Goodbye WordPress Blog Hello Patreon

Dear Blog followers and Readers,

Thank you for the past several years of reading, commenting, and supportively following my journey here on WordPress blog: DebChaneyArtist. This letter is my official goodbye to this platform.

I love writing and will continue to do so…. on a new platform called Patreon. Patreon was created to support artists and writers like myself so they have a sustainable living income while they produce their art.

The cool thing is, for as low as $3 per month you can subscribe and support my writing and art making, receiving creatively inspiring and educational articles that are written with your creative journey and success in mind.

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Your help and appreciation are received with heartfelt gratitude.

Love & Thanks,

Deb

The three most significant take-aways I got from reading ‘The Universe Has Your Back’

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Over Christmas my girlfriend Melanie got herself a copy of ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ by Gabrielle Bernstein.

 
I got SO excited when I heard the title – I felt like I HAD to read it!
 
In the new year, when I was over at Mel’s place visiting and asked her If I could please borrow her copy. She was reluctant to part with it. I could see all the underlines and highlights and I could tell that she wasn’t ready to let it go. I was thinking that this book must be that good… Now I was willing to go to extra lengths to get a hold of it!
 
I had already checked my local library but the book was so new it hadn’t been acquired yet. So I went online that night and ordered myself a copy.
 
A month or so later, I finished reading this book and now I’m inspired to share with you the three most significant take-aways I got from within its pages.
 
(The other motivation I have in writing this, is to refer back to it myself when I want to remember some key points from the book, without having to re-read the whole thing!)
 
First, and my most favourite take-aways from this book, are the little powerful prayers that Gabrielle says to the Universe and gives to us in an effort to support us in living a life guided and inspired from love instead of fear.
 
“Thank you, Universe for transforming this current limitation, doubt, and fear into creative possibilities.”
 
“Thank you, Universe for helping me see beyond my limitations. Thank you for expanding my perceptions so I can attract X.” (X = whatever you are currently desiring)
 
“ Thank you, Universe for helping me see this obstacle as an opportunity. I will step back and let you lead the way.”
 
(I just LOVE this one. If you follow me on Patreon you’ll know that yesterday’s video blog was all about an obstacle/opportunity that I experienced with some studio visitors whose favourite word seemed to be ‘NO’ when looking through my art inventory and some techniques I use to handle rejection.)
 
“Universe, thank you for helping me find joy in this situation.”
 
“Universe, let me see this person for the first time.”
 
“I recognize I have chosen this thought wrongly, I forgive this thought, and I choose again. I choose thoughts based in love.”
 
“I recognize I have chosen fear, and I choose again. I choose love. “
 
“ Today I surrender my goals and plans to the care of the Universe. I offer up my agenda and accept spiritual guidance. I trust that there is a plan far greater than mine. I know that where there once was lack and limitation there are spiritual solutions and creative ideas. I step back and let love lead the way. Thy will be done.”
 
(this one is one of my top favs.)
 
These prayers are a beautiful way to getting back on track when we loose our connection to Source and forget how loved and supported we truly are.
 
Secondly, Ms. Bernstein asks us some wonderful and powerful questions in this book.
 
I love great questions because they can truly shape our perception and our created reality. There is an entire chapter in Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins about how this works and the power of asking ourselves good questions.
 
How will I face fear with a miracle mindset?
 
Will I learn through fear or love?
 
What if I chose for this to be fun?
 
How can I truly enjoy my work and be of service to my customers?
 
What would your life be like if you knew you were always being guided?
 
And, thirdly, I found some deep wisdom in The Universe Has Your Back that really inspired me in living my life from a place of strength and trust:
 
“My true power is in the love and peace within me.”
 
“Trust would settle every problem, now.”
 
“The key to living in peace is surrender.”
 
“Freedom from fear is true healing.”
 
“ Our happiness is a direct reflection of how quickly we can restore our fear back to love.
 
“Notice how you are controlling your experiences and misaligning with the flow of the Universe.”
 
(This one really spoke to me today! I was having a Surrender Day today in which I had set bunch of guidelines – aka controls – for myself that listed as no tv, no computer, no phone, no “work” for the day; in an aim to meditate, feel, and be with myself.
 
