The word motivation has been part of my conscious vocabulary since I entered teaching college. The word has the same definition and spelling in the German language and in some way THIS word resonated with me the most.
I was in the process of becoming a Kindergarten teacher and the message was clear: Without motivation there will be no measurable results. I recall a whole semester spent on the art to encourage, reassure and entice the children, in short we explored the various avenues of motivation. And let’s face it, we all need motivation in our lives at times…
It comes as no surprise that I have carried this strong message forward, internalized it and implemented it throughout my life and many incarnations of my career. I have worked with children and youth, in home and formal sales positions, as a fitness instructor, and I have been a business owner before I turned my energy to becoming a full time artist. Eventually I was asked to share my knowledge which I freely did. I am reflecting on all these roles I have embraced during adulthood and realize they all have one factor in common: Motivation.
To me motivating others is something that has become second nature. My intent is for others to get passionate about their dreams and aspirations, set goals and follow through. I do this without the expectation of thank you letters. They are welcome as long as they are spontaneous as the one I received earlier this week and shared in the last post on March 13th. I used the partial content of that letter to plant the seed that it is important to share one’s story. I am sure you are getting a little tired of only hearing about me by now!
I was not even sure this year if I would renew this blog/website as I felt I was repeating myself and not sharing too much. So, asking / inviting former students, fellow artists and anyone who has enjoyed success, no matter how big or small, since our paths crossed was just that: An invitation to share… When personal thank notes began to arrive following the March 13th post on sharing successes I was thrilled for the writer, but one strong message came through: “I will definitely not provide a blog post for you.” That made me rethink that perhaps I was asking for compliments, that my last post was conceited and I was in need for affirmations.
I apologize if that is the message you received. I shared the genuine and spontaneous email excerpt as a way to motivate you, the reader, to create a short bio with some images for me to feature on this blog. Did you know that being featured on someone’s blog / website is considered equal to a mini-exhibition? It can go on your CV and when one embarks on a career in the arts every little bit helps. The invitation to submit a bio with images remains open – no thank you letters necessary.
If you have not taken a workshop with me, don’t despair. Is there anything that has caught your interest on this blog / website over the past five years? Did it help you get out of a rut? Did it motivate you to create new work, perhaps start a new body of work, or did it help you in any way to enter juried shows or even pursue an exhibition? You are also strongly encouraged to contribute your story to be featured in a blog post. Have a look at the past Featured Artists found on the Resources & Tutorials page – everyone has a story. Let’s share them!