On Making Business Decisions, Age, and Art

At some point, I have to make a decision.


Will I focus on the belly dance side of my business or on the homeschooling literature, sword, leather working side?


One doesn't exclude the other, but I have to make a decision short-term for focus. I can't simultaneously focus on two businesses and adequately grow both.


And I love both!


Given my age, I'm going for dance in 2022 (while keeping a schedule for the other going but without the emphasis YET).

I've created a strong leather working outline for the year and have a bare-bones promotional campaign in mind.


As long as the leather working pays for itself, I'm satisfied with this until 2023.


My long-term goal is to have a true co-op/academy with history/literature/leather working/HEMA/HAMA (Historical African Martial Arts), but that needs to grow a little more organically.


Plus, I'm working on an idea that will enable my body and mind to stay strong enough to continue crafting into my dotage (a word I love).


D.A.Y. Makers is opening in 2022.


I've been working on this idea for years--how to fit movement and making into a class.


The problem is that I'm not great at art. I'm not bad, but I'm not trained, so I don't have a system to teach or a distinct style or (really) a desire to be a teacher in art.


Also videography and lighting still elude me!


Enter D.A.Y. Maker: Dance, Art, and Yoga.


I know the term "Day Maker" isn't new, but it reminds me of my uncle who called a mirror his day maker, and his boisterous, unapologetic self-confidence.


Add to it the play on art--makers, and I'm satisfied literarily and literally.


My first online session (which I haven't pushed: that darn videography) is Saturday, but the one I'm truly excited for happens locally December 8.


We'll start with 10 minutes of belly dance followed by 40 minutes of creation/reading/coloring and ending with 10 minutes of yoga.


Here's my why: I feel deeply for the artistic and writing communities.


I understand the passion and the hours of creation that can happen, but I also know the toll that takes on the body.

I also know how hard it can be to "take time to exercise" when the muse hits. Exercise seems like such a chore! And then to stretch after arting--ugh. I'd rather sleep.\


The goal of this container is to introduce artists to creative movement and stretch with the emphasis staying on the painting/drawing/crocheting/etc.


The guided part is to give a sense of structure so that all parts of self-care are included with the hope that the structure starts to become a part of their lives in other ways.


This also gives me a sense of accountability. When I get antsy to make but unfocused, that ten minutes of dance puts me in the mood and mindset to create, and a good stretch lets me move back into the real world of dinners and cleaning fluids and bill paying with a little less stress.


So here's to decisions and a strong belief that Providence guides and provides!







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