self portrait challenge – celebrate

Jan 23, 2008 | Life in Progress

i don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that i lived just the length of it. i want to have lived the width of it as well. – diane ackerman

(the only way to really celebrate: jumping up and down on the bed. remember jumping up and down on hotel beds when you were a kid?)

celebrating some big news today. i don’t want to give away all the details but today it became official: i’ve entered the world of licensing! what does this mean? it means (unbelievably) that i’ve signed on with a wonderful publishing company and will have cards, stationery sets, journals, magnets, and even calendars (these will come much later) in stores as early as this spring! i’ve been asking myself, “can you believe this?” these last several weeks as it’s been in motion. now that it’s official, i feel lifted by the excitement and wonder of it all. thank you, universe! i love how dreams work their way to Real.

i’ve been feeling sort of quiet in my life. been going to yoga with mati. trying to drink a ton of water. enjoying the recent rains. working a day at the hospital here and there. book stuff. business stuff. time is slipping by and i need more of it. i’d like to get some paintings offered on etsy very soon, but where does the time go? remember when you were a child and it seemed like summer lasted forever? gone are those days, for sure. speaking of summer, i’ve been daydreaming about summer and wearing more skirts and sandals. i can’t wait.

on my walk today, i found another heart: do you see it?

more celebration self portraits here.

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (40 comments)
  1. robin

    Hey KellyRae
    Found you today on twitter…great stuff and bravo!

  2. dragonflydreamer

    Yaaay! I can’t wait to be able to buy your stationery and magnets and calendars! You so deserve this. How much joy it is to be able to watch you realize your dreams. Thanks for allowing me to be witness to these joyful experiences.

  3. Lucy

    Wooohoooo–that’s wonderful news for you 🙂 Can’t wait to see your artwork in the stores!


  4. Colorsonmymind

    Yeah girl-that is so fabulous. The photograph made me really grin from ear to ear.


  5. Shari Beaubien

    Congratulations on the licensing gig, Kelly Rae! I’m so proud of you and so extremely happy for you!! Way to go, girlfriend!! Hugs, Shari

  6. Deirdre

    I’m so excited about this I could just bust. Congratulations. You’ve earned every bit of this accomplishment.

  7. Marel Lecone

    I’m also so excited for you. And, I collect magnets!! haha But, really I do. Congratulations on the new road to travel. And, thank you thank you again. I was really touched today by it all. Mary Ellen

  8. Stephen

    Congratulations Kelly! I really enjoy your CPS articles and find them a great encouragement on my own artistic path – go girl, go!

  9. Katrina

    how splendid! look at you jumping up and down w/ pure joy and delight! wonderful. congrats congrats lovely lovely kelly rae. of course you deserve it!

  10. Sherry

    Gorgeous heart and NO WONDER you are jumping in the bed!!! YIPEE!!! This incredible Kelly — I’m so thrilled for you!! I hope you are going to be distributed in Canada too, otherwise I am going to have to definitely make a trip to the US this spring/summer!!! Move over Martha Stewart!!!

  11. Dream Keyper

    Congrats girl – That does sound like a dream come true! Love your jump photo. Last time I tried that I seriously broke my bed. My husband and I laughed and laughed for days! Smiles!!! Suzy

  12. Schmoops

    how very exciting! you so deserve it and i will be looking for all your new items soon.

    you are an inspiration.


    p.s. adorable spc photo

  13. Kelly

    yeah! congrats on your big news!

  14. melissa

    Congratulations! So happy for you! melissa

  15. Bucky

    Cool pic.

  16. Boho Girl

    you go rockstar!

    so happy for you, girlie.


  17. CourtneyP

    Kelly, I am a huge fan and have always admired your work. What a wonderful thing to have happen!!

  18. Tammigirl

    Kelly, I’m so excited about winning the 508th entry contest. My new email address is:

    How do I proceed?

  19. Christianne

    Such great news that you so deserve. As soon as I read it, I was like, “Oh, yeah. Totally the next move. That is going to be so successful.”

    I feel myself squealing with excitement for you!

    And yes, I see that heart and love that you found that one.

  20. Carolyn

    Congratulations Kelly, I’m so happy for you!

  21. createdUnique

    Kelly, I wanted to take a moment to say thank-you for your great article on blogging, I wanted to get started, and that article just gave me that nudge. Also for your inspiring work, I picked up my brush again and can’t wait to show the world what happened. You have truly helped me learn that what I have is not like anyone elses, and that’s ok. 🙂

  22. Gwen

    Wow, kellyrae, you are my idol! You just keep achieving higher and higher heights!! And you deserve it all!

  23. Laini Taylor

    Kelly! Licensing!!! I am so happy for you! I want to hear more details, you rockstar!

  24. Tracie Lyn Huskamp

    Kelly… Soak up EVERY WONDERFUL MINUTE of these


  25. kelly

    congrats miss kellyrae! i can’t wait to walk in a store and see all your new things. the image of jumping – i love it, i do….reminds me of when i was little and we had bunk beds that we did flips off of.

  26. melly~

    yay you! can’t wait to see what this new venture brings. and do get some paintings up – I think my want of some of your art has recently morphed into more of a need. you are inspiring, Kelly Rae!

  27. Bruce

    Hey Kelly Rae! Congrats! Your talent and passion will take you to many wonderful places!

  28. Bikkybo

    Way to go! Congrats! Now I am hoping that your artistic “merchandise” will appear in Canadian stores too!

    Congrats and keep jumping for joy!

  29. Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~

    Congratulations!! How exciting!!
    I’m sure they’ll do wonderfully for you. 🙂

  30. Lelainia N. Lloyd

    Kelly, this is wonderful news! Your art is growing in leaps and bounds. I am very, very happy for you! It’s so nice to see someone working so hard and being rewarded for it. COngratulations! Enjoy the ride!

  31. Lina

    so happy for you! I cant wait for your stuff to hit the stores here…woohoo!!! hugs and congrats!

  32. Kel

    Having nothing original to add, I will just say, yay for you! Congratulations!

  33. jennymarie

    Oh Kelly Rae how wonderful – congratulations!!!! I hope that we can see your work on our Australian shelves too. I’m so excited for you.

    love Jenny

  34. Judy Wise

    Kelly-love it seems I’m always congratulating you on something. What a wild, wild ride. Congratulations!!!

  35. * mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella *

    wonderful, heartful, find. It just makes me smile.

    xo Rella
    Oh, and congrats on the new venture. So very cool.

  36. tali

    Congrats, Kelly Rae!! That’s awesome! I can’t wait to buy your stuff in stores!

  37. betty


  38. Poppy Q

    Yahhooo KellyRae you deserve to be world famous!!!

    What fantastic news, I will have a wee jump up and down for you here in New Zealand.

    Julie {I bought the original of discovery from you last year!!and I love it}


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