I'd like to thank everyone for your advice on my last (short-lived) blogpost. I've decided to take it down as I want this to be a positive, happy, art-filled place, and that was an incredibly negative experience.
I took everyone's advice to heart, and tried to use my intuition and beliefs to guide what I wanted to do. I have to thank thank thank (many time over again) Donna of Joyfully Donna who sort of shook some sense into me, very kindly though. My shop wasn't reflecting who I am, or who I want to market to. I am not competing with those crazy shops with fake reviews and outrageous claims because we aren't even marketing to the same people.
I want my Etsy shop to radiate love, whimsy, and positivity. So it got a major makeover! I don't want to work with the energies I was finding myself working with on a regular basis. Tawdry business, love affairs, cheating, desperation, obsession. Yucky feelings! I want to work with happy people who want to feel good, and receive spiritual guidance!
This is the new shop! As you can see I have taken a pseudonym for shop purposes, created a new banner, changed my philosophy and filled it with readings, more art, and spells for finding happiness and inner peace. Prices for these services have been drastically lowered in order to be able to offer my services to more people, and the right people! This is to be a truly spiritual and artful venture to me, and I finally feel RIGHT about my shop. I am very happy to do this, and I thank you all for your wonderful support with my previous struggles.
As some of you may know I am working towards my Master's in Esoteric Religious Studies and European History. Much of my studies were based in the psychology of religion and worked as a counsellor in my university's peer guidance group, as well as with the spiritual centre in my community. I may be 21 but I am thoroughly experienced with mental illness as I have provided emergency counselling locally, as I live in a city with one of the highest rates of mental illness do to being near the 50th parallel latitude line (having a very dark and dreary winter) and having a heavy reliance on the local resources for jobs and livelihood. This makes it all the more important to focus on joy and happiness in my business pursuits!
Despite my knowledge and experience with mental illness and depression, it is important to me that I didn't become a pseudo-psychologist for people through my shop. Sometimes my best advice for people should have been to see a trained professional, and go to therapy. These clients were trying to change drastic things in their life with a novelty item purchase, and do to their desperation they were taking it out on me when a few herbs and candles didn't fix every issue they'd ever had.
As you can also see, my blog got a makeover too! Out with the old, in with the new. Let me know what you all think!
Paint happened, and paint happened in a big way.
I'd like to introduce you to 'The Boatman's Dream'.
This is a piece that I reworked to fill with colour and vibrance.
Now in the shop with a couple other new updates!