In dreaming about my business and where I want it to go, two things have constantly spoken to me – online teaching and collaborating with people I admire, love and who push me to be a better artist. This Design Seminar with Mary Jo Leisure is just one of many dreams coming to fruition next year and I couldn’t be more excited, thrilled and even a bit nervous about the partnership. I have studied with Mary Jo for many, many years and always admired her dedication to continued learning, the beautiful way she decorated and used her art in her home, the generosity in which she shared her knowledge and the gentleness in which she makes you feel like an old friend even though she just met you. I cannot wait to teach alongside her, it is a moment I can’t quite see yet, but the magic I feel stirring within waiting for the opportunity to explore design, creativity and inspiration with willing students is something I will be dreaming of until the Seminar starts in April. If you would like to learn more about this incredible Design Seminar, you can find all the information here. It would be an honor to have you join us!
As a child I loved playing games, all games, especially if you could win. Competitive, you bet, but it was always more than that. I looked at games as a way to think strategically, figure out the best ways to play and study my opponents when they weren’t looking. I am still the same way today, studying, challenging and striving for success. Can you remember how you played as a child? Do the things you remember still pertain to the person you are today? I believe games are a way to sort out how you think, plan and strategize – three of my favorite things still. In planning for the New Year I am already making lists of project I want to complete in the first quarter. I am giving myself some room and not booking myself too solid. You just never know when opportunities or new possibilities will present themselves. I am also doing a year long course, my first, to keep momentum moving forward and creating the kind of courses I would love to participate in. It has taken a lot of planning with a lot more to come but the results are already fulfilling as students are just registering for the course. A quarter of the students are worldwide, something I have only dreamed of in the past. Online allows me to reach a much broader audience, sharing my knowledge across the globe. I am truly grateful for the incredible technology of today! So, are you putting yourself in the game of dreaming big? I sure hope so, you never know what path you will discover on the journey!