by Sydney Francis
Scott and I had a successful, joyful, and busy weekend at our new studio, next to Mother Road Brewery downtown on Mikes Pike. Our Grand Opening on Friday, August 2nd was bustling with great feedback and art sales. On Saturday, we were busy doing a Make & Take that supports the Conservation Hero program, protecting and preserving Arizona wildlife, in partnership with Mother Road Brewing Co. and Arizona Game and Fish.
Guests at First Friday Art Walk, August 2nd
As you can imagine, we worked really hard to be ready for our Grand Opening. Honestly, on Thursday morning before the Art Walk I was crying at the studio in tears about working so hard with so little evidence of success.
Although sales were good, which was confirmation of our work and our art, what really inspires me and keeps me going is when people come to me and say that we are inspiring them. Several people came to the Art Walk or to a Saturday event and said that we are inspiring them by pursuing the work that we love. They have seen our 30 day challenge art posts and the opening of the studio and they are heartened to see that doing fulfilling and purpose driven work is possible.
Thank you so much for your positive comments, feedback and support! It fulfills us deeply and means a lot.
Saturday's Make & Take with Arizona Fish and Game
Believing and pursuing your dream is infectious and that is what I want to write about this week…
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
A goal is a dream with a deadline. -Napoleon Hill
At the end of the day, what Scott and I are pulling off with our art and our studio takes a healthy dose of belief, primarily self-belief. I have had some dark days this year, where in a form of despair, I did not think going forward was possible or desirable. On these days I was grappling with my self-belief and inner demons about what I am capable of.
I am finding with Liquiterra and our goals that there are some key ingredients that help Scott and I succeed as artists and in business:
- Belief (I would say this is the hardest one for me)
- Visualization and Imagination
Here are three excellent resources I have used this year to help me build my belief and keep going with the dream:
Marie Forleo-- Earlier this year, I attended Marie Forleo’s B-school, a comprehensive business and marketing program for creative entrepreneurs . She has a wonderful book coming out called Everything is Figureoutable, which if you pre-order it, you can enroll in a free 5 day coaching program. Details at everythingisfigureoutable.com
Mike Dooley-- Another favorite of mine is Mike Dooley’s work of The Universe Talks and Thoughts become Things. Mike Dooley has many different offerings to help you manifest the life of your dreams at TUT.com
Napoleon Hill-- Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich. This book is packed with insight and very valuable information on creating what you want in life. It does not have to be wealth that you are after. I highly recommend his “Self-Confidence” formula.