The 10 year celebration continues! Last month we celebrated with a huge, epic bundle sale (thank you for the amazing response!), and this month we’re celebrating with a brand new website (my old one was over 7 years old!). Keep reading. I have so much to tell you!
Hello, new blog on my brand spankin’ new beautiful website! I like you. A lot.
Friends, this is the first time I’m posting on this newbie blog on my brand new website. And it feels sort of big. I haven’t consistently written blog posts in a long, long time, and this new internet home of mine has inspired me to get back to blogging, to share some more in depth thoughts that go beyond a status update (don’t get me wrong, Instagram is my social media BFF, and Facebook has been a good friend, too). I’m curious to see what unfolds!
But, first let me introduce you to my new website!
I have so much to tell you. I want to tell you how this has been in the making for about a year. I want to tell you that it all started when I realized that 2016 would be my 10th year not just as a working artist but as a woman who declared herself an artist, which perhaps was the most significant declaration of my adult life. I want to tell you that first there was the dream of a new site to celebrate my 10th anniversary, then all sorts of wondering how to make it real, then reaching out to a few amazing women (videographer! photographer! designer! strategist! copywriter!) who all said YES, they would help me make this thing come alive.
As I’m typing this I’m realizing that it was indeed just about ALL women who took on this project – something that makes total sense given the sisterhood of my community, and makes me really proud. I love women supporting other women and this site has been built from the hearts and minds of women, plus a few very kind dudes who programed the site and made it functional. For the last many months as we’ve all been working our hearts out to make this thing go live, I’ve been saying little prayers of gratitude for them ALL, counting my lucky stars for them, celebrating them, and just generally being in awe of my fortune to work with these people. I’d love it if you checked out My Joyous Team page so you can get to know them, and perhaps reach out to them if you should ever need them for your upcoming projects. I recommend them all, highly. And they are beautiful people + souls.
I’d love it if you grabbed a cup of tea and took a few minutes to poke around the new site. A few big changes have been made from my older site, including a new tag line: Let Art Out. Let Love In. For those of you who have taken any of my online courses, you know that Let Art Out, Let Love In is a huge part of what I teach, and what I know to be true. Art saves, reveals, and inspires and it changed my life 10 years ago by opening my heart to let all the love come rushing in. So, yes. Love the new tag line! Also, there are several new videos (the one on the home page is my favorite!), trailers and even silent videos. Love, love, love.
We also have a totally new shop experience for purchasing prints. I’m giddy of this new shop, how it works, even how the check out pages work (I’m a total geek over such things). International friends, we don’t ship our prints worldwide because they get damaged in route and also because it costs more the print to ship it (I’m so sorry!). The good news? Garden Gallery, an online retailer who sells just about all of my licensed products can include my matted prints with your order should you purchase products with them. Because they are shipping larger items in larger boxes, they can include the prints without fear of them getting damaged. If you’re interested, be sure to check out their website and email them directly.
The blog. The blog! It’s TOTALLy new. We took all 1600+ blog posts that I’ve written over the last ten years and put them into categories for easy reading. You can check out the new blog home page right here. I have a confession. This project required me to go back and read blog posts from those early years of declaring myself an artist and all the crazy things that happened shortly after that declaration (book deal! teaching! magazine contracts! licensing contracts! momentum!). As I re-read some of these old posts, I cringed a bit. I was a girl in a sort of adult puberty. A lot of highs. A lot of lows. A lot of hope. A lot of angst. A lot of vulnerability shared, at times too much. I was learning and creating new boundaries, a new life, all with awakenings and gremlins and so much love and so much fear. I have kept all those blog posts here on this new site as a way of honoring a life in progress as well as a way to tell the truth about what it looks like to simply become who we want to be.
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So yes, I’m sitting over here working hard to celebrate this new internet home, to live inside the gratitude of it all, to be brave in love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for traveling with me. I’m so glad you’re here. I’d love to know what you think of the new site – comments are open should you have any questions!