HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR ENTHUSIASM? I did.


HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR ENTHUSIASM??

Well…I did for a very long time.

The word ENTHUSIASM comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos, which consists of the root words “theos” (god) and “en”. (in). Thus enthusiasm literally means “God within.”Hmm.


I think we all agree that enthusiasm is a wonderful thing. They say that you should follow your enthusiasm in life. That makes sense.

Here are a few more quotes on enthusiasm:

  • Enthusiasm creates miracles.
  • Enthusiasm + Passion = Success.
  • Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

‘Nothing in life was ever achieved without Enthusiasm.’

I totally believe in enthusiasm too.

I used to have enthusiasm and zest for my mixed media art business but I hit a major burnout last year and decided I couldn’t do it anymore.

I had my art business since 1999.

I owned a gallery/studio in the Smoky Mountains Arts Community, then for the past 3 years I traveled the country alone in my U-HAUL selling my art in various states.

I knew I had lost my enthusiasm for it 3 years ago but we had bills to pay and my business was usually pretty lucrative. Also no other real options appealed to me, so I hung on.

I knew I stayed WAY TOO LONG AT THE FAIR! — as that old song says.

I now know my loss of enthusiasm was a combination of many factors.

  1. Just plain ole burnout. I did the same thing too darn long.
  2. Too much panic and anxiety from traveling alone. I traveled in my U-HAUL to find art shows in foreign cities on a map. (I hate maps and had horrible luck with that damn MapQuest gal who too often said “LOST SIGNAL” right when I was about to find my destination. ARGHHH!!! NOOOO!!

I instinctively KNEW I had to let this art business go. I had no more zest left for it.

So, I retired..

Retired from the whole damn thing.


Have you ever hung on too long to something or someone that you instinctively knew you should let go of? Well, it’s not a fun feeling.

When I finally decided to stop it scared me so much.

Actually, it terrified me.

I was so confused. I didn’t understand exactly why I lost all of my enthusiasm — but I knew I had.

Also, it was a bit terrified thinking of what I would do NOW to help pay our many bills.

I was longing and praying for a new direction.

I knew I was a very hard worker — a super hard working dedicated artist — but I could no longer do my old art with gusto.

Well my muse led me to start down a new writing path last year ironically about the same time as my art business fizzled. (Funny how it happened almost simultaneously!)

I was compelled to write poetry so I published 3 poetry books, but after they were done I realized that I just didn’t have the zest or desire for ‘book marketing’. ICK!

Plus, book writing is not usually a lucrative thing (lol). I knew I wasn’t J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. I’m a realist.

I never wrote my books for money. I wrote them because I was compelled to express myself and share my stuff. Oh, I was also healed by the writing.

WAITING FOR AN ANSWER?

SO there I sat…

  • writing away.
  • typing away.
  • thinking of new book ideas.
  • blogging away — — knowing that I needed to find SOME way to bring income to our household now.

Every time I opened my art room though I had sick feeling of dread and immediately closed the door.

I used to spend 4 to 8 hours a day making art but now I had zero desire to even open the door to my art room.

I cussed at my art supplies

‘YOU Fuckers! !WHY DID YOU TURN ON ME!!’

and then I’d leave the room.

I was open to getting a J.O.B (although I had been my own boss for sooooo long I had no idea what I could do.

Plus I knew that I as a creative person that I was born to create and that I’d MUCH PREFER a ‘creative income generating source’!

Well, recently my boyfriend Bob gave me a wonderful new idea and guess what??

I Am ENTHUSED AGAIN!! Yipeeeee!!

Ok, I’ll tell you what it is!

I got this marvelous new business idea for a whole new art venture.

Making One of a Kind Art Shoes!!

This idea came to me only about a week ago and I have been immersed in learning about the process of making one of a kind shoes ever since.

‘I really am LOVING IT! It’s so exciting to me. I am finally enthused again!!

I’m so damn grateful that I got my groove back.

This business seems perfect for me for many reasons.

  1. I can do it from home.
  2. I can market it to specific people who are ‘collectors’ of special one of kind things.
  3. I can use many of my artistic skills.
  4. I can mail someone ONE pair of shoes in a box and not set up an entire art gallery outside in rain, sleet, wind and other elements which I used to do (and HATED!)
  5. I can please a lot of people with these fun one of a kind happy shoes.
  6. This idea resonates with my whole being and I love making them.
  7. Almost everyone I have shared the idea with also loves it.
  8. I can make these shoes in a variety of topics and themes which I totally LOVE! ( I love versatility).
  9. I don’t have to travel in a car alone to sell these.
  10. I can stay home in my robe and slippers with my 5 cats (which I LOVE !!)

Purrfect eh?ha.

They say that you should follow your enthusiasm so I am now following my new shoe making enthusiasm!

I even have my new website up and ready to go url. www.artisticshoes.com and will put up an etsy page soon. I am having a blast working on these shoes.

Here is a sample of what they will look like.

SOME SHOE STYLES I WILL BE MAKING

These are not my shoes but just will give you an idea of the themes I will be making.

COMIC BOOK SHOES. .FROM SUPERMAN TO WONDERWOMAN TO BATMAN . I CAN MAKE THEM ALL!
ONE OF A KIND WEDDING SHOES. THEY WILL BE FUN! I CAN PUT THE NAME OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM ON THEM ETC.
ANYTHING CAN BE PAINTED ON THE SHOES PLUS COOL GLITTER! ANY THEME CAN WORK!
HEY. EVEN CANDY BAR SHOES CAN BE MADE! OMG! EDIBLE SHOES?Ha!
A SAMPLE OF A LOWER HEEL SHOE.
I’LL BE HAND PAINTING FLAT SHOES TOoO THE SKYS THE LIMIT WITH WHAT I CAN DO ON THESE!

SO I am thankful today that Enthusiasm has once again found me.

I’ll keep you all posted when I have all my shoe samples up…and HEY keep me in mind if you want me to make you a unique shoe.

NO SUBJECT is off limit. woohoo. I’m lovin this. (hehe)

I DO LOVE ENTHUSIASM!

So, hang in there if you are going through a lull in your life. Enthusiasm can sneak back into your life when you least expect it.

Patience helps too.


THANKS FOR READING!!

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