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The acquisition of any skill is a simple equation:

Consistency + Patience = Results.

Basically, practice without giving up.

But consistency doesn’t mean doing something all the time to the exclusion of everything else you love, it means doing something regularly.

This applies to any goal or desire. It works for something concrete, like improving your drawing skills, or something abstract, like overcoming your fear of selling what you make.

In a nutshell–you can do anything–as long as you’re not in a hurry.

And you can practice that too! ;)


Ain’t Life Grand?!

Love, your Devoted Muse



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 You fulfill your commitments to other people because you are a LOVING and RESPONSIBLE person.

And basically, that’s super great.

Now, imagine committing to yourself with that same consistency and integrity.


 Seriously, close your eyes and imagine that.

I’ll wait.


WHOA, do you see what I see?

Breaking Out the Creative Juices!

Love, Your Devoted Muse

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When you have a new idea for your art, it’s easy to feel that it’s not interesting enough,
or a little silly, or somehow, *not worthy.*

This is ESPECIALLY true in your first steps of working on the idea in earnest—putting paint to canvas, or pen to paper, or beads to wire, or eye to camera etc.—in fact, this is usually when your idea feels dumbest—and when most people stop.

Keep going.

It’s normal to have second thoughts—your idea is at its most fragile at this point, so of course it’s vulnerable. Don’t roll your eyes at yourself–have the courage to help your little baby grow. You’re exploring an idea, not insisting on it. :-)

You can always self-censor later, so what’s the hurry?

Isn’t this Fun?

Love, your Devoted Muse

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Today’s Message from Your Muse

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How can your environment better serve your creativity?

For instance, what’s put away that needs to be out?

What’s out that needs to be put away?

What do you need to carry with you?

What do you need to leave at home?

What outdated supplies do you keep that maybe another artist/teacher/kid can use instead?

Creating an environment that serves your creativity is truly empowering.

And YOU, my artistic friend, are worth it!

Yes, Create Your Power Space!

Love, Your Devoted Muse

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SXSW 2015

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Last summer, I asked you to vote for my SXSWedu workshop proposal and your votes really helped–I was accepted and the workshop was a big success. I was so thrilled. THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me.
This year, I’m submitting again…Will you take a moment to VOTE for my group panel proposal for 2015 called Learning to Fail with Style and Grace?

I’m proposing this panel with two lovely University of Texas professors–they are both very experienced educators with some serious chops in the field of creativity research. They’re also musicians and one has done fantastic work with at-risk kids, so it should be a very practical and inspiring discussion.


  1. Click here to vote for my panel:
  2. If you are taken to a general overview page after logging in, please type in “Learning to Fail with Style and Grace” into the search box and my proposal should pop up. Click on it.
  3. You’ll see 2 videos–my video is below the video of the guy with white hair. (One of my fellow panelists.) Watching is optional. :)
  4. Click the “thumbs up” icon to vote for my panel.
  5. Optional: Leave a comment about how groovy I am.
  6. If you have time, email me afterward to let me know you voted. (It keeps me excited about the process!) (

If you have any questions for me before you vote, just hit “reply” to this email and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.

Participating last year really helped my business in unexpected ways including my developing creativity workshops for business professionals that I’m super excited about.


Big Hugs, Sarah
P.S. For those who’ve never heard of it, SXSW (South by Southwest) is a huge innovation conference in Austin, Texas that has several sections–music, film, digital and education. I’m submitting to the education section.

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Andree Kehn

This month’s Inspiring Creatives interview is with Andree Kehn, a smart, talented, and super successful wedding photographer living in rural Maine.

Andree went from resisting wedding photography as a career path altogether to being named one of the top 100 Wedding Photojournalists in the world by the Wedding Photojournalism Association (WPJA). Wow! Clearly, she has talent.

But before you get depressed and intimidated, one of the reasons I chose to interview Andree (aside from her being one of my favorite people) is that her path to success was a very long and windy one. So if you’re thinking it’s too late for your creative career, it’s not.

She shares some super inspiring insights into how she succeeded in business being her quirky artist self, her techniques for pushing herself creatively, and finding her niche within a niche.

