As I write this post sunshine is streaming through my studio window. It's the 2nd day in a row of being kissed by the sun and my soul is giddy! After nearly a month of gray skies my attitude needs a major adjustment and the sun is a welcome stranger.
"Change can be beautiful when we are brave enough to evolve with it,
and change can be brutal when we fearfully resist."
~ Bryant McGill
With Change Comes Sadness
Since making the heart-wrenching decision a month ago to discontinue my art show booth, I've felt an immense sense of grief. I know I made the right decision, but that doesn't mean it was easy.
Although meeting my art fans in-person brought me tremendous joy, the art show process didn't. With each passing show the process began to overshadow the event. Until finally the inner voice in my head was yelling so loud, I had to listen. After doing the art show circuit for years it was time to cut the cord and grow my art business online.
With Change Comes Progress
As I wrestled with my decision I reflected on a similar struggle 9 years ago that was the genesis for this 2nd version of my life (Suzy 2.0). At the time I was working a corporate job. Although successful, I wasn't happy. Change was knocking on my door.
To help guide the transition my family gifted me a "Vision to Reality" session with Patti Dobrowski from Up Your Creative Genius. Patti is an extremely gifted & fun facilitator who uses her graphic visualizations (aka art) to facilitate change. Just what this budding artist/designer needed to make my dream a reality.
Within a month of putting my colorful plan to paper I started my Suzy 2.0 life!
Only time will tell what this next transition will bring. One thing I do know -- once I make an official declaration of my intent I can do anything.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
~ Marcel Proust
With Change Comes Reflection
As I move onto this next phase of my artful life, I find myself reflecting on how I got to where I am today. While I try to have an attitude of gratitude year round, giving thanks has a deeper meaning around the holidays. I have so much to be grateful for!
My Last Corporate Boss
Knowing I was unsatisfied in my role, you pushed me out the door and provided "financing" for my Suzy 2.0 journey.
The Kitchen Guy
With no direct industry experience you took a chance on me as a designer. Together we've crafted a successful kitchen & bath business that delights our customers and perpetuates itself through an abundance of referrals.
My Suzy 2.0 Fans
Meeting you in person and through social media has been an amazing experience. There are no words to express the joy I feel when you share how my creations touch your heart.
My Family & Friends
You love me unconditionally, believe in me and are always there to lift me up. None of this would be possible without you!
With Change Comes Joy!
Having reached a certain age and perspective about life I choose to focus my time and energy doing things that bring me joy.
Fans, friends and family tell me I'm the lucky one. I've figured it out. I know what I'm passionate about. I know what brings me joy. And...I'm doing it.
Admittedly some days are harder than others. While on the surface it seems like I have it all figured out, the day-to-day reality isn't quite as rosy. As I look back over the last 9 years of my artful life as Suzy 2.0, I'm grateful I had the fortitude to take the leap of faith and make my dream come true. I guess I am the lucky one, because I wouldn't change a thing. I've found my joy.
My wish for you this holiday season is to find your joy!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
~ William Arthur Ward
If inspired by my Suzy 2.0 journey, please share something you're grateful for, or what you're doing to find your joy in the comments section.
About Suzy2point0 Creations
Using a mouse as my paintbrush I transform photos into stylized impressions of the subject matter. The 'soul' of the photo remains the same, yet I re-invent the image by accentuating its strengths and unique qualities. Thus, creating its 2.0 version.