Sunday, January 29, 2012

Little Fish, Big Pond full of Fish

I have come to the realization that all the things I do are not unique. Let me explain, because I know a few of you are going to jump on that statement and start with the Sarah has no confidence thing, but that is not it. 
I grew up reading about the great authors like Carson McCullers, the beat poets, Hemingway, who were part of a small society of people who created. They just were. They didn't ask to be. They didn't hock their wares. They created what they felt compelled to create and as the years went by it got attention. I know at some point they did send it to a publisher or editor and success didn't just fall in their laps. Today, you could write the best story ever to be set to paper, but no one would ever find it. Even if it was published in a magazine or Online it would still be stuck in the quagmire that is today's written word. The same thing goes for photography. There are so many photographers today. This is a wonderful thing, but at the same time, dilutes the art of it. I am not even sure that I am one to talk. I have never shot a film SLR, I have never developed in a dark room, I have never gone to school for anything that I do.

The point of this mini rant? I'm not sure. I was lying in bed, wide awake at 5am and these thoughts that I am writing to you now kept floating around in my brain. I am trying to muddle through this years round of giving up. I love the art of it all, but I am not good at the selling part of it. One reason is because I don't put the energy into it. I don't enjoy marketing so it looms over my head like a big dark cloud of what I should be doing. Another reason is the confidence thing, or lack thereof. A third reason would be the complete chaos that my life is at the moment. I have no order or organization and that is another daunting task that I keep putting off. I need a week with nothing going on to set everything straight, but that isn't going to happened, is it? Hmmm.

Okay, I have some organizing to do...I at least need to find my desk.

Talk to you soon,
Sarah McTernen

Friday, January 13, 2012


The more I read, the more I am not sure I am built for this kind of thing.  That's not true.  It is just not something that I have time for at the moment.  This conversation has started in the middle.  Let us go back to the beginning.

I love to create.  There is a poster that I saw today on Etsy by Eee Bee that says "I just want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares."  This is how I feel, but I also would like my "hobby" to pay for itself.  At the moment, I do not believe that what I do could support my family, but I would like it to support itself, which it does...most of the time.  This leads me to try and learn marketing and exposure techniques.  It facilitates my need to find craft shows and other selling venues.  It is also the bane of my creative time, which between kids and homeschool, being a wife and all the other things, is in short supply.

I came across a link for the Smart Passive Income Blog and started to read.  The information is very good.  The problem is, I realize that it would take so much time to set up some of these strategies that I would not have time to create.  Possibly, I just have to learn patience.  Possibly, I just have to set aside some of my precious quiet time to formulate a better business model.  This hurts my brain just thinking about it.

I was reading The Mom's Guide to Running a Business earlier this week, trying to glean ideas for how to make my business grow and at the same time becoming overwhelmed with this feeling that I am not made of the same stuff these women are made from.  I guess it is the time of year for doubt.  The creating will happen no matter what, I just wish the business side of things was as enjoyable.

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Musical Journey

This past weekend I journeyed down to Portland, Oregon with family to enjoy the River City Music Festival.  Between attending workshops and listening to lots of bluegrass music from artists like Sierra Hull, the Bluegrass Regulators and Northern Departure, I had time to lament no longer being able to play my violin.  I have never been skilled with the guitar, another instrument in my house, but at one point in my life, I was at least decent at the violin.  Looking back now, and reading some of my adjudication reports, I am not sure how well I actually played. This doesn't matter now, though.  This weekend has shown me that I need to get my fingers moving again.  By the end of the year, I hope to feel comfortable playing my violin in front of people again.  Off to go practice!

Best wishes,
Sarah McTernen

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! Now Let's Get Back to School.

Back to school today!  Our school schedule had been thrown into a chaotic mess for the holiday season, but now that our house has returned to it's pre-holiday order, we can start our lessons at their regularly scheduled times.  Of course this implies that we have a schedule, which we do, it is just 

I am also hoping to get started on creating some math manipulatives and other learning "toys".  If they go over well, maybe they will end up in the shop later this year.

I hope you all had a wonderful new year's celebration.

Best wishes in the new year,

Sarah McTernen