Monday, October 31, 2016

The Joy of Artful Blogging

I'm putting aside Joy List Monday today, or maybe it's just simplifying my list. I hope you are remembering to pay attention to the day's joys and to set aside time for gratitude, whether your list is long or short.

I have quite a few things on my list right now, but I'm sharing just one today.

I can't remember when I discovered the magazine Artful Blogging, but the oldest issue I have is from 2010, from before I had started blogging here. I know that even then I longed to be within those pages. I wasn't painting yet at that point, just hovering on the edge of taking my first creative leap. Although I didn't have a clear picture of what I wanted this new, creative life to look like, I knew I wanted it to be beautiful enough to be featured in Artful Blogging Magazine.

Fast forward six years...

Artful Blogging Magazine, tea, studio, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Six years of learning. Six years of writing. Six years of trial and error. Six years of clarifying my dream of a creative life.

Artful Blogging Magazine, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

And six years of encouragement from YOU.

Artful Blogging Magazine, tea, studio, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

As I fumbled about, finding my way. Failing. Trying again.

Artful Blogging Magazine, tea, studio, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

I am so grateful to have realized my dreams of finding my place among these pages.

Artful Blogging Magazine, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

And I'm so grateful to YOU. Each of you. Who read these words. Who leave comments on my posts. Who buy my art. Who inspire me. Who send me encouragement in so many ways.

I hope you'll be able to put your hands on a copy of this issue. The article I've written is for you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

You bring me joy. Each day.

artful blogging magazine, blog banners, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

14 comments:

  1. Tending the precious embers of your dreams, you've brought warmth and light to all of us. Congratulations for struggling always to be the best version of yourself and encouraging us to do the same.

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    1. Thanks so much for so many things. Always.

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  2. This is wonderful, Anne! Congratulations on taking a big step forward in your creative career! I can't wait to buy my own copy of the magazine and share it with others. You are an inspiration! xo

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I'm so glad you've been along on my journey cheering me on and encouraging me.

      xo

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  3. Congratulations my friend. You have inspired me so much to just go for it with my flower market. I feed off the inspiration you send our way.
    I also appreciate the honesty in your posts about the hard times too.
    xx oo
    Thank You!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I'm so glad that our paths have crossed. It makes me so happy to know that you're following your dreams and I'm delighted to know that I've given you inspiration.

      We all have hard times and although I don't like to dwell on them, sweeping them entirely under the carpet doesn't help anyone at all. I'm glad you appreciate that!

      Thank YOU for all the encouragement!!

      xo

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  4. I love all of the above comments and add my big "woooohoooo" from Vermont! You have such focus and determination and it is paying off so beautifully this year. xoxoxoxoxoxox

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    1. Thanks so much Karen! Your support and encouragement mean so much to me! "Wooooohooo!" indeed!!

      xo

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  5. Congratulations Anne! That is a wonderful accomplishment. I would like to feature in a magazine one day. Maybe that should be on my 'bucket list'! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Simone! Glad to have you here cheering me on!

      Maybe your jewelry will be featured in a magazine some day. Glad you've been on a roll with it!

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  6. Many congratulations Anne!!
    You really deserve it all! I always admire you for your effort and commitment.
    Lots of hurrays from me!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! Lovely to have you cheering for me. You've been along for much of my creative journey and I appreciate all your kind comments and support!!

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  7. I finally got my hands on a copy and I must say it is lovely. Your spread is so light filled and gracious. I'm enjoying the other stories as well. xo

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    1. Thank you, Karen!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the magazine. I haven't read much of it yet. I take my time reading magazines. I'm happy to know there are some good articles to savor.

      xo

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