I Promise To Write

My soul reason for being on social media is because my heart craves community.  We all do.  It’s how we are designed.  As an artist, I gain inspiration from the interactions that I have with other people.  However, social media can be a double edged sword.  On one hand, it connects me to friends new and old, near and far.  While on the other hand, it causes me dissatisfaction and frustration.  I spend my time writing what’s on my heart, and then I spend even more time crafting updates to try and maximize the number of people who will see it.  The result is a few brief interactions with friends.  Whether I’m sharing about what God is doing in my life and on my easel, or letting you know there has been an update to my Etsy shop, it is all in the hands of Facebook as to who will actually see the words I’ve written.  The bottom line is this isn’t working for me.  My heart and soul work is my artwork.  Everyday I’m inspired to create, but if people aren’t seeing my artwork, or reading what I write, then there isn’t much reason for creating.  Quite honestly, I don’t have the time or the money to play Facebook’s games in getting my content in front of my friends eyes.  So I have decided to take a different approach, connecting through mail.

I want to have the ability to connect with my friends and supporters directly.  If I am going to take the time to sit down and write what is on my heart, I want to know that you are receiving it.  So this year, I want to begin connecting with you through letters that are delivered straight to your inbox.  Joining my email list is now the BEST way to stay connected to what is going on with my artwork.  All of my most recent updates, and special offers on artwork, workshops, and retreats (also new in 2015!) will be sent out to my email list.

How do you join my email list?  If you look over in the left-hand sidebar you will find a green button prompting you sign up.

If you don’t want to miss out (and trust me – you don’t), then sign up!

Why social media & I don’t get along.

Social media has enriched my life in a number of ways.  I love the connections that I’ve been able to make with people outside of my normal circle of everyday interactions thanks to FacebookPintrest has become my primary resource for finding new ideas and creative ways to do things.  And Instagam has inspired me to challenge myself artistically and encouraged me to keep working at skill that I struggle with to see growth over time.  In these ways, I can’t imagine my life without social media.

Over the last year, in a push to grow my business, I started focusing on social media, spending more time creating posts working toward a consistent schedule and a stronger online presence.  This strategy has been good for my business, but not so good for myself.

To begin with, it is a distraction.  For every 20 min. that I spend doing something productive, I spend another 60 min. distracted on a rabbit trail.  However, time management is a challenge for many entrepreneurs.  No, my issue with social media comes from a deeper, personal place.  For me, social media is a constant source of discontentment and jealously.

As I scroll down my Facebook timeline, I see all the places that my friends are traveling to, the concerts they are at, and the restaurants they eat at, and I feel jealous.  I log on to look at the pins that have inspired those who I follow on Pintrest, and I see beautiful homes, inspiring studios, and gorgeous works of art.  I compare these with my own home, studio and artwork and I feel discontent.

Jealousy and discontentment are not character traits that I am comfortable holding in my heart.  They rob me of joy.  Yet, it doesn’t stop there.  When I’m not on the computer, my mind is still on those social media sites as I ponder how to best document my life for maximum social media impact.  I’m not being present in the moments of my life if my mind is pondering ways to leverage my life moments on social media.  Trying to live my life as a promotion of my brand is like creating artwork because I think it will sell.  Neither is an authentic expression from my heart and neither is very fulfilling.

I ask myself why I spend my time participating in something that plants seeds of jealousy and discontentment and causes me to live my life without authenticity.  Sadly, the answer is, to grow my business. This is not a good enough answer.  I believe that if I continue down this path, it will instead be the death of my creative business.  For how can I expect to receive God’s inspiration, and create meaningful art if I am not being authentic?  For this reason there will be some coming changes as to how I stay connected with all of you.  More information about these changes will be coming later.

In the mean time, I’m wondering how social media has effected how you live your life?  Share in the comments.