A Pinch of Creativity is Moving!

There is so much to share that I don't even know where to begin! I will try to keep if as brief as I can!
 

This year, my guiding word turned into two words! I chose listen and expand. Opposite words they would seem, one inward, one outward. One passive, one of action.

The universe works in mysterious ways, and I love it. My lease in the studio is in its last year, so I knew this was a year of decisions for me. Big changes, big decisions and big dreams. So I knew that when Listenwas my word, that I needed to do just that. I stopped reading books that I thought would give me guidance and looked inside my heart. I signed up for a new facilitators course and I took a super duper, major intense business course that helped me to see things very clearly for running a heart centered business like I always knew I wanted!

When I moved from being an artisan in markets and shows, a workshop facilitator in my home and other venues, and opened A Pinch of Creativity as a bricks and mortar store; well lets just say it was a BIG move!

Being an entrepreneur, a sole business owner, is exhausting, rewarding, frustrating and glorious sometimes all in one day! Those who do it, and run their own bricks and mortar business, know its a challenge, but you see my biggest problem was that I had two businesses! Not everyone realized that I ran the boutique all day, all the while running my workshop business at the same time. Needless to say it wore me out! And I had to choose what I love to do, I needed to remember what I wanted to feel every day while providing an inspired environment for everyone who came to my classes and workshops!

While A Pinch of Creativity is moving, the boutique is staying!

I am excited to share that I have found someone who is not only taking over my lease, she is continuing on with the beautiful artisan boutique that I worked so hard to create! She is a perfect fit and she is definitely going to do an amazing job! I have such great artisans who have supported me through my journey, and so many great customers who love and support me, our artisans and local small business. I am so grateful for all of it!

Please welcome Lyne of Little Tree Hugger Soap, who will be taking over for me as the new Pink Moon Boutique! Isn't that the best name ever! Please follow Lyne and the new boutique on Instagram here. You can also follow Little Tree Hugger Soap on Instagram here. Please note that the change over will take effect August 1st! It's a very quick transition but Lyne and I have been working hard to make sure it stays seamless and we will have no days of closure for the change over. Perfect right? We are crossing our fingers it works that way!
 

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I am on the search for a new space! The perfect space!

So please stay tuned for upcoming news! I have so many new workshops planned and of course will still continue with my private events and birthday parties! Please check out what's planned for July here!

Creating Goals with Soul

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When you think of the word “goals” what comes to mind? High fives or disappointment? Encouragement or anxiety? I’m leading a workshop about a NEW way to set goals that feel good to make and if you want a sneak peek, it’s yours.Sign up here to receive more information!

Follow me on my Creative Journey

While I will still keep my A Pinch of Creativity Instagram, you can also follow me here on my other Instagram where I share my art and will share my new online workshop platform when its up and running!

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I want to thank everyone of you who have supported my journey thus far, and hope that you continue to join me on this wild ride! I am so excited by all the new workshops I am creating and dreaming up and I want to offer you more of the workshops you want to participate in! Have a great week!       ~~Tannis

The Truth About Courage

What is Courage?

The dictionary meaning of courage is this: "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, pain, danger, etc, without fear."

I disagree.

I think courage is doing something, even if it frightens you. "Do it scared", as they say. Or how about "be scared, do it anyway". I see the posts all over social media and in any entrepreneur business class I have ever taken, or started and not taken.

I do think there is something to it, the whole being scared and doing it anyway. A few years ago I saw a post on Facebook that read "What is one thing you would do today if you weren't scared?" I answered it in my head and then I thought, to hell with it, I'm going to try it. That was teaching myself to paint. I practiced courage then. A practice it is! That's where I think the misconception is, that you either are courageous or not. I think it's something we practice throughout our lives. 

I believe we are all some level of courageous, we just don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about it. or analyzing all of the things we do every damn day that take courage. Sometimes getting out of bed, getting dressed, going to work, all takes courage. I also believe that over the years we replace courage with words like responsibility, career, commitments... What do you think?

How about "Creativity takes Courage".

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It's true, Creativity does take courage. For those of us who share our work with others, it takes a whole lot of courage. We are putting ourselves out there to be criticized, ridiculed, made fun of, judged, and that is really difficult.

But I am learning that it's difficult for you too. The people who want to learn, who want to take a class, the ones who watch the how to videos in the privacy of your own homes, craving to learn how to learn that cool new thing. You also need to move into your courage,  and learn to embrace it. I hear you, I know you. You may even be the one who thinks, "wow, you've got something I wish I had." Well let me tell you this, you do have it. It is courage that shows up when you say yes when your mind, your fear, your ego tells you no, or tells you you can't do it. Just like creativity is a practice, so is courage. Before I was able to share any of my work, I had stacks of canvases that were horrible, dozens I threw out and dozens I painted over, sometimes more than once. Some of my pretty paintings, actually hold an ugly, possibly puke colored painting beneath them!

I want you to know that creativity resides within you, I hope that you decide to embrace it and live up to your potential!

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There's so much to share with you!

I am super proud of a new workshop that I have created, All about Layering, A 5 week Intuitive Painting Art Class. As I grow my business, I am learning what you all want, and I put this class together with you in mind. It moves at a great pace to allow you to learn and practice, discover and grow, and I want to share it with you! You will learn the basics on what you need to get started, how to use all of the supplies you need and you will have fun layering with paint and ink and stencils! You can learn all about it here on the classes page.  There is an early booking bonus that ends May 17th so be sure to book before then!

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If you have a teenage daughter, I am offering a fabulous workshop for girls Age 11-16, I Am More. I really put my heart and soul into this one, and I hope that there is enough interest to make it a go. I created a workbook for the workshop (yikes that was a huge learning curve for me!), and new creative activities! It will be about soul searching for them, finding the answers as we practice creating, and hopefully they will find inspiration and empowerment that comes with discovering exactly who they are! You can learn all about that here, on the classes page too. The early booking for this one closes at the end of May.

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Check out the NEW Party Room!

We have always hosted birthday parties, stagette  parties, ladies nights and work events, but now we have a separate pretty room for when the event calls for it!

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There's always something new going on it seems like! But I do like change! If you have any questions at all about any of the workshops, or would like to book your own private creativity party, please e mail me! Just hit reply to this e mail! I hope to see you soon. I hope you enjoy the sunshine this week!

Tannis

Time to think Spring Break

Just popping in with a quick reminder that we have a few Spring Break workshops scheduled and coming up! The deadline to register is March 22nd. Take a look at them here on the website! Space is always limited, as I like to keep the kids classes to under 6 participants.

I hope that there may be something listed that you can book! In order to serve you better and to ensure that I am offering a range of workshops for the ages of my followers, would you mind taking this 2 minute survey? There are only 10 questions and you can take it right here . Thank you so much for taking the time, I really appreciate it. Also if you have friends who also sign their kids up for workshops or summer camp, please feel free to forward it to them. I also have it listed on my Facebook page!

There are always new things going on at A Pinch of Creativity, so watch for some exciting news coming into your inbox soon!

Have a great day and enjoy the Spring weather we will be getting. Say NO to any more snow! :)

I hope to see you soon.

Tannis