Today I made:
baby steps towards my creative business...
While I don't currently have my own classroom, teaching and learning are still at the heart of what I do. I don't think I could have it any other way. This week began with a visit to a kindergarten classroom where I'll be helping out for a few days. I forget how much I enjoy this age group. The day was filled with stories about the treasures they keep in their pockets, their visits from the tooth fairy, the bicycles they "drive" and tall tales of how they came across their latest "ouchie." These little people are making their way into the world, practicing what it means to be a part of a community outside of their families, learning so many new things in baby steps. They are constructing meaning like they would a block tower, by design trial and error and tumbles and rebuildings. They seem to know that learning is not meant to happen overnight. When do we forget that? When we are five and six, learning is our job. I'm pretty sure it's the most fun and rewarding business to be in. "What do you do?" "Oh, I'm a sponge for knowledge," they would probably say if they realized. "I work long hours and get payed in understanding and stickers."
Last week I began my first e-course, offered by Kelly Rae Roberts. Kelly Rae is a self-taught mixed media artist and creative business maven. I discovered her inspiring story and art shortly after beginning my journey as an artist three years ago (before I was calling myself an artist.) She is one of my heroes. Thanks to her, I am in school again reading, researching, taking notes, giving myself homework- and it's oh so much fun! And hard work. I need to remind myself to take it one step at a time.
Besides giving me a sudden craving for peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, my day in kindergarten also reminded me of how valuable it is to acknowledge our baby steps in the learning process. Even as big kids, we need to be patient with ourselves and trust that the connections will be made and the understanding will be reached. Whether we are learning numbers and letter sounds, or the ins and outs of turning your creative dreams into a soulful business, we must trust the process and be gentle with ourselves when attempting to learn something new.
If you have yet to discover (and fall madly in love with) Kelly Rae Roberts, please do yourself a favor and check out her work. This gal is amazing on so many levels. http://kellyraeroberts.com
I'm off to do some learning!