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"Ultimately no one will remember the car you drove, the clothes you wore, or whether that piece of art you created was perfect. They forever will remember your joyful smile, your charisma, your eccentric characteristics and how you made them feel."
Happy Holidays! HOHOHO just 9 days to go ;-)
It's fun when you get to take a little time to do something that refills your well. I was fortunate that I got to do just that this past weekend.
I have a group of really wonderful friends who, with our metal mentor, meet to play and tighten up our jewelry-making skills. We forged necklace collars, bracelets, made a button clasp, and worked on hinges!
I came back to work Monday refreshed and grateful for the company and experience. Did I have the time to really take this mini-vacation? Was it the opportune week in this holiday month to take two days of play just for me?
No, but I can tell you that life is awfully short. You don't know how many more tomorrows there will be or opportunities to play. So my new motto for 2012 is "play well and be present." I'm going to diligently work on playing more and being present while enjoying those moments so that I can joyfully serve others later.
When we are busy running around doing shows, taking care of business, making art to sell, buying Christmas gifts, making gifts, and cooking, it can be overwhelming. We lose site of just being present to the moment and taking in all that goodness of what life has to offer. Then one day you look back wondering what happened over that time period.
If you are experiencing resistance and overwhelm, or things just don't feel good, take a second to ask yourself:
Divine intervention is giving you the opportunity to make a new decision instead of doing what you've always done in these situations. That's why we feel icky. My friend calls it "listening to her gut."
Don't give in just because it's what you've always done. Try doing only the things that make you happy, get you further to your goal, or bring you high ROI.
I wish for you all 9 more amazing holiday days! Take a few moments each day to breathe in joy. Then take a moment to expel gratitude and happiness!
PS - would love to have you in our wonderful Artful Success Community on Facebook and as a subscriber to my Take Flight ezine on marketing, personal growth, selling, productivity and on getting clear about why you create art!
Holiday Closures: UPS/USPS shipping dates
We will be closed the following business dates:
Please plan accordingly for your shipments both for delays in transit and when it will be able to leave the warehouse. We can still get you things for Christmas but you may need to do rush shipping service via 3day or 2day UPS.
Shipments going out on Tuesday January 3rd will be filled as they were received during the holiday and shipped as soon as possible. Shipments could possibly be delayed 1-2 extra days.
Kiln & UPS Price Increases:
Please keep in mind that Paragon raises it's prices each year the first week of January.
UPS is raising their rates January 3rd by 4-6% so you will see your shipping costs increasing as well on all shipments.
Don't Miss Out
We are cleaning up the warehouse in anticipation of year-end inventory. Plus January is the month that new items are released by most manufacturers.
We want to make room to be able to carry hot new cutting-edge tools for our customers. So we are clearancing out items we can no longer get from manufacturers and items we are overstocked on. These are not seconds and there is no damages to them! Perfectly new!
We will be adding new items to the Clearance Section daily over the next 45 days. We recommend you check back often because there are going to be some great deals there to take advantage of as well!
Fulfillment tip: when placing your order, select "out of stock notification" if you want to be notified whether the items were still in stock by the time your order was filled.
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New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy
6 Fantastic Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Classroom Experience
I've taken a lot of classes over the past 15 years, studying under some of the most talented and creative artists (read their names by clicking here)
I know that I may not be able to practice what I learn right away, so taking good notes is imperative. I'm often asked in class about my tools that help me take expert notes. I'm happy to share them with you and share with you my tips for learning the most you can.
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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.