Hello! Grace here.
I hope you had a lovely weekend. For us, it was a pleasant mixture of my Mum, Paul & Sam Crowe on Hochanda… and also the superbowl over here in the States! We threw a party 🙂
Firstly, if you watched Sam Crowe on Friday (her first ever Hochanda show!) I’m sure you’ll agree that she smashed it out of the park! Didn’t she do brilliantly? The mixed media stamps are so cool! I’m excited to have them over here in the States in the future. For now they are available on our general website:
If you didn’t get to watch it (and also missed Barbara/my Mum getting emotional at the end) you can find the first show on repeat here:
I vividly remember doing a telly show on C&C about 8.5 years ago, and feeling absolutely terrified. So I’m fully aware that doing a live tv show is no small feat. My Mum used to get SO nervous, and now she does it like an absolute pro multiple times a month! Not so dissimilar to how nervous I used to get for voice over auditions, and now I feel totally comfortable doing them. Funny what we’re capable of once we build confidence in something.
I’m sure some of Clarity’s highly experienced design team members and some talented customers were nervous to post their first piece of artwork on a page, and now look at them! Even within January I’ve watched new Clarity & Groovi Worldwide members share their first piece of art nervously, almost apologetically… and once they receive such positive feedback and support from their peers, now they share everything they do! It’s lovely to watch! That is why these groups are so important actually. It’s a support group. And I’m chuffed to be a part of it with you.
Speaking of needing support… I have some good news! I recently booked my first audiobook, which is very exciting! And guess what?! It will be on Audible later in the year!!! I may have Harry Potter’d this in to existence 😉
But unlike commercials for shampoo or promos for BBC America, this is very new territory for me. And I’ll admit that I’m more than a little nervous about it! As soon as I stop working Clarity every day, I start reading this book out loud to myself. It’s 9+ hours long, 175+ pages and has 50+ characters in it, all of which have to have different voices. I’m half terrified that I won’t be good enough, and half excited that I’m finally being given an opportunity to showcase what I’m really capable of. Can you relate Sam Crowe?!
That’s normal isn’t it? I wanted this nervous/excited feeling back in my life creatively. Be careful what you wish for! Hahaha. Now I find myself trying to learn how to do a Scottish accent in my free time. I sound MENTAL. But find myself lost in it, and having fun with it very quickly.
I found a quote that I thought was wonderful, and that I certainly can relate to whilst working on this creative endeavor. I’m sure quite a few of you can relate to it too.
My Mum was always artistic and creative, but she went the academic route, got a bachelors degree in languages, and actually ran a language school in Germany before deciding she wanted her crayons back.
Even short-term, we lose our way sometimes. I’ve noticed that there are quite a few of our customers saying they stopped crafting because of something life-related that came up, they had to get on with the requirements of life and now they’re trying to get back into their passion projects.
So, let’s make 2020 the year we do that for ourselves!
Lotsa Love, Grace xoxo
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