Cultivating Faith for my Ceramic Tattoo Art Business...

I have been working on my cultivation of faith for the last couple years starting my own ceramic tattoo business and taking educated risks. When I say educated risks I mean to take the best possible course of action that I think God would have me take each day. It has totally worked for me. It has worked even better since I have been being my "Authentic Self" and not trying to fit in any particular mold of what people think I should be. I have turned down jobs in this economy while on unemployment the last 6 months because they didn't fit in with my plan of designing my life the way I see it and being true to my dream of living in the Central Coast, etc...  I received my last paycheck from EDD about 5 days ago.  I am actually happy that it has come to an end because I am ready for the next phase of my development.  They say in the program - If you are painstaking about this phase of your development you will be amazed before you are half way through. I have known this to be true for myself and seen this in so many others lives as I observe the "God Shots" or "Miracles" happen in myself and other peoples lives. The only thing is you have to be willing and take some positive ACTION. I now have 10 days to find a job or I will be in risk of loosing everything that I have worked for the last 10 months (not the first time I have been here). I have lost my art studio before and had to re-build because of some bad choices I have made and just life shit before, so I am willing to lose everything again and continue on the path God wants me to and learn the things I need to. Things don't make you happy I have totally leaned that. I will never give up this dream of mine. I have almost (I am still shitting my pants) - total and complete faith that I will be taken to a much higher place than I am right now very soon.  It is actually exciting for me to be in this spot now because I have tried my best and I am just waiting for the next cool thing to happen in my life. See the cool thing is when you do your best that you don't have to have any regrets and this enables you to have so much more faith, that is what I have learned. I am doing different things expecting different results and it is fun and exciting to see what is next. I keep hearing Nikki Sixx say "don't sell out" and that has helped me stay true to everything. Fear is at the root of a lot of our problems in life.... So anyone reading this follow the fucken Blog so you can see the next cool thing that happens in my crazy life... 

I will write the passage from Daily Reflections that has helped me and really hit home the last couple of weeks below:

Cultivating Faith
"I don't think we can do anything very well in this world unless we practice it. And I don't believe we do AA to well unless we practice it... We should practice... Acquiring the spirit of service. We should attempt to acquire some faith, which isn't easily done, especially for the person who has always been very materialistic, following the standards of society today.  But I think faith can be acquired; It can be acquired slowly; it has to be cultivated.  That was not easy for me, and I assume that it is difficult for everyone else..."
Dr. Bob and the Good Old Timers, PP. 307-08

Fear is often the force that prevents me from acquiring and cultivating the power of faith.  Fear blocks my appreciation of beauty, tolerance, forgiveness, service, and serenity.
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My new "Jungle Theme" Tattoo... It is a good start much more pain to come soon... I sat for about 3 hours for this outline and shading and I need to sit again for another 3+ hours to add the color in. I will eventually get both my arms done and my back. The arms will be a 3/4 sleeve so I can wear a dress shirt and work. 




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This is the Humming bird tribal vase that I made to give away at the "Contacts and Coffee" meeting I attend every Friday at 8:00AM.  It is a great bunch of local business people that get together weekly to network.




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This is the dragon Wall Hanging that I made recently. It is a new technique that I have been working on.  It  has bits of clear glass that I sprinkled around the dragon, airbrushed a red ink over the whole thing, cleaned the glass with Dremel and the black ice glaze and then sprayed with a gloss lacquer. Sorry the video kinda sucks..

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Comments

I've thought about your business and how it could grow and the market of people you have available to you. It would appear to me that anyone who has a tattoo would also find an interest in having THEIR tattoo immortalized in some other permanent type capacity...such as a vase, urn, personal tat cups, platters, dinnerware...whatever you are interested in making and selling. Also, you have been given a gift. The lessons you have learned through your own personal growth could be used for helping someone else. Taking your life lessons and using them to help others ALWAYS opens up so many doors.

Just some pondering thoughts :) Keep the faith my friend!
Natasha said…
One day at a time! If it doesn't scare you, it's probably not worth the leap.

You're in my prayers and I know you will land on your feet.

The hummingbird is stunning! Love that design.