Welcome, or welcome back! As promised Seize a Daisy visually has been cleaned up and expanded in its content. Since this blog’s launch, last May, I’ve tinkered with its intention and purpose, but third time’s the charm! Why? Well, it’s all about how dominoes fell my way for the right reasons.
Have you noticed that in life everything happens for a reason? This is the wise “knowingness” of my mom that was passed down by her mom and words that I’ve believed from childhood. In fact, a backstory of my recent experiences will explain why I know this to be true.
On November 1, 2016, I changed this site to a book blog by writing the post, Rewind to Authors’ Debuts. It felt like a brilliant idea — a “win-win-win” situation of introducing well-known authors at the start of their careers. Forgotten debut books would garner new attention, readers could experience discovering new authors, and I, already having written the content years ago, would only have to republish posts!
The concept worked well for about six weeks and then even I started to become bored. Do you remember the commercial of that small mustached baker who awakened every morning and said, “time to make the doughnuts” and off he shuffled? Well, that’s exactly how I felt.
What was wrong, what was I missing in not being able to grab any attention for these amazing authors? I tried again in the new year with what I hoped was a clearer explanation but How to Meet and Choose an Author only recorded the same dismal results. Finally, I looked inside myself and realized I was resting on my laurels. Yes, the debut authors I introduced and promoted had become successful by moving on and I had not!
That was when:
The first of three dominoes fell my way
On Friday, February 10th I received Eileen Cook’s monthly newsletter, posting it the next day as Eileen Cook: Happy Valentine’s Day.
In her writing, Eileen mentioned being involved in The Creative Women Summit that began Monday, the 13th. She promised, “If you’ve been waiting to jump start your creativity — this is for you.”
I enrolled in a flash and spent the first day being dazzled by everything presented.
That was when:
The second of three dominoes fell my way
On Valentine’s Day, I tried to log-in to Seize a Daisy to publish Q & A with Danielle Younge-Ullman but both my website designer and I were “locked out.”
Although being annoyed and puzzled, I dismissed the “lockout” to a server glitch that would repair itself. I could check back on it later after immersing myself in another day of creativity at the Summit.
Of course, the glitch became a frustrating problem that took countless hours waiting on a Help Support Line to be resolved. And yet I welcomed the downtime, allowing me to think about the variety of creative women in all fields of artistry.
That was when:
The third of three (major) dominoes fell my way
On Wednesday, the 15th, I received a snail mail Valentine from my dear friend Charlotte. It was instant love for a picture absolutely perfect as a banner for this blog.
You know the feeling of wanting something that was “meant to be” yours? Entitled “daisy love,” that photo was ALL mine. It was an Avanti card, photo by Shelly Wason with a Facebook Page that led me to her website.
Now could Shelly, would Shelly be willing to create a blog banner from her card? Well, I think the answer is obvious and I hope you love this new look almost as much as I do!
However, dominoes didn’t fall my way simply to change Seize a Daisy’s banner. Instead, attending the Creative Women’s Summit unlocked my personal sense of creativity. I became flooded with ideas and my brain felt ready to explode. How could I have missed the talent of others who had seized a daisy and were living their joy?
Rather than celebrate and showcase only authors, this blog will now feature and highlight creativity in all forms. From photography to pottery, musicians to fashion design, jewelry making to designing apps, that’s what I intend to present here. Because — and I’m paraphrasing a recently read quote — creativity is about building things.
If I build this blog in that direction, will you come and bring along friends? To be successful, I’d like both your input and feedback. Please contact me IF:
1. You have a specific creativity that you would like to see featured.
2. You would like to recommend a creative person to be featured.
3. You are a creative who would like to be featured.
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Finally, during the month Seize a Daisy was being transformed, I discovered a bit of my own creativity on Instagram. Do come along, take a look, and Follow me!
See you soon…
[Acknowledgements: Thank you to Crystal Stranaghan and Donna Barker for co-hosting The Creative Women Summit 20217, to all the presenters, and to my fellow participants. A major offering of gratitude to Shelly Wason for customizing her “daisy love” card into Seize a Daisy’s banner, and a most heartfelt thank you to Charlotte (who has no idea there is a new banner) for knowing me so well. To Emily, a multi-talented creative friend — from fig + black — who designed my logo, and to my loyal readers who have been extremely patient throughout the month of March.]