Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

I Embraced Vulnerability. And Started A Blog. My Story.

Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media

Welcome to the final part of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I’ve tried to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small businesses that, let’s be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone aspiring to build a creative business.

In part II of this seriesMary Williams of Creating to Love shared with us what it is like as someone who jumped in and embraced vulnerability from the start.

In part III of this series, Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJade Creative and IndigoJade Art shared with us how she navigates social media as a business owner and creative who for years has helped small businesses tell their story.

And in this final part I share my story and how vulnerability led me to start this blog.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!


 

Okay guys, I’m finally doing it. I’m finally sitting down to write this blog post on vulnerability. I’m pushing that big old ego aside that has been telling me not to share, that has been dwelling in fear, and I’m diving in.

Before the Blog

I’ve never been a particularly outgoing person. As a child I adopted the approach to life that it was best to just blend in to the background…to not draw attention to myself. I learned to be a good listener versus a talker because that was safe. Continue reading “Part IV. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Part III. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

Boundaries. Authenticity. Your Biz And Social Media.

How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media Part III

 

Welcome to Part III of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I hope to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small businesses that, let’s be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!

 


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone aspiring to build a creative business.

In part II of this seriesMary Williams of Creating to Love shared with us what it is like as someone who jumped in and embraced vulnerability from the start.

Today, Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJade Creative and IndigoJade Art shares with us how she navigates social media as a business owner and creative who for years has helped small businesses tell their story. I was lucky enough to connect with Lisa early on when I started blogging, and have found her advice, support and friendship invaluable. In fact, we previously collaborated on the blog post Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass.

I think you’ll enjoy reading what Lisa has to say, and hearing the advice she gives her clients.


Social media has definitely changed the way we share our lives and our work.

I believe it can take several years to really find a good balance of use. Our lives are so much bigger and more interesting than what we all show in the squares/posts! It’s easy to get caught up in what we see and it can be a huge strain on time and mental health.

Continue reading “Part III. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Part II. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

 

How Vulnerable Should You Be On Social Media II

 

Welcome to Part II of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I hope to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small business that, lets be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!

 


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone new to the game and just starting a creative business.

Today, Mary Williams of Creating to Love shares with us what it is like as someone who just went for it, jumping in feet first and embracing vulnerability on social media from the start. Mary decided that if she was going to be on social media and share her art, she was going to be super honest about the process and her challenges.


 

Why I Jumped In

I believe that we’re all vulnerable, all the time.

It is a choice to acknowledge that simple fact, and then to take it a step further and share our vulnerability with others.

I’ve been longing to live a more creative life for some time now. I loved art as a child and don’t know why I wandered so far away from that beautiful interest. I currently have a part time portrait photography business, but it just doesn’t feed my artistic interests in the ways I truly need.

As a stay-at-home mom, I feel a need to have a place or time each day (usually when my children are sleeping) to just express myself, to just be. All these reasons made me decide to do The 100 Day Project this past spring. This is what really pushed me to put myself out there, create and share it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly all became meaningful to me because of my desire to explore this calling to create. It’s authentic, and I’m deeply grateful for this part of my life.

Continue reading “Part II. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

When you are just starting out…so much anxiety…so many questions

How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media - Part I

 

Welcome to Part I of a IV part series on vulnerability. Now, we all know that Brene Brown is the queen of this topic. If you want to dive deep, and really understand what vulnerability means to our lives, and to our growth as human beings, I would highly recommend that you visit her website and watch her Ted Talk.

Here, I’m just hoping to share with you different view points and thoughts on being vulnerable. And to share what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small business that, lets be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!


 

I’m starting this series with Virginia, AKA The Happy Artisan.

She is a designer and artist who I’ve had many great conversations with on Instagram. I find her to be warm and approachable. And in this interview she is extremely vulnerable, sharing her anxiety about joining Instagram and knowing how much of herself she should share.

I’m excited to start with this interview because I think what Virginia has to say reflects how most of us have felt at some time or another as we’ve embarked on a creative career.

 

JOINING INSTAGRAM

My name is Virginia and for the last couple of years I have been a part of the Instagram community, under the name of my label, The Happy Artisan. I have been working to slowly build the Happy Artisan into a little business…not quite there yet, but trying!

It took me a long time to build up the courage to join Instagram. I was particularly nervous about sharing my art and creative work with virtually the entire world. I have been on Facebook for years, but joining Instagram felt different. With Facebook I felt more in control of who saw my posts and who I interacted with…ultimately how much I shared about myself.

A fellow artist encouraged me to join Instagram as a platform to showcase my work, get known and network with like-minded people. I had no idea how to ‘use’ Instagram to my advantage nor did I think people would be at all interested in what I had to offer.

However, I’ve discovered since joining Instagram that, if used well, it is the perfect social media platform to help promote you in the way you want to be seen by the world. And it is certainly helping me get my art out there in a way that just starting up a website would not have done. Continue reading “Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

For years I struggled to follow my passion…then I relaxed. And it started unfolding naturally.

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

I have so much fun connecting with artists thru Instagram and highlighting amazing designers on the blog. I’m finding that lifting up artists, supporting them and encouraging them, brings me joy.

As I’ve talked to artists I’ve discovered that many of them, when telling me about their career in surface design, often apologize. They say ‘well I didn’t go to art school’, or ‘I’m just now getting into this field,’ as if it is a bad thing that they are new to the game and just now building their art business. Continue reading “Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It”