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I forget that people haven’t been with me on my journey all along.  I know that some of you have just recently gotten to know me.  I have been so focused on my Artist Empowerment Class that I haven’t fully shared how I got here.  How the class came to be, and why I am led to help others through it.

My name is Robyn and I will be 40 at the end of the year.  My mother had MS and I was raised by my grandparents and was one of the primary caregivers for mom until she passed away when I was 14.  I was always quite responsible.  After graduation, though, I saw no future there, so I got on a Greyhound bus and moved from Corpus Christi, TX to Boise, Idaho so I could be around my siblings.  Everything I owned was in a box under the bus.

There I met my first husband and I was determined to be the best wife, mother, and daughter-in-law there ever was.  As a direct result, I became a doormat.  My husband knew that I was absolutely there to serve him.  My in-laws knew that I would never talk back.  And I lost myself.  Many years into the marriage (about 7, I think) I discovered “The Artist’s Way” and worked through the program.  Growth began, and never stopped.  I realized that I could speak my mind, and not only that, but I had to speak up for myself.  During this time, I realized that my mother in law was a huge crazymaker in my life.  She would get between me and my children as I disciplined them and take over, she would copy any craft I tried (and in my eyes, she did way better than me on all of them).  We got along extremely well, but there were those things.  The Artist’s Way helped me to set up a dividing wall between us.  Our friendship suffered greatly at first, but was later strengthened by me taking those steps.

Fast forward to now.  That marriage ended, but we are all great friends, in fact, my children and I spent the weekend with their visiting grandparents.  We have a wonderful relationship that would have never bloomed had I simply been a doormat.

I began selling items on Etsy in 2008.  I have always had creative outlets:  writing, woodworking, tole painting, cross-stitch, sewing, photography, bookbinding, and so much more.  I spent a lot of times in the Etsy forums and have made amazing connections.  My group of Etsy friends and I became one another’s support group.  We helped one another with marketing, family problems, troubleshooting (figuring out the BEST way to do steps of a project), we talked one another through heartbreak and cheered triumphs.

During that time, I noticed several recurring themes.  Fear, time management, dealing with crazymakers, goal setting, challenging one another to keep moving forward in their craft.  From these themes, my Artist Empowerment Class was born.  These Etsy friends cheered me on each step of the way.  They gave their input, and they signed up for my class when I offered it.

This will be my third time offering it.  Each time, I tweak it just a little, still learning as I go.  So, I can honestly say this is the best it has ever been!

This class is for anyone who faces fears, who deals with people who sabotage them, anyone who sabotages themselves (yeah, we’ve all been there), anyone who knows they aren’t getting what they need from relationships.  This class was for me, because I thought I had to sell my soul to have good relationships, and it’s for you because you hold yourself back in some area.

Like I said, this is the third time I’m hosting my Artist Empowerment Class.  And each time I’ve made friends for life.  The connections have been so strong.  I’m happy to say that most of my past students are STILL a support group for one another!  I’d love to get to know YOU better, and to introduce you to other like minded people.  To lift you up, and support you, and watch you soar!

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I took a pledge…  a pledge to do something that scares me every day this week.  Because of the nature of the beast, I’ve gone bigger each day.  And each day I am scared out of my mind.  And I push through.  do you have any idea how empowering that is?  I urge you to push on through!  The feeling you will feel afterwards is a natural high that rivals no other!

My message was going to be longer.  But… I was struck by some news today.  A friend of mine had an accident on June 10.  She now has to wait for surgery until June 27.  In excruciating pain.  The newspaper article is here.  Christine is an artist, a dear friend, a member of my tribe.  I am trying to figure out a way to send a gift to her.  I will send a care package to her, and donate some money myself… but I want to ask you, as my community, is there more we can do?

Please leave me a message.  Let’s connect.  What can we do for Christine?

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