I gave myself the one exception from these “guidelines”, however, of reading.
 
As my day evolved, it turns out I finished this book, excitement came over me, and I had to write this blog! ! !
 
Actually, I’d gone to such an extent to create this Surrender Day a certain way, that I had asked my husband to hide my computer! So, when my daughter came home from school, we went around the house hunting for my computer so I could write this blog!
 
That being all said, I’m feeling a ton of joy in writing and sharing this all with you, so I’m surrendering and trusting that this is all on purpose! )
 
“Instead of obsessing over a certain outcome, focus on how you would like to feel.”
 
(Well, going back to the above Surrender Day, if I were to consider this piece of wisdom, I would know that I wanted to feel at peace, grounded, fulfilled, trusting, thriving, happy, restful and content. I could choose to feel and create these feelings this regardless if what I did or didn’t do.)
 
“Remember, there’s no thing wrong with dreams, visions, and desires as long as you’re willing to surrender them.”
 
(Point taken Gaby, thank you. :-))
 
I can now see why my friend Mel wanted to keep her book close to her! We all need to feel that the universe has our back and that we are loved and supported. I am grateful for the prayers, questions, and wisdom imparted. I am grateful for my friend Mel for telling me about this book. And I thank Gabrielle Bernstein for listening to her guidance and writing this book. #gratitude
 
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New Studio Visitors!

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My daughter and I had a fun date during spring break at Value Village Thrift store when I came across these beautiful toy horses. I am so happy to have them with me now in the studio!

Have you discovered the Power of Surrender?

Every week, for years now, I do one of the most difficult – yet fruitful  – tasks for my business. That is, I stop doing for one day. I stop  checking email, I stop painting and creating, I don’t attend any  meetings or give any talks, I don’t blog or post on social media,  sometimes I don’t even cook.
I stop everything and take a whole day to rest, nurture myself, meditate  and unplug from anything digital, doing tasks, or work related.
I often start this surrender experience by really checking in with  myself and asking what I need to feel good. ‘Hey Deb, what do you need  to feel good today?’
Please don’t think by any means this is easy. It’s challenging to stop  doing. It goes against everything I grew up hearing on how to be. Fear  tells me I’ve got to do-do-do if I want to see results. Society tells me  I’ve got to “work hard” to make my dreams happen. The little mean  voices in my head tell me I’m lazy. And then, to top it off, I’ll often  have feelings come up that I’ve put aside and they can sometimes be  mighty uncomfortable.
As much as I plan these ‘self-care’ days to be fun and blissful, sometimes they are spent on the sofa with a box of kleenex.
“Okay, so she stops and rests and does nothing once a week. So what? Why should I care?”
Good point.
Here’s the part where I share with you why taking some time to Surrender  on a regular basis has been an extremely powerful ritual for me and my  business. Maybe it can support you manifesting your dreams too.
That is, almost without fail, every time I take one of these days,  something super cool and magical happens afterwards that was not a  direct result of me doing something. It just lands in my lap.
A few weeks ago, after my surrender day, Expedia approached me to come  and facilitate a corporate group to set goals and paint. Way cool! (I  would not even know who to contact in the company if I had thought to  approach them).
Last week, after posting a blog on how I stay positive when my art is  not selling, which helps me surrender, someone emailed me and asked to  purchase the painting I had posted earlier that week on social media!
Today, I took a day off with a box of kleenex – it was one of those days  – to find a text message from a group inviting me to come and share my  art process. Super cool.
There is something magically powerful about stopping and surrendering  that can not only feel wonderful once us westerners come to terms with  doing nothing, but can also yield results and invite in opportunities  that, I believe, may not have arrived if we were out there doing the  same old thing.
This week, I invite you to stop, surrender, and keep a look out for the magic.
To your greatest masterpiece: your life,

with love, Deb

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Small Gestures Can Make Significant Differences

I have a dear friend who is, and has been for ages,  a huge supporter of me, my artwork, and my career as an artist. However, she was hesitating to support me on Patreon, possibly you are too, and let’s be direct here: because of the money.

