Testing, Testing

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I haven't done this in a while. Blogging in general, but definitely blogging on my site. And that almost feels like treachery. Like I'm letting you down, dear reader. But here we are. A new blog post and much to discuss. 

As of press time, it is February 8, 2021. We have survived one of the craziest years of my life, and are inching ever so steadily to the one year anniversary of the beginning of the global pandemic. While on lockdown, I was still creating, but there were so many other things to contend with, I didn't really feel compelled to write about my creative process or the struggles I faced as an entrepreneur, at least until now. 

2020 was a challenge. I learned more about me in those 365.25 days than I had the year before. I was pushed to go deeper as a creative, and as a person. Forced to look at myself and be clear about my priorities. I had to reclaim parts of my identity that I had discarded, and look again at what I was doing with my time and talent. I was being tested. I'd like to believe I passed. 

Then 2021 came, and I stepped into a new avenue, Amazon. No sooner than I'd posted my first piece there "Paradise Found", it was lifted and used in other products by someone who wasn't me. I've reported the plagiarists and gotten a few of the items removed, but it still stung. It was also invigorating because I'd finally created something "worthy" of lifting. This is a safe space, and I tell the truth. 

So here we are, 8 days into Black History Month, 6 weeks into 2021, and I'm creating again. I feel better about what's coming out of my sessions too. Some of them have been added to the store, others have not. I'm making things that reflect where I think we all are: looking for inspiration, walking boldly in our purpose, and staying grounded

I'm grateful for this moment with you, and excited about what's to come. 

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