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My name is Amanda Hard I am a local artist based out of Maine. I create empowering paintings of abstract women, to uplift and bring self-empowerment. My paintings are inspired by women, from all over the world, all walks of life! My paintings are for the young, old, weak, bold, regardless of their strengths, color, gender, and orientation. ALL women are my inspiration! Growing up as a female in this world has its challenges. I felt like there was always an image of who or what a “girl” should be. I always wanted to be able to relate and reflect on the struggles and beauty women hold within themselves. Women are so beautiful independent and articulate! I wanted to express a women’s life, journeys, passions, love, loss, failures, strengths, the ups the downs, careers, backgrounds! We are different colors, shapes, sizes, and so much more!

This was the inspiration that led me to start my “Girl Series”. I started creating paintings when I was going into college trying to figure out who I was as a woman. I wanted women to have a chance to relate and admire different parts of who they are, as I did while embracing who I was and I am as a woman. My mission is to give everyone a chance to escape through my paintings. I wanted to share as much as I could with everyone around me, so I started printing my images and “Girl Series” on Art prints, home decor, accessories, and apparel for women to incorporate their “Girl” in their day to day lifestyle. From beach towels, pillows, handbags, to make up purses, backpacks, coffee mugs, and so much more! So whichever lifestyle and type of girl you are, you are my inspiration!

What or Who inspired you to start your business?
My Brother. He’s always told me to put my art online, I out it off for so many years not listening to my big brother, but one day I LISTENED! I never knew or thought people would enjoy my artworks so much! He’s always supported me and pushed me to share my art with the world. I couldn’t do it without his knowledge, guidance, support and brotherly love.

How do you develop Key partnerships?
Stay in touch! Always keep communication open and prompt. Balance your partnerships out with partners that balance with you.

How did you get funded or what creative strategies did you use to execute on minimal cash flow?
Budgeting! It’s not easy! Especially being a girl! We want the latest fashion, makeup, and lifestyle trends, but when running a business you have to make a budget and only spend what’s necessary. Help fund your passion and business and in the end, your business will help fund you.

What habits helped make you successful?
Staying Constant. Keep going. Be persistent.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I feel like everyone has their own individuality. I don’t look at others as competitors. I just look at them to learn, grow and build my own business!

What was your biggest mistake?
Not listening to my brother and starting earlier! (He’d be smiling reading this!)

How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
I don’t believe in the would Failure. If it’s not in the cards for me at that time then I keep going, keep moving forward and keep growing. If you stop to think you are failing it will distract you from prospering!

What was unexpected when you started your business?
The amount of love, support, and interest in my art! It’s a surreal feeling!

What did you learn?
So much! I’m constantly learning!

What would you have done differently?
Since starting my business I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I’ve learned from everything I’ve done. Whether it was beneficial or not I learned what to do and what not to do. Without making mistakes you can’t learn and grow from them.

How can you minimize the unknowns?
Through Experience

What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
Give it time!! People want instant success, but it takes time, patience and perseverance.

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
A life defined by your passion. Waking up every day and going to work for yourself, knowing you can provide for your family through your love of work.

What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
I’d like to bring into this world self-love, Inspiration, and smiles. There’s so much complication in this word, I just want to keep it simple and enjoyable.

Describe yourself in one word?
Kind

What habits and mindsets made you successful?
Stay Positive. Never Give Up. Make healthy choices that will make you prosper, physically and mentally.

Where does your passion come from?
My heart

What makes you smile?
Seeing people enjoying my art. Bringing happiness and empowerment into people’s lives!

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

Breakfast

Describe your happy place
My Home

What makes you Unique?
We are all unique individuals. I am ME and that’s what makes me Unique!

How are you living out loud?
Through my Art and Empowering others!

What drives you?
My family, my friends, and the people around me.

Instagram business page – @pennyprints4you
Instagram artist page– @misspennyprintss
Facebook– Penny Prints
Website – www.penny-prints.com

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The Art of Self-Improvement

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Why does no one mention Art when talking about Self Improvement? Why do we seek inner understanding from ‘gurus’ and not artists? Maybe it’s time for change.

There’s no doubt about it: Self Improvement is big business but what about art? No matter where we look we seem to see men attired in business suits and fancy haircuts. Sporting dinky little earpiece microphones, they speak to us as though we were attending the annual general meeting of their multi-national self-development business which, I suppose, isn’t that far from the truth. They speak to us in sound-bites; “I’m gonna show you how…”, “you just need to follow my plan: no thought required; just follow the plan”. Success and winning, they preach to the audience, are “a sure thing.”

But is self-development a sure thing? If like me, you believe self-development is a life journey that is never completed, you know that the only sure thing is that the search for self-development is far from being a sure thing. The journey will entail more failures than successes, more loss than gain and more self-doubt than we think we can endure. The only way to improve one’s self is to challenge the habits and assumptions we have gathered along the way. To go out on a limb with no guarantee of finding what we want takes courage. No ‘success plan’ would contemplate such a course of action!

Photo by Olayinka Babalola on Unsplash
Photo by Olayinka Babalola on Unsplash

So, if we can’t get succor from the self-improvement ‘gurus’, who can we turn to?

The answer, I believe, is to look to the people who have always explored every single aspect of the human condition. They did not always find the answer, but they all had courage. They are, of course, the world’s artists.

How can a painting help us toward our goal of self-improvement you might ask? Well, some paintings help to bring serenity and a feeling of inner peace; I feel this whenever I look at an Impressionist painting, especially paintings by Berthe Morisot. She was never recognized as a great artist during her lifetime; she was relegated to the category of “feminine” artists because of her usual subject matter — women, children, and domestic scenes. Her paintings are intensely intimate. She is an example of someone who never gave up on pursuing what she thought was worthwhile despite being largely ignored.

Jackson Pollock instills different but equally powerful feelings. I used to believe all modern artists “just throw a bit of paint on a canvas and call it art”. My preconceptions were swept away when I was lucky enough to attend an exhibition devoted to his work. His paintings were beautiful and challenged the way I look at a painting. The search for your inner self is all about challenging your currently held notions.

Music is probably the easiest of the arts for us to accept as an aid toward our search for self-development. How often does a certain piece of music make us feel happy, relaxed, romantic, hopeful, fulfilled? You name it, music hits all the buttons. My favorite music is anything by Beethoven. His music makes me feel all of the aforementioned. He was a man who accepted nothing less than perfection. He sort redemption through his music. Ultimately, he didn’t find it and he spent much of his life feeling alone. But his courage of conviction made his life, and countless others, a better thing. His last words were “Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.”

Perhaps our greatest inspiration comes from writers. They have helped me, and millions of others, to find the inner self. Life would be a much poorer experience without our great writers. I won’t name all the writers that have inspired me; there are too many. But if there was one thing I would urge you to do, it is to read. If you’re not sure who to read then go to a library and ask! Tell the librarian what it is that you want to experience, feel or learn when you read a book. They’ll help you; don’t let shyness defeat you. If you can’t get to a library then join a reading club on the internet. The one thing I have found is that people, who love to read, love to help others to read books.

So, forget about buying into those testosterone, succeed-at-all-costs seminars, ebooks, and DVDs. Go and look at a painting; or lie on the sofa and listen to music, maybe dance wildly to it, cry with it, make love in time to it; or curl up and read a book that will take you where you never thought possible.

You may not get to where you wished, but Art will accompany you every single step of the way.

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