The Interview

Here’s the interview–broken down by topic–plus a few images of Andree’s wonderful work. See more gorgeous photos in the gallery on her website,

And if you have a question for Andree (or just want to share), please ask it in the comments area and we’ll respond.

1. It’s Never Too Late:
From Carny to Award Winning Wedding Photographer

Click HERE to listen to this segment. (13 min. 13 sec.)
Find out how the years Andree thought were wasted in supposedly dead-end jobs ended up giving her incredible skills for wedding photography.

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2. Rebels as a Target Market

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(5 min. 12 sec.)
Learn how Andree figured out who her right people were and how she helps them find her. (We also dig deeper into this topic in the segment called Her Smartest Move, so make sure to give that a listen too.)

3. Welcoming Criticism

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(5 min. 55 sec.)
Andree shares fantastic insights about the power of welcoming criticism, making bad stuff, the illusion of perfection, and the truth of hard work vs. natural talent.

4. Creative Challenges

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(3 min. 48 sec.)
Andree shares her favorite techniques for keeping it fresh and I was psyched because it’s one of my favorites too–even though it’s often frowned upon and misunderstood. Have a listen.

5. *Her Smartest Move*

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(6 min. 6 sec.)
We talk more about how she embraced her super narrow niche-within-a-niche and the actions she takes to support that choice in her marketing. She offers some GREAT advice about how to do the same thing yourself and why it’s so important. If you can only listen to one segment, listen to this one!


SXSW Creativity and Collaboration

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I’ve submitted a proposal to teach a workshop on the intersection of creativity and collaboration called The Creative Breakthroughs Technique at a giant, uber-cool annual conference and festival called SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin TX in 2014.

Some of you have taken a similar class with me over the phone. (Yup, art over the phone–it works!) I’m in love with this technique for building a creative momentum and providing a structure to unleash your creativity.

Building Creative Muscle

The workshop I’m proposing for SXSW includes a new and interesting addition to the original workshop–collaboration. It fascinates me that collaboration itself is such a complex creative challenge for artists and non-artists alike.

I’m targeting two different parts of the festival and adapting the workshop for each audience. The approach for the workshop for SXSW educators is geared toward helping those professionals who might not feel creative or artistic to better understand the creative process and how a more fully developed creative muscle enhances one’s thinking in every context.

For the professional SXSW digital creatives, I want to get them back to a physical, hands-on creative experience as well as move them out of their comfort zone with unexpected collaborative challenges.

Will You Please Vote for Me?

Competition is fierce and it would be a HUGE credibility boost for me to speak and teach at this conference. Almost like saying I did a TED talk. (Which, of course, is another goal…but I digress.)

Voting is a big part of their selection process. I’ve submitted one proposal to two areas of the festival.

Could you take a moment to vote for my proposal in both places?

  • Click here to vote for my proposal for forward thinking educators.


  • Click here to vote for my proposal for digital creatives:

The Nitty-Gritty

For those of you who’d like more details about what the heck I’m talking about, here’s a recap:

I’ve submitted the same proposal to two separate arenas of the festival:

  • SXSW interactive:
    This show caters to super hip, bleeding edge digital creative types–they received over 3,000 proposals because of their uber-coolness factor. It’s probably a stretch for me to get in, but their theme this year is creativity and inspiration which is why I thought my workshop could be a great fit even though I’m not famous or uber-cool.
  • SXSW edu:
    This show is smaller and a fairly new category for SXSW. It’s dedicated to forward thinking education leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs. It’s also closer to my heart because I think like a teacher myself and I believe educators (esp. art educators) are some of the most maligned, under supported professionals today.
    I’m starting to realize that I want to be a part of the education conversation in this country as well as a more vocal advocate for the relevance and necessity of the arts and creativity in every aspect of learning and living life.

The Upshot (Basically, Please Vote)

To vote, SXSW will ask you to register/create a login (don’t worry: they do NOT put you on a promotional list).

  • Click here to vote for my proposal for forward thinking educators.
  • Click here to vote for my proposal for digital creatives:

Afterward, I’d love for you to post comments in the proposal area and share our proposals on Facebook and Twitter with your friends and contacts.

Thanks so much, I really really appreciate this!
Warmly, Sarah