Celebrate Your Year: 2014 Personal Review

©Victoria Eubanks, Red Sticks & Stones. Encaustic, 24 x 24 inches. Used with permission.

You’re surely already thinking about and planning for the New Year.

But before you get too far into everything you want to do, take a moment to look back on what you accomplished in 2014. Time to celebrate!

©Victoria Eubanks, Red Sticks & Stones. Encaustic, 24 x 24 inches. Used with permission.

Prepare for your review by 1) setting aside time on your calendar for this process and 2) gathering any data you might need.

This might mean that your first step is updating your bookkeeping.

You also want to have your calendar handy so you can go through it month-by-month.

Expanding Your Profile

What did you do to enhance your professional reputation? How many people did you add to your mailing list? How many social media followers did you gain on the various platforms you use? Who were the top ten cool or

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Entrepreneurial Freedom

M.G. Ferguson oil painting

Many people become entrepreneurs because of the freedom it affords them. When you own your own business, you are free to set your own goals, get out of bed when you like, and control your brand.

Of course, most people who seek this path of independence have no idea what they’re getting into. They don’t realize how much harder it is to be a successful entrepreneur than to clock in for an 8-to-5 job.

©MG Ferguson, Summer Walk Home. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches. Used with permission.

Still, on this (almost) Independence Day holiday in the U.S, we should celebrate our entrepreneurial freedom and all the things we are free to do.

May you be . . .

Free to explore new creative ideas. To not be tied to the past. Tradition

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Speak Up on Behalf of Your Art Career

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In her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” She encourages women, whether they are in the workplace or at home, to “lean in” to their potential rather than sitting back and accepting unfavorable situations. I’m asking you to speak up.

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Delight Someone (Everyone)

©2014 Senga Nengudi, Jive. Site installation for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

I had the joy of hearing Senga Nengudi talk about her art. Nengudi makes soft installations and sculptures from pantyhose. When we (about 100 of us) were getting ready to leave, Nengudi said she wanted to give us a gift to remember her by. In line with her work, which transforms a functional item that many women wear every day into art, she considered a gift that we could transform into something new.

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11 Ways to Work Through Your Grief and Return to the Studio

Barbara Muir painting

For artists making art is life’s main goal, so what happens when we quit producing? When my 13-year-old dog died in September, I thought I’d hit the depths of sadness. Then my mother died in October, and I was suddenly sidelined by my own grief. The direct result of losing someone or something you love is profound grief. And that hollow, meaningless feeling that accompanies loss does not lead to art. Yet we know art is the answer.

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Clarity

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My word for 2014 is clarity. I didn’t sit down and randomly select a word or force it. I paid attention to what’s going on in my life. I listened to what I was asking for. I have been feeling a little discombobulated and even unsure about how I can best serve you. In the last few months, I found myself repeatedly asking for clarity in specific situations.

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Twitter Tweekly for November 17 2013

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Just in case you missed these tweets from my fingertips >>> 50 tips for free publicity via @PublicityHound pinterest.com/publicityhound… New pics of Art Biz Makeover day 2 at facebook.com/media/set/?set… Artist shares how she turned real-estate article into a mention of her art artistmarketingguide.com/1/post/2013/11…

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Twitter Tweekly for November 3 2013

@abstanfield on Twitter

Here you go! My top tweets from the last two weeks . . . RT @PublicityHound: 250 free holiday stock photos from @HubSpot. ow.ly/pZrYX

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6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Focus lately – enough that it deserves a capital “F.” It’s not that I’ve never written about focus, but it seems more critical than ever to remove ourselves from the chatter of social media, family squabbles, and needy pets. We have to give ourselves space to focus on a project.

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There’s Only One Way to Fail

only one way to fail

I run my life and my business as if I have never failed. I never thought about failure until I asked people on the Art Biz Blog about the role of failure in their art practices. It might seem strange to you that I have never, until now, considered failure, but it’s true. True failure is rare. It’s more likely that one experiences disappointment or dissatisfaction.

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