Day 21: Putting Yourself Out There with Stephanie Jones Rubiano

Hope you all had a great weekend!

To cap off the weekend I want to share with you a fun chat I had with Stephanie Jones Rubiano.

Stephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Austinite who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX, for five years after that. Therefore, it stands to reason that she has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed media artist who creates dimensional works within shadow boxes using a variety of uncommon objects. Her love of nature and fascination with Victorian photography is apparent through her combination of antique photographs and real butterfly or moth wings. Bits of text illustrate her irreverence for straight-laced Victorian society and lend a whimsical air to her pieces.

Stephanie teaches workshops at national art retreats as well as in her home studio. She has had Butterfly Boxes and work in past mediums shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States. In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX, and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists. Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books, as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects. Stephanie lives with her daughter, husband, two cats and a variety of backyard critters in Austin, TX.

You can find her over on her website  She has a new online course coming soon so keep an eye out for that!!

Come listen to our chat:

Putting Yourself Out There with Stephanie Jones Rubiano & Handmade U from Rachel McGough on Vimeo.

In talking about putting yourself out there it may be good to note that we aren't just talking to extroverts, you don't have to want to be on stage or sign out loud in front of a crowd.  Even introverts want to, need to share their talents and passions and Stephanie is a perfect example of how an introvert can overcome her fears and put themselves out there.

You never know where your connections will come from or who they will be with so it's important to constantly be putting yourself out there.  Keep sharing repetitively and it will happen.  Creativity especially is subjective, so you will need to find your people.  Be an eternal optimist, if it doesn't happen today, maybe tomorrow!  It's important to develop a thick skin as well.  It is natural to want to retreat under the covers when you hear a no, or get rejected.  Dust yourself off and keep going.  Find your inner GRIT, the ability to get up again and again is key!

Take Stephanie's advice and Just Do It!  Take a deep breath and jump in!  Thanks Stephanie for sharing your story!!

Now go be creative!!

The Putting Yourself Out There Online course is now LIVE.  If you are watching these conversations and wondering how to put all of this into practice for yourself - you will have a fun project and journaling prompts to help!  HERE is the link to join!

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