Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dreaming Big and Small

Hello dear ones... I have officially finished my shows for this season.  (Whew!)  I am amazed that I made it through with little to no real problems.  I am astonished that I actually own a business selling my own creations now.  I am so proud of myself for finally taking one of my BIG dreams and making it come true this year.  Most of all I am deeply blessed and honored to have met so many incredible women through this process, and let your stories touch my heart and inspire more of my art, and let my art create a sacred space in your lives.  What an incredible ride it has been!  It was just 8 months ago, that I decided to start painting again, (after a 6 year hiatus) and thought I'd try to do 1 art show.  Now I have completed over 50 original artworks, finished 4 successful shows, and am excited to continue down this road for years to come and see where it takes me.  I COULD NOT have done this without the loads of encouragement I received from you my dear readers, the support and financial backing from my incredible family, and the hundreds of free labor hours from my incredible sister.  For most of my life, I felt like all I did was come up with new dreams, but never do anything about them.  I felt like a failure, like I wasnt good enough to do these big things, but now I know better.  I am more than enough!!  And now, I can only feel nothing but excitement and curious wonder for where I will find myself one year from now.   

So I thought I would share with you my list of 10 dreams (big and small) that I have been holding on to and am ready to let free for this coming year (2011). 

1.  Graduate with my Masters in Counseling and Education Specialist in Marriage and Family Counseling (I am almost there!!)
2.  Get published in one of the major crafting/mixed media magazines
3.  Get preggo with my second child (Izzy needs a sibling and I am ready to hold another newborn)
4.  Do at least 1 art show each season
5.  Visit Asheville, NC (my husband and I want to leave FL in the next 3 years, and this town is top on our list to check out)
6.  Get 1 of my items from my Etsy shop listed on the Front Page of Etsy 
7.  Visit - in person - 1 artsy friend that I met on the internet
8.  Attend 1 Art Retreat
9.  Teach a Mixed Media or Art Journaling Class
10.  Take at least 1 art class to help push my abilities further. (i am tired of it taking me way too long to get a painted figure to feel right to me) 
11.  Hit 200 sales in my Etsy Shop
12.  Start working on an inspirational art book concept

(all pics are my own digital artwork creations)

So what dreams have you been holding on to?  Are you ready to let them free and take the leap of faith in yourself this year?
*Just as an FYI: I am listing all the items I have left from the art shows, lots of beautiful journals, necklaces, prints, paintings, wall hangings, and more.  If you are still seeking a gift for that creative girl on your list, please take a peek at my shop.


  1. I just loved this post . . . You warmed my heart . . . Harmony you are so enough! I thank you for inspiring me personally and artistically! I have just received my new journal you created and I absolutely love it! Of all of your listed items for 2011 . . . sign me up for the first autographed book of an inspirational art book!!! You would have so much to share with all of us. Thanks for showing me that I can be an artist! You rock!

  2. oh sister! i just love and relate to this post so much!! we can meet ! i'm only 1 1/2 away!! i have some of these same goals in mind for myself .. i pray you reach all of yours and then some!!

  3. Oh Harmony, I love your dream list and it has inspired me to think about and create my own! A lot of similarities I see. We used to live in Asheville when we tried to escape Florida. It holds a very, very special place in my heart! But it was too cold for a beachy girl like me! And I missed being closer to family.

    Here's looking forward to a successful, dreamy New Year! Also, I love Catina's work as well, and I live in Longwood, so maybe we ALL could plan a meetup, and check it off the list!

  4. WELL DONE! Have a great relaxing rest over the advent and Christmas season, and looking forward to seeing more wondeful work in 2011!!

  5. Harmony, a quote for you...

    "Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination". ~Robert Fulghum

    And included in that happiness bomb, little art journals created by you!

  6. Hello Harmony, What an amazing year for you & your list of dreams big and small is wonderful I am sure 2011 will open its doors wide for you! I look forward to my visits here and am glad we met via flying lessons~ All my best, now off to make my own dream list! Thanks for inspiring.~Theresa

  7. Your art is the kind that makes me want to dive for my paints. Very inspiring.
    I too am in training to be a counsellor, (but with 2 Ls - crazy English)
    May all your dreams come true =)


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