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I saw Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas Danst Rosas last week. Much could be said about the performance but what struck me about half way through was just how MUCH of this show I'd seen before.     The first time I saw it as a dance film: 

I went to a super kickass conference called Giant Steps last Friday. It's basically group therapy for creative entrepreneurs artist types, and I love it. If you couldn't be there, or if you were in a different breakout session, here are my top learnin's from Levi Weinhagen's session on social media. (Apologies to Levi for my summarized, probably inaccurate quotes.) It was a good opportunity to zoom out from being up to my eyeballs in social media and remember what it's all about. 

As a companion piece to last week, here are the top ten things I'm excited about trying out in Los Angeles, in my new (terrifying, unknown, black hole) life:   10) Not replacing all the crap I got rid of. 

It's autumn.  Autumn always leads me down a dark and dangerously nostalgic trail.  I can miss an old sock if the sky is just the right shade of blue, and God help us all the leaves are in full orange and yellow. I'll just sit outside and mope in a most glorious and prolonged fashion.     So, of course, as anyone could have predicted, my impending departure has intensified my love for Minnesota.    

FIrst, I have a confession to make:   I'm moving. To Los Angeles.    It's true.  You might have heard through the grapevine, but I'm moving to California.  Like, soon.  After 13 lovely years in Minnesota.    Why?  Why would I ever leave this gorgeous state, scattered with ten thousand blue jewels, full of green trees just starting to set themselves on fire?   

A few weeks ago, I had a call with my noble and wise business coach.  At the beginning of the call, I told him I'm tired of working until midnight.  We talked for an hour, and by the end of the call, I made a few decisions.   

August 31, 2014 marks two years since I made the big leap: I quit my full-time day job to venture out on my own as a full-time me.  It's been a bumpy but satisfying two years.  I'm going to be in the Dominican Republic that day (woo!) so I'm here a bit early to reflect.   What I've Learned I covered some of this territory last year, so what's new since then?  

Artist Retreat on the North Shore
DIY Artist Retreats have been on my mind lately. You know, where you rent a room somewhere and hole up for a set amount of time to focus on your art or your life as an artist.     Last weekend I drove up to the North shore of Lake Superior for a weekend-long, all-by-myself writing retreat. Earlier this summer I took two DIY retreats with Mad King Thomas and am planning a retreat with DanceMN this fall. It's been that kind of year!   

There is sometimes a fog of mystery when you hire someone to work for you.  Every solo/creative/entrepreneur has their particular methods and preferences for how things go.  Some people want you to pay them only in the shiniest pennies and refuse to build anything unless there's a three-quarter moon.     As you probably realize, I've got my own quirks.  And I love mysterious fog and shiny things...but I don't like them in invoicing.  I describe herein my platonic billing situation, to serve as a guide for myself and my customers:

Today is my birthday! For those of you who don't know me, last year's birthday was kind of incredible.  So, this year, I'm not doing anything for my birthday, but I AM giving you a present:   Making Your Life As An Artist  


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