As I’m sure you can see, Laurie Coyle Designs has been going through some huge changes this last year or so.
If you’ve been following me for any time now you might have seen that I change my mind a lot.
I’ve gone through iterations of my business that focused on:
- handmade cards
- art prints
- screenprinted goodness
- sewn objects
- fabric design
- graphic design
- web design
- invitation design
- even photography and interior design.
I feel like I’ve done it all and explored so many angles of being an artist and designer, and then a health coach — what? (more on that later) I even considered becoming a professional basketmaker. no joke.
So then, one day (with the help of my amazing coach!) I realized that the REASON why my business wasn’t thriving in the way I envisioned was because
it wasn’t my true path.
LIGHTBULB moment. Truth. Hard truth. Shocking truth.
I had always thought it was the biggest, most admirable dream to be an artist.
To make money making art.
And the funny thing is, I still think that.
I am so impressed and inspired by anyone making a living as a creative.
As a maker, as a painter, as a designer, as a crafter.
And I still create. Everyday.
Sometimes it’s painting, however usually it’s making lunch for my daughter, or arranging some flowers on the dining room table. Or arranging the toys on the shelf.
I had been thinking about offering painting classes online. I thought about offering “painting for non-painters” live in-person.
I thought I needed to teach the “marketable skills” that I knew.
However, my passion was elsewhere.
It went more and more to the inner work involved in all of this creating.
It was totally clear and a true, deep, inner knowing that my path was elsewhere.
I finally saw that my path involved coaching and teaching. And I was thrilled.
I am so thrilled to know that my work lies in showing you how to channel all of your disperate passions (if you’re anything like me and you have SO MANY passions and ideas) into one thriving, lucrative career path.
Yes, another angle of why my business wasn’t thriving was that I wasn’t focusing.
I had so many ideas and so many passions, and I wasn’t comfortable in choosing one.
I kept saying that I needed to choose one thing, to focus (my friend Kari was hearing this from me over and over again for many years — sorry Kari!).
However, I wasn’t actually willing to do that — again because none of the choices in front of me, that I had been trying on, were the true path I wanted to be on.
Turns out (and this is so hard to say!) I wasn’t called to be an artist — I wasn’t passionate about any one artform.
And then, I saw that I was truly inspired by HELPING other creative souls find their own path.
What I know is creativity.
I know how to be a creative business owner and I know how to channel all your passions and learning into a moneymaking pursuit.
I know how to help you integrate all of your passions into one elegant (or badass or weird or funky) idea, identify the throughline and move forward with your true, best, most fulfilled life.
It’s humbling for me to say that this work is life-changing, however, it’s true! That’s truly THE WHOLE POINT:
To change your life and make more money and be ON FIRE in your work and life.
To make more money in less time (it’s totally possible!) doing work you LOVE.
To be free to work from wherever you want.
To have more energy at the end of the day to spend time with the people you love.
To wake up excited to do your work and offer it up to the world.
To inspire the next generation to chase their dreams and live their best life.
To make art and not worry about the marketability of it; to just create for art’s sake.
To be the most fired up, radiant and abundant version of yourself; to make money and be happy and free!
If this was your reality, how would your work be changed? How would your world be changed?
(I’ll be talking more soon about how I integrate my Holistic Health Coach Training into this work — a double-whammy of radiant health and fulfilling work?! Yowza!)
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Please share any a-has in the comments below. I’d love to hear what one action you will take today to work toward finding your passion.