“Shoot for the moon – at the very least you will land among the stars.”
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope everyone had a glorious day with family and friends and loved ones.
Today I’d like to bring you a special underground look into a few of LTD 7s vendors. I thought I would ask them to tell me what makes them tick as an artist and discuss the various landscapes that have presented themselves as they balanced life, marriage, careers, and their dreams. In the weeks to follow I will catch up with some other vendors and ask them the same questions. I found their answers so helpful and revealing and I believe it always helps to see for ourselves just what takes place in the mind and heart and soul of an artist.
I wanted to dig deeper into the question of why we sometimes place our dreams on hold. I wanted to know if life events, such as marriage and children and finances were the reasons we sometimes place our dreams on the back burner…or was it something else. I though no better place to start would be LTD 7’s vendors.
I will give you the interview questions and answers in their entirety for each of the three LTD 7 vendors for today. Enjoy a glimpse into three of LTD’s finest!
From Dream to Reality
SweetNanaCakes, Once Again and Demetra and Goods from Nature
- From what age did your passion for your craft emerge?
SweetNana Cakes: At a very early age, from the time I can remember, being in the kitchen, baking.
Once Again: My passion began in high school. One of the classes I took was such that every six weeks we would explore different things i.e., photography, furniture refinishing. I fell in love with refinishing furniture then. I have since refinished several pieces—including my grandmother’s china cabinet. I then took a class on painting furniture and a “beast” within me was unleashed!
Demetra: My earliest memories of drawing were at the age of 4. My proud mom and dad would show my work off to family and friends.
Goods for Nature: In college, when I was about 20, I decided to learn about living more naturally, which progressed into making my own body care products. I grew up caring about living healthfully, but it wasn’t until then that I realized how harmful most synthetic materials and chemicals can be and I made a life-long commitment to learning about living naturally.
- Were there years, perhaps during child rearing years that your passion took a backseat to other duties?
SweetNanaCakes: After marriage and kids, I put my passion on the back burner but life changes and my children getting older gave me the chance to rediscover my love of baking.
Once Again: Yes, of course.
Demetra: There have been a couple of times that my art has taken a backseat: during my child rearing years, for sure, but then again when I was going through a divorce. That period lasted several years.
- What would life feel like if you did not allow yourself to practice your craft?
SweetNanaCakes: I feel like baking is my outlet; it’s the way I relieve stress, and show my creative side. I think I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today if I didn’t get some baking in at least one day a week!
Once Again: EMPTY!
Goods from Nature: My whole life, I have always needed to have a project to work on, and I like for my project to change and progress frequently. Making natural body care and home products makes me feel better about my surroundings every day. If I couldn’t learn about new research on materials and chemicals in commercial products and then apply that knowledge to find alternatives I would feel like something was missing from my day and that I wasn’t doing my best to take care of myself and my family.
Demetra: Sometimes when it gets really tough to continue burning the candle at both ends I consider what it might be like if I were to lay my passion down and succumb to normal everyday life and I’m sure I would feel lost. My art and creativity are such a part of me.
- What do you see as the biggest impediment to pursuing your passion full time?
SweetNanaCakes: The biggest impediment is the unknown, whether it is the financial implications, time management/time away from family or knowing whether the community would support such a business.
Once Again: Finances and fear of the unknown. If I’m totally honest, fear of failure also plays a part.
Demetra: The biggest impediment that holds me back is working a fulltime job – I can only imagine how far I could go if I had those extra 40 hours a week to pursue my passion!
Goods from Nature: Working a full-time job. It feels discouraging to think about all the plans I want to accomplish and how little time I have to balance work, family and my craft. I read stories about artisans who took that leap and quit their job to pursue their passion, but I’ve never yet felt that I was in a position to do that financially.
- How has LTD 7 helped you to realize your dream or portions thereof?
SweetNanaCakes: LTD 7 has catapulted SweetNanaCakes into the spotlight. The exposure has been amazing. I have so many people that say they know about my business and my name and I know that LTD 7 played a huge role in that happening.
Once Again: LTD 7 has allowed me to “get my feet wet” while still working full-time. Lynne has also given me a “model” in which to follow as far as thinking outside of the box, being passionate at times when you don’t feel passionate, along with integrity, honesty, and plain simple hard work!
Demetra: Being a part of LTD has been a wonderful experience in so many ways! The level of professionalism from Lynne and the staff has helped validate me as a serious business woman to my customers as well as to myself and has given me a platform to reach many others through the benefit of LTD 7’s and Lynne’s amazing marketing skills!
Goods from Nature: Making a commitment to LTD 7 helps give me the drive to accomplish something for my business every day, whether it be research, making products or doing business. Being accountable to others requires me keep up my momentum as I grow my busines
- What advice would you give to a young artist who wishes to pursue their passion?
SweetNanaCakes: Never give up on your dreams; pursue them, even if you have to do it with baby steps. Sooner or later, your passion will break the barriers that keep you from reaching your dream job!
Once Again: Follow your passion—even if it doesn’t fit the mold according to society’s rules!
Demetra: My advice to any young person interested in pursuing their passion is to practice, practice and practice some more! There will be tough times for sure but if it’s something that burns inside of you it will find a way.
Goods from Nature: Do what makes sense for your individual situation, but don’t stop doing what you love. If you can only afford to practice your craft occasionally, don’t beat yourself up about it, but on the other hand remember to always keep an eye out for opportunities. It’s unlikely that someone will come along and offer you an amazing opportunity to practice your craft full time, but it is possible that someone will say yes when you ask them to give you an opportunity.
∞Enjoy your week, everyone. Give thought to that passion nestled in your heart.
Enjoy your week, everyone. Give thought to that passion nestled in your heart.
See you soon!
Living the Dream,