October 18, 2011

Laura Bray

Since this is Storyteller's Tuesday, I wanted to share Laura Bray's story from Katydiddy's.  She inspires me!

I wanted to be a hairdresser and drive a Trans Am. That was my first childhood dream. After receiving a set of Fashion Plates ® for my tenth birthday, I changed my mind and wanted to be a fashion designer. That dream stuck with me until a very mean high school teacher informed me that I had no artistic talent. I ended up getting an MBA and owning a Human Resources firm instead. In 2005, I had my daughter and my life completely changed. At 35, I was forced to take a hard look at what I was doing with my life and realized that I still wanted to do something creative.  I worked through the damage that was done by my wicked art teacher (and my own misconceptions about what I was capable of) and have been sewing, creating, entertaining, and designing ever since.

Since embarking on my career as a professional craft designer and lifestyle expert, I've found more joy in my life.  I love sharing my creative adventures with other woman as we all try to find ways to bring creativity to every aspect of our lives.

This summer I took an ecourse from Laura on Multiple Streams of Income.  I'm not a planner.  Let's just be upfront about that. My attitude about starting an online business up until that point had been hit and miss.  Laura asked me what I truly wanted to accomplish.  Teaching?  Helping others with their business?  Spreading beauty into the world?  She encouraged me to assess my reasons which helped me determine my goals.  Her plan was simple. Check out her ebooks through the link (under the picture) on my right sidebar. (Note: I receive a small commission from any books sold through the link on my blog)

I'm joining Storytellers today.  Click on the button below to read more artists stories or to add your own.  (P.S. Sadee with Storytellers lives in Germany, so sometimes there's a delay between my posting and hers)

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  1. Going to check out this link - I like the way your thinking is going. Trying to put it all together, to mix and match what it is that you truly want to do - I know how that feels. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds on your adventure. I love in your last post the bit about sustainable living - been on my mind a lot lately too - even looked at small holding for sale in my area yesterday - ah we can dream (and do)

  2. Hi! Yikes -- I lost you for a few months...sorry about that.

    But I'm back, and your colorful, happy, art-y blog is more cheerful than ever!

  3. It's too bad about that "wicked art teacher!" So sad that the very person who should have been so inspiring caused so much damage instead. BUT, what a wonderful thing that Laura received all that business training as a result! I'm sure that goes a long way in her art business!

  4. Darn art teacher. So inspiring though that she still managed to follow her dreams all those years later. You go girl!

  5. I recently learned that you don't have to be good at your sacred gifts...being good is not what is required.
    Loving what you do and giving this gift to others is the most important thing.
    It really goes against all that we are taught, but it does not make it any less true.
    When we do what we love, our heart soars and that spills on to those around us...it is a good thing.
    Great story!

    Love and Light

  6. Sad to say, we need to warn our children about teachers. Anyone, really, who tries to sabotage our dreams and our art. There are terrific teachers out there who nuture and inspire. But, there are also the ones who haven't lived to their own potential who do damage to others. That makes me so sad. I'm sorry that happened to you. I am glad, though, that you felt the need to re-examine your creative life, then embrace it.
    Go. Create. Inspire!

  7. Thanks for featuring me! Your readers are all so supportive! I hope everyone sees that what other people say doesn't matter. Follow your dreams and always be true to yourself.


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