Posts made in September, 2015

The ideas are worth being brave.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in featured, magic | 6 comments

I’ve been waiting, waiting a long time to be a real creative business owner. I’ve been waiting for permission, waiting for the plan to arrive in neatly arranged steps, waiting until I’m ready. I talked about that here.

Making good art and taking good photographs and building a good website seems overwhelming. It feels like I’m not ready.

Since I don’t feel ready, that must mean it’s not time for me, right?

If it’s supposed to happen, it will just happen, right?

It’s time to trust that I’m the one who will make it happen. It’s time to count the fact that I’m the one who makes it happen as a gift; I get to make it happen! I don’t have to wait on anyone or anything else. I have permission to do and I have permission to try. It’s official: I wrote myself out a permission slip and everything.

permission slip Keetha

In a wonderful bit of synergy and coincidence (both of which are Big Magic) a few hours after writing this, I read the chapter in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, about permission. The chapter is titled, I kid you not, Your Permission Slip.

Universe, I hear you! I want to be fair to the ideas and give them the chance to shine. I can’t hide them because I don’t know if they will work.

Of course I don’t know; no one knows.

This is no time to be timid. The ideas are worth being brave.

That’s my biggest marketing challenge – following through on the ideas that visit me. Do the best I can by those ideas and then share them with the world. How they’re received isn’t in my hands; I just need to do my part.

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It’s here! It’s here! {Autumn Edition}

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in fall, featured, Holidays, watercolor | 2 comments

fall watercolor KeethaFall feels like freedom to me, the way summer probably feels to most people.

Summer feels expectant for me because I’m already looking ahead to autumn.

Plus the heat makes me cranky so I stay indoors as much as I can. I don’t enjoy going to the beach or to the lake or anywhere, really, during the summer. (Except, of course, to the bookstore.)

fall watercolor pattern KeethaWhat I do enjoy is the crisp snap of a fall breeze and the splash of gorgeous colors. I love the smell of woodsmoke and hearing the high school marching band practice.

Autumn means coming out of my self-imposed summer hibernation to enjoy the outside world.

Each year when the leaves begin turning and the temperatures fall, it feels like I’m turning the page in a book of fairy tales, one I know by heart, and yet, each time, holding my breath, wondering if this time the magic will be gone.

And then there it is – familiar and comforting, immediately majestic and newly awe-inspiring every single year: Autumn.


all the fall words Keetha


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