It’s not all about me

When I joined WordPress I was looking for a static location to plug my book. I wanted a place I could direct people to if they wanted to purchase my book online simply a website with a description of my novel, a brief bio, and my “buy it now” button.

But the book wasn’t quite available when I went online, and I figured I better get some content going, once word got out the website was live. I figured maybe I’d blog a bit about becoming an author while I waited.

Now that I have launched my book, my “buy it now” button is in place, and I am so sick of self-promotion, I can’t even stand to look at myself in the mirror anymore, I figured it would be a great time to switch gears a little and do a little bit of blogging that isn’t all about me, not completely.

Today I received a beautiful gift from my husband. It was an anniversary present that he ordered from Australia, a beautiful silk scarf. Lucky me!!! The gift was thoughtfully selected because beyond being beautiful, silk, and handmade it has deeper meaning. When I wear it as a wrap, the printed design is of wings. Eagles are a significant totem for me, and these wings made my husband think of eagles and me.

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However when I opened the gift, and read the accompanying literature included by the artist, the gift became more meaningful for a whole other reason. It was made by a fellow artist.

http://shovava.com/

I have only begun to go out and flog my craft, “my art” if you will. I’ve done a farmer’s market, a community garage sale, and a library visit. Although word of mouth has been incredible and every day I am getting more and more recommendations and signings, I am seeing how hard it is, selling by the onesies and twosies. It has given me a whole new appreciation for artists. I have to say I love this scarf even more because I know the gift is supporting someone else’s art.

Gift buying and gift receiving of this type feels less like mindless consuming and more like mindful purchasing. I am loving sites like Etsy.com. My husband is a huge internet explorer who has turned me on to websites and artists I never would have known if not for his curiosity. I have received some spectacular gifts from him like the scarf above and bracelet below…

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and he is getting some pretty funny t-shirts for father’s day.

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https://www.etsy.com/transaction/134143073?utm_source=transaction&utm_medium=trans_email&utm_campaign=purchase_buyer

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https://www.etsy.com/transaction/134142946?utm_source=transaction&utm_medium=trans_email&utm_campaign=shipping_notification

6 thoughts on “It’s not all about me

  1. Denis

    … the reason those wings made me think of you is another blog 😉

    I’ve enjoyed your adventure so far and am grateful for the part I’ve had in addition to how much you share. Certainly sets up the future very nicely!

    Reply
    1. ShannonRaelynn Post author

      Great idea but its not happening today. My sweats and t-shirt would bring that great scarf down. 🙂

      Reply
  2. wantonwordflirt

    Great minds must think alike….we must have blogging at the same time today!

    I agree with you, I think mindful purchasing of unique artisan gifts is much better than mindless consumption. I do try and support local artisans as much as possible. To be honest did not know about etsy.com until today, but will be checking it out. Love the “head?” Viking headgear t-shirt for your hubby. LOL

    Your husband found the perfect scarf for you….all I could think of when I looked at the photo, and thought of you wearing it, is spread those wings girl and fly!

    Reply

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