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4.21.2013

Re-Framing Your Dreams

On Saturday, I had the honor of being part of a remarkable event:
Launch Your Creativity.

If you were one of the guests in attendance,
I would like to thank you from my heart for your warm reception, your trust, your attention, 
and your grateful responses to the message I shared.
(more about my message later in this post...)

This inspiring gathering is held each Spring in a gorgeous Parisian-themed tearoom, 
and attended by 45 women who are seeking guidance, support, and encouragement 
as they pursue their own creative dreams. 
Most dream of launching a new business – a store, a fashion line, a business service – 
and there are women who attend as a 'jump start' to a new life.

I am one of those women, too.

My friend and LYC founder Sharon Hughes had been asking me to speak at her events for two years. 
My background in retail visual styling and store design 
was a great addition to the other subjects covered by the experienced and successful speakers, 
and I was honored to be asked to participate. 
Yet because the events are held in Southern California, and I was based in the Seattle area, 
the logistics just never worked out. 
I was busy running two businesses, and couldn't get away from them.

Well, all that changed in the fall of 2011.
Everything about my life changed then...

Without sharing the 'Lifetime Movie' details of what happened,
I'll say that the result is that I am single (separated, then widowed) after 32 years of marriage,
 live in Southern California again, and am rediscovering who I am and what I want to do.

I attended this beautiful event last April as a guest.
I went because my life had undergone radical changes over the preceding seven months. 
I needed to be surrounded by positive energy to assist me in shifting my own perspective, and to heal. 

And my friend Sharon knew that I would find what I needed there. I did.

This year, I was able to finally accept Sharon's offer to speak at her event!
I joined seven AMAZING women on a panel of speakers:
LYC IV Speakers, from left:
me, Cheryl Turner, Tara Wilson, Sharon Hughes, Jenny Doh, Lidy Barrs, Jane Button, Debi Beard, and Christine Rose Elle.

But I didn't talk about retail visual concepts or displays or stores or brands...

In the 19 months since the awful day that everything changed for me, 
I have been on a journey of release, recovery, healing, rediscovery and rebirth. 
And it is from that journey that I learned some valuable lessons...
those are the lessons that I shared in my presentation on Saturday.

Titled 'Re-Framing Your Dream', my presentation asked this question:
“What do you DO when your dreams don't work out the way you planned?”

Because I have been an artist all of my life, I presented my subject wrapped in a metaphor:
'Dreams as a Masterpiece'. A one-of-a-kind Masterpiece that only WE can bring to life.
Just as an artist begins with a vision in his head 
then transforms a blank canvas with color and brushstrokes, light and shadow, depth and perspective, 
our lives give us the opportunity to create something from our vision:
Our Dream.

And as we do, that 'canvas' finds itself in many different 'frames'...

With the visual aid of eight very different picture frames, 
 I talked about the process that a Dream takes as it is being created
and how situations affect it - and us.
Not every journey is the same, but the cycle is similar and most people can relate...

 If you'd like to read what I presented,
please click here to visit the post on my retail design site


I find myself smiling a bit wryly as I share this unusual post on my blog...
HOMEWARDfound is where I share ideas about 
re-thinking, re-imagining and re-defining 'found objects' into d├ęcor. 

Now it's my turn to re-think, re-imagine, re-define my life and my dream...
maybe it's your time for that, too.
 
so I thought that sharing this post here was appropriate...


The same principles apply to a dream as to found decor:
* Use what you have NOW - Look around you and see what's been overlooked that you can use.
* Work from your strengths, purpose, and passion - Use the skill set you have!
* Stay true to yourself and your style - Be Authentic.

I might just make my own frame out of reclaimed lumber 
and paint over a canvas from the thrift store 
as a visual reminder to myself that we can always make things new... 
even our dreams. Even our lives.

If you are visiting my blog and attended the event on Saturday,
please leave a comment with a link to your own blog, website, or facebook business page.
I would love to support and encourage you on your journey 
of Launching YOUR Creative Dream!


 For more information about Launch Your Creativity
visit the website here
visit the ning community here
visit the facebook page
here


 for more decorating ideas for every season,
  visit the HOMEWARDfound blog 
and these social networking sites:



4 comments:

  1. Great post! I clicked to your other site and read the rest...its very thought provoking. I'm going to sit back, relax and think about it some more!! Thanks, Jo Ann

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  2. Jo Ann, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and for taking time to go read the whole presentation post!

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  3. Great post, Deb. I think you are doing a wonderful job of repurposing and reusing that which God has entrusted to your care. We all really need to do our best to preserve and protect our Earth. xo Diana

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  4. Thank you so much for your constant support and encouragement, Diana! You are such an inspiration! <3

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