The ArtFor Experiment is Underway!
"Slow and steady wins the race."*
I have always found comfort in this saying. If you're unfamiliar, think 'The Tortoise and the Hare.' Safe to say that I strongly identify with that tortoise and in times of frustration I have been comforted by the thought of my persistence and perseverance paying off in the end, even when it feels like I'm moving in slow motion. I strongly suspect that I will lean into this often as I slowly build ArtFor into the purpose-driven business that I envision. (*Ironically, as a runner, I have certainly never come close to winning any actual races with this philosophy, but I have finished many where others haven't, and that's a win in my book.)
So what's the plan?
With everything going on the world, you know- global pandemic and all, serving those in need is needed more than ever before. But so is serving ourselves, our family, and our own well-being. Never before have priorities been so apparent and anxiety and stress been greater among the general population… Am I stating the obvious here?
Can you totally relate? If so, stay with me, I think you'll like where this is going.
On the surface, the long-term goal is to create and/or curate a collection of art that socially conscious, art enthusiasts, like yourselves, will not only enjoy but can also feel really good about buying knowing that your purchase is supporting a great cause. But the physical product is just part of it and it's going to take a long time to build what I envision to be a robust art shop with many artists and causes represented. However, art is more than a physical product. It is a philosophy, that when applied to daily life, even in tiny doses, can be the perfect prescription for what is ailing us right now. I want to share this philosophy along with actionable content that you can easily implement to relieve stress and cultivate joy and creativity in your daily life.
Sounds nice, but what does this look like?
Well, I'm just beginning to crack that nut but this is where I'm really going to need your help. I'm going to start throwing some ideas at you in the near future and I need you to tell me what you think. Good, bad, ugly, crazy- I want all the thoughts. You can definitely expect to see some mini experiments coming out if this. For example, I am an avid consumer/ collector of creative stress relief ideas, easy art exercises, and ways that I can foster creativity in general, simply to make life more enjoyable… What if I share with you my favorites and/or highlight the most enjoyable and valuable aspects for you. I can save you the time and bring to your attention something that you didn't even realize was missing but could turn out to be just what you needed!
Magic 8 ball says… outlook is good.
We’ve already raised as much money for charity in three months than what I personally can give in a year. Let's keep it going folks! Please help by spreading the word. If you’re still with me and this all sounds interesting to you, you're likely not alone and probably have a like-minded friend that might be interested too. So don't be selfish- share this post! Please 😇.
I have so many ideas that I am very excited to pursue and share - but then someone (usually my husband) brings me back to reality and reminds me, e.g. I'm about to have baby #3, start virtual- learning/ homeschooling my 4 & 6 year olds, and will have to return to my full-time day job eventually. Ugh. Reality. So I’m doing my best to maintain perspective and remind myself to be patient and trust that if I can stick with this, and slowly chip away at those 'should-dos' that don't immediately fit on the 'can-do' list, that ArtFor can have the impact that I’m hoping for over a long period of time.
I hope you enjoy hearing about it as much as I am enjoying learning and creating. I am proud of the current collection that I have to offer but I’m more proud about the mission and really look forward to evolving it into a business that not only serves you but enables you to serve others in the process.
PS. This tortoise can't wait to look back in a year and see how far we've come.
August 18, 2020