However, this particular friend (she’ll know it’s her when she reads this part), is particularly self-aware and often takes the time to notice what’s stopping her moving forward in her life and living the best and greatest possibility and vision of her own life.  Perhaps this is you too?

She’ll take the time to notice what limiting beliefs are behind her not taking action. She’ll investigate if it’s a pattern and if this same pattern  is what is possibly also stopping her in other areas of her life. (Chances are very high)

She is exceptional. She  actually emailed me today and admitted that she wanted to show her support but was concerned that she could only do the $3 support tier at this time. I admire her honesty and vulnerability. I admire her getting uncomfortable and being willing to share this openly. I admire her going beyond all of the fear and finding a solution that worked for her, so she could show her support for me, and ultimately for the artist within herself.

(I will be direct with you on this last point: when you show support to someone in a particular area – for example a painter such as myself – you shine a light on your own creativity and the artist within you because this gesture says  YES! ‘art matters’, ‘artists matter’ and so internally you also receive the benefit of knowing  that YES! your own creativity matter. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between me and yourself.*)

My friend had the belief that $3 was not enough. Nonsense! I just want you to know, all of you, if you are considering supporting me at $3/month I am so so so grateful and happy for this gesture of kindness. THANK YOU.

I also need to express that this journey of mine has shifted and this brings up fear and lots of uncomfortable feelings for me also. I too have had to look at what beliefs and past habits have prevented me from moving forward to living my grandest version of this life of mine. I have had to take a good look at my willingness to receive. I have had to take a good look wthin myself and see what past habits and beliefs have prevented me from truly being and feeling supported. I am out of my comfort zone with this too.

I have been until now,  sharing my insights, inspirations, in-process paintings, behind the scenes studio happenings, in depth mixed media & abstract painting technical knowledge, and recent learnings all to you online free via my various social media accounts for over 15 years now.

I have now made a clear decision to streamline the tremendous value I offer on so many levels, and make it available to those of you who are willing to show up  and offer their support for me  – even at the smallest tier of $3 – which shows me appreciation, respect, and compensation for the value I offer. This is by no means a comfortable walk in the park for me to be asking you, my friend, for support. However, let me be clear. I am asking for your support, here, now.

I was originally trained early on to give it all away. I think many artists are.

Artists are instructed and guided to give away their art (it’s often got the fancy word of ‘charitable donation’), amoung many other aspects of themselves; share their techniques and so on – all in the name of marketing, finding success, being noticed and ‘making it’. This is not working. I know this personally and from many talks I’ve given to groups, where artists have spoken up, raised their hands, and shared story after story of barely being able to pay rent, or buy supplies, or buy food, meanwhile being asked to give their art away for free, or pay for the shipping to the gallery, or to receive even less then 50% of the price of their artwork, or wait another month to receive their percentage of the sale, or to never receive their due compensation for the sale of their work ever (read The Art Cure by Bridget Mayer) …. It disgusts me that our community and society have tolerated treating us artists, such valuable and beautiful and essential members of our society, this way. For me, it ends here.

Artists cannot thrive by simply giving it all away. Most of us need extra help if we have not yet reached Pabloe Picasso’s celebrity or are not yet receiving Jackson Pollock’s pricing for our artworks.  If we don’t create reliable income sources for ourselves in a way that nurtures us and feed us and give us time to create, we may be forced to give up and stop all together. We need to find new ways to make art while we  pay rent, and eat, and heat our homes and studios. This is where  Patreon comes in and is one of those new ways that believe:

We want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. – Patreon Mission Statement

Even if a thousand people, just like yourself, decided to forgo their Starbucks coffee and sponsor and artist, for even a small a sum as $3, they would be making a huge significant difference in that artists life. Please don’t underestimate the significant difference your even tiny regular contribution could make.

Nothing is too small and it is the meaning behind it that truly counts. THANK YOU for supporting this artist, from the bottom of her heart, from my heart. THANK YOU for honoring me and the value I bring. THANK YOU for respecting what I do. THANK YOU for being on my team.

My intention is that this money comes back to you ten-fold and that in your belonging to this exclusive community with me on Patron, that it  inspires you creatively beyond your wildest dreams!

Sincerely, Deb Chaney

*Need more on this concept? Please read Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi