I painted Seren at the beginning of the winter as a nod to some of the epic women who have been my guiding stars as I’ve navigated setting up my own businesses. Some of them have been my mentors for nearly a decade when I was first bootstrapping “Rock Paper Estrogen.” Others are new allies I’ve connected with this past year as I’ve been getting ready to make some pretty major changes to the way I earn a living now that I’ve finally kicked cancer’s ass to the curb again. All of them are deeply inspiring and incredibly empowering forces of uplift within the small business ecosphere. They brought incredible resources around me, free of charge, and an abundance of wisdom as I change my approach this time round.
Rather than focusing on just one thing, I’m embracing a “portfolio career” that allows me to pull many of the things that bring me joy into the way I earn a living. (Thank you, April Rinne, for the inspiration!) My art is definitely one of them, and it’s been more than a little unnerving to begin sharing it publicly for the first time. I really appreciate how supportive people have been!
Who says you can’t reboot in Act 2? And who says it can’t be with things that make you feel happy and fulfilled? Workaholism earned me 2 autoimmune diseases and 2 dances with cancer, this time incurable. If now isn’t the right time to make earning a living completely about having a life—a joyfully authentic one—then I doubt there will ever be one.
I chose the name “Seren” for this painting. It’s Welsh for “star” and the women who inspired it have absolutely been my guiding stars. I feel so much gratitude for all the uplift they’ve created around me and so many other entrepreneurs ❤️