begin is the most important step in pursuing your passion. Make your move. Know that you will make adjustments as you go. But you must begin. Make/do/write/paint/anything and everything that inspires you until you get specific. Give yourself creative freedom.  BE a painter. BE a decorator. BE a writer. Take action. Ideas will build on themselves and you'll start to hear and see your own unique voice. You'll never stop learning. You'll screw up. Big time. You'll fail. It's a guarantee. You'll want to quit. You might actually quit. You'll feel insecure, you'll doubt yourself ALL THE TIME (except sometimes when you know you NAILED IT. trust me, it's how this whole thing works), you'll hate what you made, or wrote or painted or photographed. But since it's your passion, you'll come back stronger and more determined. Say "yes" to yourself and to every opportunity that presents itself for you to BE the thing you want to be. 

True Story: A year and a half ago I was working my butt off on a blog post. Editing pictures, slowly uploading to Blogger with my boys in the house on the last day of Christmas break..driving me out of my mind. No was bad. They were running circles around the very table I had just photographed, throwing balls in the house, being boys. Very loud, rough boys. Every negative thought running through my mind..."why am i doing this? who CARES? it's too HARD to keep up with this and take care of my family". But I managed to hit "publish" on a post that was a game changer for me.
A few days later an unexpected e-mail came through my inbox that said "Hello from Heather Bullard", asking me if I would like to have my home featured in Souvenir Magazine. I had followed Heather and admired her work for years. 
I thought I was being punk'd.
A feature of my home turned into my becoming a contributor to Souvenir. The cherry on top was Heather asking me to assist her on a recent Country Living photo shoot. That was a first for me and I loved it.  All because I didn't give up on a day that wasn't easy. I was BEING a designer, BEING a blogger and sharing my work.  And it wasn't easy. 
But that's how passion works.
Are you stuck? Where will you begin? Leave me a comment if you're around this weekend. I would love to hear what big dreams you're dreaming! 

one of my favorite singer/songwriters

Souvenir Magazine Summer Issue 2012

The summer issue of Souvenir Magazine is available today! It's 122 ad free pages full of beautiful features and photos from a team of inspiring and talented contributors. I am so honored to be part of Heather Bullard's team! 
In this issue, I visited the antique shows in Round Top. If you've ever wanted to go, you will enjoy a close up look at some of my favorite dealers and deals. There are also resources to help you plan your next trip this fall.

Souvenir Magazine Summer Issue

Enjoy a free preview of features and photographs below (click the "expand" button to view):

Souvenir is a seasonal lifestyle magazine featuring gorgeous homes, beautiful ideas for entertaining, delicious recipes, simple crafts, lifestyle and travel stories and amazing shops and collectibles.  

Click here to purchase your copy.  

Souvenir Sneak Peek

It's almost time! The Summer issue of Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine comes out July 10th and here's a peek of what's to come:

I'm so excited to be a contributor to the summer issue and can't wait to see the rest of this beautiful online magazine.
You can follow Souvenir on Facebook and sign up to be notified when the latest issue becomes available. You will love this beautifully edited online magazine that's ad free and ipad friendly. 

Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine Available Today

Look at that beautiful cover! I've seen some sneak peeks and believe're going to love every page of Souvenir Lifestyle MagazineHeather Bullard has put together a beautiful publication with page after page of Spring inspiration, all ad free.. I am just blown away by the amazing group of talented contributors featured. I am so pleased and grateful to be a part of this gorgeous magazine.


Spring Sneak Peek

Wow...what a great time we had on the Frio River!  The area is absolutely beautiful and I have some great pics to share this week.

I had this waiting for me when we got home...a beautiful sneak peek  of the upcoming Spring issue of Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine:

I'm so inspired by these talented contributors. I can't wait to see the full issue which will be available Tuesday, March 20. The first day of Spring!

Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine

I am so excited to tell you that I will be a contributor to the Spring issue of Heather Bullard's
online magazine Souvenir (available March 20th) . The lifestyle magazine is expanding to feature over 100 pages of beautiful homes, travel, recipes, crafts and ideas for entertaining. In addition to the online digital version, there is also an iPad friendly version as well as being available in printed form.
To subscribe click here . You can follow Souvenir on Facebook, too.

If you would like to see some of Heather's recent work, pick up the March issue of Country Living to see the fantastic and fun cover produced and styled by Heather:

Thank you Heather for such an exciting opportunity. Now.... go subscribe!