An Introvert’s Guide to Landing Those Artistic ‘Opportunities’

Opportunities exist to all who look for and welcome them. I’m no different when it comes to the desire to jump on new opportunities. The difference in me, however, stems from the fact that I’m not all that great at putting myself out there, making opportunities, and most of all, turning these prospective opportunities into faithful clients and contracts. (It’s especially difficult to align a job with my Spiritual Self, and find more than just monetary satisfaction in it.)

So for an introvert to find and pounce on opportunities in the writing and creative world, there needs to be a ritual–of some fashion. I usually have to seriously analyze every angle of a thing before I let intuitive forces and Fate take the reigns. Whatever the ritual, there are some great tips to add to yours to help get the ball rolling toward grabbing your gigs.

I’ve compiled a short list of resources here to help fellow creative introverts like myself put themselves out there and make their own opportunities.

Make a Living Writing

An Introvert’s Guide to Freelancing

The Power of Introverts

Forbes

Inc.com

Tips to Promote Yourself to Extroverts (applies to any promotion when you’re introverted, really)

Sell Yourself…

These as well as others will find their way to the Links page here on Barefoot in Florida. I’m always open to more suggestions, so if there are some that should be included in this list, please leave me a comment.

 

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Introducing the Poetry of Liadán Rán

This is a new poetry project I created within the last few months, complete with pseudonym, mythology, legends and folklore of old pagan Europe. I am excited to see where this takes my pen and me! =)

Be sure to head to Líadan Rán Poetry to escape reality for a bit…

The Garden Plan

Spring is just around the corner, as winter never lasts for too long here in Florida, and as it is, I’ve been daydreaming and somewhat planning my garden for Spring.

The front bed will hold herbs for cooking, crafting, and healing, as well as offerings and ritual use, the side beds will hold FL natives and naturalized plants (some tropicals that I just have fallen in love with), and the back yard, well, that’s another story entirely.

For now I’m contemplating some of these beauties that are FL-friendly and can add to the foundation of a FL-friendly garden/landscape:

Acrostichum danaeifolium
Acrostichum danaeifolium–LEATHER FERN
photo of Callicarpa americana
Callicarpa americana–AMERICAN BEAUTY BERRY
photo of Codiaeum variegatum
Codiaeum variegatum–CROTON
photo of Gamolepis spp.
Gamolepis spp.–BUSH DAISY
photo of Hamamelis virginiana
Hamamelis virginiana–COMMON WITCHHAZEL
photo of Hamelia patens
Hamelia patens–FIREBUSH
photo of Hibiscus spp.
Hibiscus spp.–HIBISCUS (MALLOWS)
photo of Illicium spp.
Illicium spp.–STAR ANISE
photo of Sambucus spp.
Sambucus spp.–ELDERBERRY (SHRUB)
photo of Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae–BIRD OF PARADISE
photo of Zamia floridana
Zamia floridana–FLORIDA COONTIE (FLORIDA ARROWROOT, FLORIDA ZAMIA)

Some grow slowly, and some more quickly, but I’ve admired these babies at garden centers (where available) and when searching through landscaping pictures on online resources. The bare bones of the yard and my other garden beds will be exposed between now and the middle of February, as I hope to get my fingernails filled with dirt, here, pretty soon.

What FL friendly plants (and natives) are in your gardens if you live here?