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As you all know, I’ve been experimenting with new ways to express myself creatively this year and get more aligned with my creative calling and purpose. If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve always wanted to be an independent writer/artist (at least since I was in my high school/college years). It’s not that I don’t or can’t work well with others; it is just that I’m an individual who needs a lot of independence (especially as an introvert and a 2/4 profile in Human Design). Not to mention, as an artist and writer, I need space and alone time to work through my creative process in a free-flowing way.

Originally the idea started in my early high school years to be a freelance writer/illustrator. However, my path had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. While it’s not what I would have originally; chosen for myself, it’s lead me to who and where I am today. I’ve met and worked with a lot of amazing people. I’ve been able to make an impact; in the lives of many of our youth and future generations.

I’ve gone from turning off my need and desire to create and be creative; in order; to be a “successful” grown-up; to reconnecting with my creativity in the most meaningful way. I’ve been able to explore and experiment with my creative passions in new and unexpected ways that I might not otherwise have done. I don’t regret my choices and path, if anything it’s made me stronger, wiser. It’s helped me to learn about myself on a deep and personal level. It’s helped me to be able to identify my needs, wants, and desires as an individual, an artist, and a creative. 

Though, I’ve still been holding onto some of those “grown-up” expectations for the last several years, unable to shake them all off. Not to mention, change and taking risks is scary! However, 2020 and losing my adopted mom last August have shaken me awake at my very core and forced me to brush away the cobwebs of my mind, sort through my mental storage, and open the curtains of my heart and soul to look at things from a fresh perspective.

It’s frightening and yet highly freeing to say that I’m preparing to embark on a new adventure, create a new chapter, and start over on a fresh canvas. So what does this mean? I can hear you all asking (because that is the question floating around in my own mind). While I’m not sure entirely what this means or what it looks like on the whole. I have several thoughts that on the subject area. Let’s start with the fact that I’m not all about the hustle and work-harder concept. I’m more about the, I know my worth, including my time. Time is so precious; losing my mom was a huge reminder of this, and I want to truly live!

A few years ago, I stopped really marketing my artwork on my Redbubble store because of a few comments I received from people in my early years of blogging (not on WordPress) and on Instagram. While; it was not the majority of people, it was enough in my earliest, most vulnerable time of putting myself out there. My art had always been a private thing that I only shared with a few close friends and family members for the most part. I’m a highly sensitive individual, and that scared me away from “selling” or “offering” what I had to share with the world in that way. 

Of course, I’m finally in a place now where I’ve built up a lot more confidence in my sharing. That means if someone doesn’t like what I have to say or offer the world, that’s okay, I’m not for everyone. I’m not asking for permission to speak my truth and express myself freely. Of course, I always aim to be respectful and compassionate in all that I do and say, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop sharing all parts of myself that I feel called to share with the world, otherwise; I’m doing the world and myself a disservice. 

What I’m trying to is, I want to share my creative gifts with the world in order to encourage others to see how truly magical they are and help them explore, connect with, and express their own creativity. As many of you are aware, I’ve been exploring new outlets and ways to share my creativity and passion with the world. An idea has recently come to mind, and I’d love your feedback and thoughts. 

I’m thinking of starting a Creative Self-Care Subscription Box and/or maybe a Patreon account. I’d like to include things; like illustrated poetry inspiration cards, illustrations that can be framed, coloring pages, stickers, a story with journaling prompts, and postcards with my artwork on them. This is still very much up in the air and, I’m not sure of anything right now. However, I’d love to hear your thoughts, including what items you think you would love to see included with my unique personal touch.

Overall, I’m seeking to diversify the creative offerings that I can share with the world. But at the same time, not overdo it so; I don’t burn myself out. I want to create what my heart and soul want to put; out into the world while providing myself with the freedom and flexibility to honor my natural energetic rhythm (mind, body, heart, and soul). 

Moonlight Lullaby

Smitten by the light of the moon

I envision the night to come

A whispered lullaby 

Stardust wishes

The place where dreams are born

When daylight beacons 

And the sun shines upon my face

Her sweet warmth fills me with hope

My soul is comforted by her radiant smile

Her kindness humbles me

And reminds me of my own unique worth

Trusting the echo of the nights’ dreams

I proudly embark upon my new creative quest

A Poetry Reading and Thoughts from my Heart

TheSunshineArtist


Hello, my rays of sunshine! I’m Jenna Gee, aka the Sunshine Artist, always seeking to brighten the world around me and seeking to help others embrace the magic that’s inside them. Every day is an empty canvas waiting to be painted and an empty page waiting to be written. Let’s fill today with the magic of the world around us!


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11 thoughts on “A Poetry Reading and Thoughts from my Heart

  1. appreciate you sharing your thought processes Jenna .. and cute models! On this platform you are maybe reaching more creatives exploring their “worth” also.

    So here’s a thought … what about cooperative work? Like join with various bloggers that you admire, with loads more followers, and create something together … words and art or whatever. Get yourself more known to a wider audience.

    I have heard that some ppl have had huge online success during this lockdown eg found their market niche whilst others have more time to shop online.

    1. Thank you Kate. 😊 I’ve also started reaching a new audience on commaful and just started posting on inkitt (literally today). I’ve started reposting blog posts on Medium and of course I share on Instagram.

      And of course I’ve got the new Kindle Vella stories series. However, trying not to spread myself too thin. Thus, a cooperative/collaborative project may indeed be a good idea. That way all the pressure isn’t on one person.

      I was thinking about do a subscription box through Cratejoy because they handle most of the product manufacturing and I can focus on the design/creative process, which is exactly where I shine and want to be…just like with being an artist on Redbubble.com

      I guess I’m more or less in a brainstorming and planning phase. 😉🥰

  2. You are so right, time is precious!! Cheering you on! I love the idea of poetry illustration cards. Would love to send them to friends. and family members. Your poem is great on here and cute masks. 🙂 I am sure it is scary venturing out into the unknown and you do make yourself vulnerable when sharing your creative passion, but I think you will find your niche! Keep the courage, “shoot for the moon, for even if you miss the moon, you will land among the stars.” 🙂

    1. Thank you, Carolyn! 😊 It made me really smile when you said you love to send illustrated poetry cards to friends and family members, that it such a beautiful idea!! It feels like with all the options for creatives (and other career paths) is truly amazing in this day in age. It just definitely takes some brainstorming, thinking outside the box, and research to create a good solid action plan. You’re thoughts and feedback truly give me much encouragement and I will definitely aim for the moon, but it’s definitely also quite okay to land among the stars! 😊

  3. Jenna, you are so fabulous!!! I think this is a great new adventure you should consider and jump into if that is what is best for you. I’m so proud to be your friend and watch your talent/craft come to life and grow!

    1. Kevin thank you so much for your encouragement and support it means the world to me!! I too am proud to be your friend and have enjoyed watching you take on the world with all your gifts and creativity!! 😍 😊❤️❤️

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