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Art Fairs & Prowling Lions

The other day Brooke and I strolled around Hale Farm and Village sipping coffee and checking out the artists, artisans, creators, crafters, designers and all around creatives during the Made in Ohio arts and crafts fest. If you're a creative then you'll understand what I mean when I say that I felt inspired, affirmed and jealous.


You know what I mean.


Of course you do. You're a creative. You have something brewing (beyond the Highlander Grog coffee) and regardless of which stage you're in with your art (stalling your start, hobbyist, part-timer, independent or full-on full-time professional) it's nearly impossible to wind through 160 tents, booths and live-action smithies, without feeling that range of emotions. You want to be in the action. You have to!


The question is, which thought will consume you?


Will inspiration push you to create? Will affirmation propel you forward toward your next goal? Or will jealousy prowl around your heart, mind and soul like a roaring lion terrorizing your creative mission?


Two thoughts on my time at the market:


  1. I need these experiences. They're like a tsunami of motivation toward my creative pursuits.

  2. I'm encouraged and challenged by the sheer number of artisans willing to put their hand to the brush, chisel, wire-cutters and blowtorch, infuse their creation with their unique talent and boldly share it with the world around them.

So, what are you waiting for? Create what only you can create. We need it.

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