Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Garden peeks out its blooms.
The Maiden never minds the rain.
It gives her comfort visiting with the open blossoms.
A shared intimacy, they are coaxed out in mist and raindrops.
I know she gives them comfort,
they in turn, share what's been on their mind over the winter.
It's been too long!
-Robin Becic '12

Spring Transitions, Patience, Focus.

More Patience, and Timing.

Now Summer!

What a difference a month makes.  I have finally made progress (ok, small steps) towards my search for information regarding my mother's side of the family.

Studying the Lyme Regis Natural History Museum website I found a department to contact titled Family Histories.  What a thrill to at least be able to share my story with someone over there!
Sending off an inquiry was one step, but actually hearing back from someone helped me turn a page, and to rethink there might be hope in learning more.

So, vague as I was, there were enough clues to make it an interesting challenge.  Further research is required, but they will get back to me in a few days..... Wow!

Meanwhile, there is plenty of earth to move, weeds to pull, and preparation for planting around our home.
Practicing patience, I'll share a few pictures of the progress while waiting to learn more about my grandfather.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Growing An Idea
If we wait for the perfect moment we cause ourselves to metaphorically hold our breath while waiting for the right moment.  How smart is that? No one wants to faint, then wake to find they miss their moment....... loosely translated from a quote by the Buddha

In "my second act" phase of my life, I seem to be experimenting with my creative, inventive, entrepreneurial nature of my personality.  I have been looking for an opportunity to grow with an idea.
I admire women in this world economy that stride forward boldly with a new idea.  Fast forward.........

How do you make the leap from making art, to starting a direct sales business?  Let me explain:  I love making art, and being in my studio, but I also love the marketing aspect of direct sales.  I see it as analogous: creativity and the correlation between self-direction in the studio (nobody's gonna make this art for you...) and the independent sales representative (nobody's going to make the sale for you).  Each path, in their own way, holds the primary commitment of working independently as necessary to achieve one's goals.  Artist and Sales person, betcha never thought you'd see those in the same sentence.....

So, Gigi Hill Bags has been a wonderful new direction for me.  (Let me preface) I tend to be the type of creative personality that could stay in her studio working, without interaction with others.... a kind of recluse.  So, joining Gigi Hill Bags as a direct sales professional may not seem a stretch to many, but for this introvert, it certainly seems like I am over my skis.  In essence I am saying 'yes' to one of the most challenging businesses anyone could get into - simply because it is so easy to enjoy, AND hard at the same time....
There's a phrase we use in direct marketing: "Failing Forward to Success".  (I'm just sure The Buddha was the first Direct Sales King) There are 7 ways to Fail Forward.  To begin with, there are a lot of "no's" in our business, so that means we are challenged daily to work smarter. I'm not saying this is completely convincing, but evidence shows that Direct Sales is known as one of the only areas of business that is recession proof  So who know's what the future holds.  Our only sense of certainty we can experience in life is the results of our own efforts (yes, another loose trans. from Buddha).  So if you don't get out of the studio, break your routine, or think out of the bag, you won't know you've found your moment, until it's too late.  What the heck....  Are you still holding your breath?


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I created these collages in 2008.  During that time I was concerned with "mysterious" die-offs of hives, or Colony Collapse.  The work is a study in 3 small collage, using words and imagery about Bees.
the title of the series is "What about Bees"

 2008 copyright, Robin Becic

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved.  The real milestones are less prepossessing.  They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.  Our lives are measured by them.
-- Susan  B. Anthony

Sunday, May 13, 2012

copyright 2009 - Robin Becic


May you find the balance between
what people need from you, and
what you need for yourself
-Jessye Norman

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In a Holding Pattern
What if you found out you had a twin?  After many many years of never knowing, never even considering it?
What would that feel like when you first learned the news?
How would you react?
Visiting my mother for Mother's Day will have many shades of emotions.  I will feel fortunate the first few hours that I have her all to myself.  Well, I mean to say, without the interactions of my sisters........
My youngest son and I will be with her and my father in the morning......
I intend to enjoy the time, and to find out more names and more dates of importance in my Family Tree search.
More tidbits from my maternal grandfather's life:  While living in San Carlos, CA., he had a women's sportwear manufacturing business:  Patsy Ann Sportwear.  His competitors were Pendleton, Jantzen, .............
My mother will have more memories tomorrow.