I am back from Craftcation, a four-day conference/retreat for creative business owners, and I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had. I learned so much and while I cannot wait to implement it all, the biggest thing I took away from that retreat was this: authenticity is powerful.
We are irresistibly drawn to people who are wholeheartedly themselves. We love those who 'own it' when it comes to their habits, likes, and point of view. We want to be around them, perhaps hoping deep-down that a tiny bit of their confidence will rub off on us so that we too can be fully ourselves for a whole day, or even a whole hour.
I have been selling my artwork in one way or another for six years but now is when I feel like I can really let my true personality start to shine through. When I was younger, I was a confident eccentric. In high school I once went to class with a paper bag vest on and a dinner roll taped to my arm for extra credit. No joke. We were studying the Canterbury Tales if you're wondering and I was dressed as one of the pilgrims. There are few teenagers foolish enough to do such things but I don't remember anyone doing anything other than smiling. That's just Megan, they seemed to say. And it was me...until I started dating. Then I started to hide some things for fear my partner would think me bonkers. The dance parties to Disney theme songs only happened when he was in class. I no longer braided a lock of my hair at my temple so I could pretend to be an elf. I even stopped referring to my car by name because surely 'normal' people don't name their cars. (Or have running conversations with them while driving.)
Me rocking it in red and purple when I was at my peak of being cool.
As time went on and my partner stayed around, those habits returned. I frequently have dance parties in the kitchen while I'm baking and we are currently making a cardboard unicorn pinata together. It took a long time to realize that it was my eccentricity that made me attractive. (And, for your information, he now names his bicycles so apparently he was just as crazy as I was but he hid it too.)
So now it's time for me to be attractive for you too. Not to say that what I have designed up until now has been blah; it simply hasn't been me at my fullest, craziest self. It hasn't been Megan.
Over the next few months, I am going to be sharing some new designs with you. They will be whimsical, humorous, and a little bit cute. Okay, maybe very cute. Basically...me. I know that some of you may not like them. That is a risk that I am finally brave enough to take. I feel that if I can't share who I truly am through my artwork, then there is no sense in sharing it with the world. After all, so many of us never get to show the world who we truly are before we leave this place. I want to be known for the work that not only makes me truly proud but that makes me bounce in my seat while creating it.
So hold on to your hats because it's about to get colorful over here.
This unicorn pinata is a glimpse at the new line of work coming. I'm making up for never having a pinata as a child.