Monday, April 4, 2011

My Oprah Anniversary and Dreaming Big


This past week marked the 10 year anniversary of my Oprah adventure.  (You can read about it here.)  As a result, I am feeling nostalgic about all of the twists and turns of my crazy creative journey.


10 years ago was a time of some pretty major leaps for me... Zoe and I were new business owners, I was only a few months away from being married, and helping fulfill some dreams of others helped me discover dreams of my own.  I look back at the 20-something girl I was 10 years ago and I feel there is a lot I can (re)learn from her.  I was always ready for an adventure, I let my heart be my guide, and I didn't let fear stand in my way.  I was wide-eyed and believed anything was possible... and it was!

What I'm discovering is that it still is.

Over the past 10 years I have led a fairly creative life, but somewhere along the way I slipped into the comfortable ease of everyday living and my adventurous spirit went into hibernation.  Well, I'm happy to say it's back...

This past year has been a time of reawakening to the crazy fun creative force that drives me to try new things and dream big!  I feel that I owe a big chunk of this newfound energy to my discovery of this incredibly inspiring online art community.


Looking back it is clear to see that there have been events, both big and small, that have had a significant impact on where I am today.  One recent moment seemed like a minor decision at the time, but has had a major effect on the artful life I'm living today... Last Summer I took Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons e-course and my life hasn't been the same since.  (It sounds very dramatic, but it's true.)

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When I signed up for the class, I was hoping to learn some online business tips, but what I gained was so much more.  Kelly Rae's inspirational lessons and advice helped me remember the 20-something girl who believed with unwavering certainty in infinite possibility...

I'm dreaming big again and it feels good!

37 comments:

  1. Kristin, that was a wonderful post. Your mural is gorgeous and the story of how it came about was inspiring. I am glad you are dreaming big, amazing things happen when you dream.

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  2. The mural is just beautiful. How exciting to be able to donate your talents to a good cause! I just love Oprah, I think she is the most giving and caring person. In a world of excesses she never forgets those without. :-)

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  3. I feel so happy for you :)
    That mural is amazing...WoW!
    xox

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  4. What a fabulous story and adventure indeed. Glad to hear you a living/thinking/creating big again. You helped this old gal who woke up this morning asking herself, 'why am I doing this again?' Maybe one day my passion will resonate through my work enough that it truly becomes a gift to others like yours has.

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  5. There is nothing better than to have a creative re-birth! Good for you.

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  6. What an amazing story of your mural! It must've been wonderful to be a part of something like that. It looks fantastic. This is a really inspiring post especially appropriate as it was only last year at the age of 39 that i took art back up seriously again. I still dream of making a living from it but even if i never do i've been loving writing my blog and meeting all these amazing artists out there in blogland!

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  7. What a great post - you have inspired me this morning (more than usual :-) and I am just loving hearing more about your story, journey and where you will be going from here! I need to recapture that girl that thought anything was possible too - long time since I've seen her!

    Smiles

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  8. Kristin, I am currently studying Flying Lessons Part One - I agree, the information is life changing. I have also ordered it for my very creative future daughter in law. Love this post, Sundays and Fridays!!! I am running behind.
    cheers, dana

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  9. How interesting on your Oprah experience. Flying Lessons could not have come at a better time for me, I was just ready to take flight! It has been so amazing to watch you do the same. Continue to go for it, be adventurous and silly and yourself as you charge ahead. I can't wait to see what's next...

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  10. Just finished reading the Oprah link. WOW!!!!!

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  11. WOW! How awesome is that?! I can imagine what a fulfilling and touching moment that must have been for you. The mural is beautiful!

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  12. wow good luck with all your dreams Kristin! Inspiring post.

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  13. That KRR class ... has done so much ... for so many ... for so little ... and almost one year later ... we are all still in awe!

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  14. OMG kristin! i am enthralled, impressed, down right giddy reading and looking at this. what an awesome experience and story and act of kindness!

    the mural is so delightful i could walk right into it and leave my unfinished income taxes far behind! imagine this for a doctor's office or a bank? it would change the sensibility of the world, don't you think so?

    i am super duper glad you are going to pick up the creative wand again. it's a good good thing, and not just for you. :)

    love
    kj

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  15. Kristin this is an amazing journey. peace, mary helen

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  16. This is so wonderful and great...so inspirational...Im so glad I stopped by...! you are an inspiration to us all..Thank You..! I think Ill look into Kellys book and or lessons...!

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  17. An inspiring story and beautiful work!
    Lucky you to be a part of Oprah's history.
    Something to tell the grand kids, thats for sure.

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  18. Wow, that is so cool. Your mural is beautiful. I read your post all about. I'm a lil sad I missed that episode, I use to love when Oprah did the Angel network episodes. Keep dreaming big, your are is wonderful!

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  19. What a lovely post and thank you for sharing it. The mural looks brilliant! You certainly are on an amazing journey.

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  20. yesyesyes
    to dreaming
    b i g
    & to your
    beautiful
    mural on
    the wall
    & in your
    life! xo

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  21. Kristin, as a fellow Flyer, I feel exactly where you are coming from. Congratulations on all of your success, now and in the future!

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  22. lovin' those murals! awesome job with that.

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  23. Thanx so much for stopping by freewing. I enjoyed your blog. Stop by again and share with me! Happy Anniversary!

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  24. Fantastic mural...am so glad you are rediscovering your 20 something self and are on top of the world...

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  25. Oh, I love this post! So inspirational and exciting! Can't wait to see what happens. And I love Kelly Rae!
    My Blog

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  26. Love the Oprah story! Thanks for your kind words on my blog - I know I'll be watching yours now! Wish I could draw like you!

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  27. Hi Kristin, thanks for popping into my site :) So back at ya sweetie, loving yours. Lots of fun things happening here. If ok I will just be a follower.

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  28. What a cool experience. And so important to hold on to who we were at every stage.

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  29. Ooh, I want walls like that too!

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  30. How cool, Kristin!!! You are so very talented and full of wonderful creative energy, I know you are on your way to reaching the very top! You are so very inspiring to all of us! Hugs, from me!
    xo

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  31. I love that mural Kristin! I think it is so good that you are back into what is in your soul. It's what life is about. Great post, very inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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  32. Oh I just read your "I turned off the word verification so please don't leave me spam." I think I will do that or at least try that for a while and see how it turns out.

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  33. WOW! That was so cool - I just read the Oprah story and was amazed! How wonderful that you had that lifetime experience - it must have been thrilling! I hope the last 10 years have treated you as well as you treated those children ;)
    Kristin xoxo

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  34. Your story is so inspiring! Keep on dreaming big, because you are amazing. :)

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  35. Oh, Kristin, thank you so much for your comment on my blog! Then, coming here to read your post absolutely confirmed what I've been feeling! Very inspiring to me!!! Thank you! Love, Silke

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  36. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience filled with inspiration, challenge and success. The Oprah effect reigns everywhere.

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