***Flygirl Fridays***

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to take a course called "Flying Lessons" given by a very talented artist - Kelly Rae Roberts. It was an excellent course that covered such topics as letting go of yours fears, going after your true passion, and many other things. One of the best things about the course was, I got meet and learn about a lot of talented artists, all in on different paths, but all working towards making their dreams come true and learning to take flight. Flygirl Fridays is all about these wonderfully talented people and a little bit about them, so you can get to know them as well!

Please join me in welcoming
Kelley Miller!

Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hi, my name is Kelley Miller. Although I am a Southern California girl born and raised, I currently live in Kentucky, just south Louisville. I am an RN by profession, but after an accident at work 5-1/2 years ago left me with an injured left arm and hand, and after the subsequent surgeries....I turned to Art to heal both physically and emotionally. I currently am a Mixed Media Artist. I sell originals and prints of my work.

What is something that you really love, and why?
It’s not something, but someone, I LOVE my 21 year old Daughter Courtney. She is the best thing I will have ever done. She is kind, talented, and smart. She has the best inherent people skills I have ever seen. And to top it all off, she's beautiful on the inside and out.



What would your dream project be?
Well even though I'm a Visual Artist. It has always been my dream to be a recording Artist. I have been a singer since before I could talk, and have performed since I was in middle school. So I would love to Record an Album. Unfortunately, I'm just an adequate singer, and not recording material. So maybe the next best thing would be to design an album cover...that would be cool.

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?
My Grandmother, whom I lived with for a short time during high school, helped me address the uncertainties that a high-schooler deals with.....and the best thing she ever said to me was, "Kel, if you can’t change it or do anything about it...you just have to move on." Although I try, I don’t always take her advice, but her voice is always there in the back of my head. I miss her.

Where does your inspiration come from?
All those feelings that rise up that tell us we aren't good enough, like Fear, Inadequacy, and Shame and then the actions and attitudes we as humans can do to combat those feelings.....such as Kindness, Humility, Purpose, Generosity, Mercy, and Grace. I guess just the Human Condition, and how we can rise above it and facilitate others to rise above it as well. That inspires me!

What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back?
Definitely the fear of Success. I’m not sure what that is about. I ponder and tackle that one every day...and I hope that I am making progress figuring that one out. I think I am. Its slow progress, but I know I'm leaps and bounds from where I was a few months ago. So that's somewhat reassuring to me.

What change do you think would most help your business grow?
Having belief in myself and what I create. I quite like what I create for the most part and others seem to like it as well, but for some reason I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that others would purchase it. While I have had a few sales, it just seems so odd to me that this could actually be my job. So clearly, my frame of mind is all that is holding me back.

What’s the biggest thing that you took with you from Flying Lessons?
The biggest thing is the support of the great Tribe of Ladies that emerged from our Facebook group our "Fly Tribe". This group is one of the most generous, encouraging, smart, talented, non-judgmental groups that I have had the pleasure to be in contact with. It's a safe harbor for me, and even when I’m not too active with posts myself...just reading them calms me down. There is just a bond there that goes way beyond the Art and the business of Art. I am so thankful they are in my life.

I am so thrilled to be featured here today! Thanks Violet!!

If you have the time and are inclined, please come visit me. You can find me at the following sites:
www.facebook.com/kelleymillerartworks
www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/#!/KelleyMillerArt
www.kelleymillerartworks@gmail.com