Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lemonade Stands

sneak peek
Joining my artistic friends at Studio JRU.

So about a month ago,
I am getting ready for my first booth showing my art
and I am just having a moment.
Like an exploded balloon where all of the
confidence, faith, belief, courage, passion, all of it just blew up.
Trying to put on my makeup, but it's no use, because tears keep coming.
I am annoyed with myself.  Mad.  Frustrated.  Scared.  Vulnerable.
And I was left with this one little voice whispering,
"What are you doing?"
"You are just a little girl with a lemonade stand."
"Just pretending to be a big girl with a business making nickels and dimes."

I get face down on the carpet and pour it out to God.
The fear, the doubt, the little girl feeling, and the anger.
Why am I angry?  At Him?
I am.  So I tell Him.  And I breathe deep.
And be authentic before my God
because He already knows what I am thinking and feeling anyway.

So ~ I call a friend.

She pep-talks me out of the lemonade stand mentality.

I get my make-up on and go











I talk to Heather

about stepping out in faith and risk

toward the lives we want to live. . .

even though money is oh-so-tight, it seems . . .

but I want to live what is most important. 

Family.  Faith.  Follow the calling in my heart.  Now.

"Yes,"  I think to myself, "that really is what I believe in."

Bob talks to me about my photos

and putting together a calendar.  Really?  A calendar?  Cool!

People look and linger and {gulp} . . . they buy things.

But it is so much more than the purchase

that makes my heart sing.

It is the "Begin one small step at a time" piece

that I loved, yet nobody ever looked at it.

And I wondered "Why?"

Until a mother bought it for her daughter

who had just begun to rebuild

after her home had burned to the ground.

And I knew why nobody looked before.

And a "made in South Dakota" store connection.

Then a woman with tears in her eyes

whose veteran husband suffers from PTSD

has a new home for "Be Real".

Another loves birds, and orders a set like I made in memory of Grandma Marj.

And the man from Montana studying my pieces

that I start a conversation with . . . he, too, is a mixed media artist.

Stepping out, sharing his work.

One is moving to Cody, Wyoming.

She buys prints of my wildflower photos to remember South Dakota.

Connections of the heart

through creativity.

Full circle


New opportunities that I cannot wait to share.  {SOON!}

Far and exceedingly above all that I could ask or imagine.

From this little girl lemonade stand.

Just putting my heart out there.

"See, look what I made."

That is how I felt. 

Like a little girl hoping somebody would like what I had to offer.





it was good.

Above, beyond, exceeding my imaginations and my askings.



copyright 2011 Jodene (Jodi) Shaw.


  1. Yay! So glad you found the courage to display your wares, share your gifts and believe in you. Look how many people your art touched!

  2. more than anything i so admire your willingness to let God use you to touch hearts and be a blessing, even when Satan keeps whispering lies. Keep believing the truth, your talent encourages others to see the Light.

  3. My heart is just so full and tears are running down my face. So brave so wonderful. I've done a couple of "not the right venue" shows and not sold anything but refuse to give up I know my pieces have a home somewhere because they have a home in my heart and that is where they came from. So happy for you. Much love and success.

  4. This post was just what I needed. I too am doing my first booth showing in June. I was feeling the same way. Thank you so much for this lovely post. You have inspired me!

  5. I am so happy for you. I am so excited for you! I love this post... probably because I understand that 'lemonade stand mentality'. I can relate. I love hearing about the wonderful connections you made through your art. LOVE! ♥

  6. Oh Jodene...that is so wonderful. I'm sorry for the struggle to get to the end, but it was so encouraging and how awesome that you had those around you to encourage you along the way!

  7. I am incredibly proud of you!!! I wish we lived closer as I know we would be are my inspiration-100%!!!

    Sooooooo happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my heart so happy today!!!:)

  8. Jodene~ this post is amazing. I feel like your were writing it, word for word, for me. I had a show this past weekend, and I too was in the "lemonade stand" frame of mind.

    You've put into words, the whole experience of "putting your art out there" and the joy that comes back to you, when you do! Your work is stunning~ your process is inspiring, and I am grateful, for having your words to read each week.

    So haPPy and celebrating your joyful "lemonade stand"!

  9. i can so relate to the lemonade stand are an amazing woman and you bless me so...
    i will read this post when i need encouragement...


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