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Jodi: Mommy’s going to be a what?!

I took part in my first teleconference today and I rocked it! I’m 39 and I was genuinely terrified to do this call. My husband who has done a thousand of these calls is out of town so I didn’t even have him to lean on. I was on my own. Just me. Okay, let me back up a bit.

I’m going to be a Creativity Coach. An actual Kaizen Muse! This time last year I was a burnt-out daycare provider. I was also an uber-talented photographer (in my own mind) and a wannabe writer. I needed a change. Badly. I felt like I was going to explode. I made the decision to close my daycare and be happily unemployed until I figured out what my next move was. In September 2010 I started my blog, Living Life Photographically. In November 2010 I opened up my first Etsy shop and filled it with my best prints. I joined a few teams and held my breath. I’d never sold anything before and had no idea what I was doing.

One morning in March 2011 I finally got my first sale from a stranger for one of my prints. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I hollered for my hubby to come downstairs to confirm that what I was looking at was my first sale. It was indeed, I’d made my first $30 from my photography! I sold a few more prints after that and I continued to blog my butt off. My readership grew to in the 400’s and I was now lining up guest posters and conversing regularly with some crazy talented women. In the meanwhile I had come across Studio Mothers and Miranda graciously said yes when I e-mailed her to see I was Studio Mother material. I discovered (and have a total girl crush on) Goddess Leonie. I joined her forum and started networking there.

I then got the itch to do something a bit more hands-on with my photography. I’d created my ‘Write’ print and it was selling fantastically. I wanted to be able to offer it to those who didn’t want it as a print. Long story short, I got into the jewelry biz. I shrunk down my images and made jewelry from them. My jewelry then started to outsell my photography so I closed up my Photography by Jodi shop and opened up Creative Life Designs. I transferred over my favorite prints and sold them in this shop instead. It was the best decision. I maintain 1 shop and sales are steadily growing. I was officially a WAHM. I was making my own money!

But something was still missing. I was using my hands to fill my creative need but my brain was craving more. I then came across Miranda’s coaching site and filled out her questionnaire about my creative habits. It took me 45 minutes and I tried to be as honest as possible. It was while answering these questions that I realized I wanted to do more for my fellow creatives. If I could, at 39, have so much fun writing for my blogs (I started a 2nd blog, Creative Life Designs), enjoying my photography and making jewelry, why couldn’t others have this same opportunity? I know that sounds simplistic. I know that not everyone can quit their job tomorrow to pursue their dreams, but what if I could give them a gentle nudge to at least consider this possibility? And if they considered it, what if I could help them realize it?

I was them. I’m still them. I could help them. I could help ease them into a creative life. I could help them realize that they are worth the effort.

I needed some credentials. I was positive that “Mom to 4 who has dabbled in a thousand creative areas” was not going to get me clients. I hit my bookshelves. I waited for a sign. It came one day in the form of Jill Badonsky’s The Awe-Manac. When I opened up that yellow book and read what was inside, I knew I’d found my calling. I could not get to her website quick enough! It had to be fate that she had a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching session coming up in less than 6 weeks. And then I stopped dead in my tracks. Unlike all the other courses online that I’ve paid for and taken, this one required that I e-mail her and tell her why I should be accepted into the course. I sat and stared at my laptop screen. What in goddess’s name would I tell her to convince her? I had no background in this field and haven’t had a “regular” job in 7 years. I walked away from my laptop. Defeated. I moped all evening. I finally convinced myself to try again the next day — what was she going to do? Ridicule me? Not answer my plea? I wrote what was in my heart and she replied a few hours later.

“You wrote a beautiful application and you are wonderfully suited for this training. I think you will be thrilled with it. You have a great experience in the creative process and I can tell, a full heart. This model combines the spiritual with the scientific and you seem to be dwelling in those realms as well.”

I was in! I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t told anyone, hubby included, in case she turned me down. Now I had to convince my hubby that I would be the best Creativity Coach that the coaching world has ever seen. Gulp. I turned on the charm and here I am. I have the textbooks, I have a brand-new funky binder filled with my Code of Ethics and lesson material. I bought new highlighters. I love to highlight!

I love my life and I adore my hubby and kids, but, I am educated and I need to be doing more. I have a spark now that I have not had in years and it feels fantastic! I feel fantastic! I can’t wait to see where this journey leads me…here I go!

Learning the Kaizen Way.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. WOW!! So exciting!

    Secretly, I harbor a peripheral desire to do MORE for more people with my creative skills, but I don’t know what that is…right now, it only seems to be jewelry. I look forward to hearing more about your journey!

    August 25, 2011
  2. your enthusiasm is thrilling! congratulations on pulling all of your creative pieces together into this new direction.

    August 25, 2011
  3. How exciting for you!!! Congratulations

    August 25, 2011
  4. What an exciting opportunity and you seem so enthusiastic. I can see you doing really well with this!!

    August 25, 2011
  5. How very exciting for you!! Congratulations!!


    August 25, 2011
  6. I am so so so thrilled for you!
    I really am… I would love to take the course you are doing.. maybe one day when I get more sales! Hugs I secretly am wishing I was you.
    xo love to you
    happy monday!
    All I wanna do is inspire others too!

    August 29, 2011
  7. How exciting! Your post is inspiring; you’re impacting people’s creativity for the better already!

    September 11, 2011
  8. Thank you ladies, so much, for all the positive feedback! I’m in week 3 of my course and I’m LOVING it!

    September 11, 2011

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