Friday, August 5, 2011

Creative Accountability

Today I will share on the importance of having accountability for your creativity...simply because this is what the Lord is teaching me this week. It started last weekend when I had the opportunity to be a youth leader on a trip to the Motion Conference in Birmingham, AL. If you've ever been part of any youth camp or conference you know that it includes large amounts of junk food mixed with a lack of sleep. So on day two needless to say I was not feeling well. I began the day by telling my friends, "don't let me eat anything fried". I knew if I ate like the previous day I would be even sicker. So...we had a time of leader training where snacks were served and I picked up a yummy chocolate, peanut covered doughnut. To give you a picture of what I'm talking about:

When I walked over to chat with friends, one looked at me and said...isn't that fried? I simply chuckled and said yeah and brushed it off. Then, my second friend came up to me and asked, "I thought you weren't going to eat anything fried?". At that I walked over to the trash can and threw away the delicious barely eaten doughnut. Thinking back, I was actually surprised that the girls held me to my request, but at the same time I was thankful in the end because it was to my benefit to be held accountable.

By the end of the trip this food accountability translated into having these girls asking hard questions about my artwork and specifically my business. They asked me my goals and what I was working toward. This was so good for me because I am not great at staying accountable. As many times as I can ask Robert to keep be on task with my work, it's so easy to blow him off. But to have Stephanie and Jen (my now named: creative accountability partners), it is much tougher to tell them no.  I am so thankful the Lord has brought this epiphany to my mind once again. That it is in accountability that we are pushed to succeed to do our best and grow through the process.

I can proudly say that I am working to finish up my creative/art business task for the week. In fact these are my surroundings at the present moment.

I have been wanting to finally put something in my Etsy shop that has been open and empty for almost 6 months now. So we've decided to start by selling some prints of my artwork. My job this week was to find a place where I can have quality prints made of my work. I am close to nailing down a place and will do so by tomorrow for sure (as tomorrow is the last day of the week :)). And I will proudly email Stephanie and Jen to let them know of my progress!

So....accountability although trying and challenging at times is well worth the pay off when you meet your goal.

You can all keep me in line by asking how my Etsy shop is task for the next two weeks.

Love to all.

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