Launch

Jeez. It’s so anticlimactic to work so hard for so long and launch TheUmaverse.com and then none of the social media links work correctly and even the facebook posts about it just slip away.

Starting a website is a long-term project, even more so if it’s an online shop. It has to be a slow burn with gradual growth, and I knew that, but I’m still experiencing the post-launch period right now as a rude and sudden skid to a stop. It’s a strange feeling.

That said, I feel SO PROUD that I did it and that it’s live and while this is just the start and there’s much yet that I can do to grow and improve it, it has good bones. If I do say so myself. I’m so damn tired of the photos I’ve got for sale that I’m already wanting to dive in and find and edit some new ones.

I have sold twice so far in downtown Asheville for 5 hour shifts at the permanent Grove Arcade Outdoor Artists’ Market. Super fun and great feedback. And I sold a bunch of photos. People actually want my stuff. That helped me really kick into gear to get the website up and running. I just put in orders for more photo prints, mats, frames and packaging supplies (retail and mail) today. I’ll sell again Thursday and hopefully over the weekend.

It’s not a lot of money but it’s a thrill and it’s a start and it’s a dream I’ve had for 8 years. More, really. Forever I thought my photography, or anything I made or had to say, wasn’t “good enough.” But, thanks to so much feedback from friends and acquaintances over the years (yes, that’s YOU who are reading this) I finally believe.

And the Tarot Readings…they are the greatest gift of all. I love to do them so much. It’s like I get plugged in to some kind of cosmic connectivity when I read for other people. I so love to serve in this way, and to be served also.

Also, this is only a side gig. I’m working a lot on Walls of the Wild with my brother, Jeff Bode and sister-in-law Dede Lifgren, helping with marketing. Wow. Who knew that SEO could be fun. Who even knew what the hell SEO is.

But, the real gem here is the real estate career. Got my license end of May and just started last week with a local Weichert franchise. Soon, this will probably be my primary focus and I’m so excited about it. The Asheville real estate market is absolutely booming right now.

So, here’s the point of this rambling post about websites and work: For the first time in my life, I am doing 100% only the things I want and love to do to make a living. This has been a REALLY LONG TIME coming. And if you read to this point and you are longing for that also, I just want to say, don’t give up on the dream. And do all the work to understand what it is that you truly want, on the inside. Because the outside will only be a reflection of the inside.

My plan is to blog more about this very thing. Pray for me that I actually write those posts. I got shit to say. I want to say it. Thanks for listening to this rant.

I Can’t Take Down The Christmas Tree

I can’t take down the Christmas tree. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but I just can’t bring myself to take it down. I love seeing it when I come home and I love how it lights up the room in the morning before dawn and at night while I’m puttering about the house. And so far, even though I haven’t watered it in days, the needles aren’t falling off everywhere. It’s like a superpower tree.

So, what the hell. 15380501_10154805275034581_9068222932082949326_nI’ll just leave it up. As a reminder of the goodwill toward all that is my prayer. May we move past fear, through the perceptions of division, to truly see and accept all views. May our evolution continue and may real Love prevail. I have no idea exactly how the tree represents that, but it does. I guess because Christmas is about Jesus Christ and he taught love and acceptance and compassion. Still the one truly radical idea of all times. And the one that is closest to our true nature, so hidden.

This world is freaking me out, so I’ve decided to make art and beauty and to share it where and as it is invited and accepted. Here on my website, it is freely offered. No promotion or marketing, no requests for payment. All I have to give you is my naked heart and an ever-deepening connection to Source, to the God of My Understanding. Oh, and a lot of confusion and words and pictures that somehow express that and maybe also manage to make some kind of sense of it.

I think a lot about what is happening in the world. I may write about it here. I am not sure that I will really keep writing regularly and posting. Today, I feel like I will. I just need a place to put it all out there.

So. There we go. More soon. Go forth and relax. 😉

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