In the world of art, the path to becoming an artist can be filled with self-doubt and uncertainty. Margie and Lonnie Johnson's journey is an inspiring tale of how mentorship, faith, and a shift in perspective can lead to newfound confidence and blessings. In this engaging article, artist and mentor Matt Tommey narrates the transformation of this talented duo and invites you to join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentorship Program.
A Childhood Dream
As children, Margie and Lonnie both shared a dream - to become artists. The idea of creating art filled them with wonder and excitement. However, as they grew older, self-esteem issues and societal expectations began to cloud their artistic aspirations.
Art as a Hobby
Like many aspiring artists, they received well-intentioned advice that art was something nice to do as a hobby. The prevailing notion was that a "real" career should take precedence, and art could only be a fallback option if everything else failed. The idea of pursuing art as a primary career path wasn't encouraged.
A Struggle with Confidence
Margie and Lonnie's journey was marked by a struggle with confidence. They questioned whether they could truly make a career out of their art. The fear of not being accepted in the art world loomed over them, hindering their creative potential.
Discovering Matt Tommey's Mentorship
Around eight years ago, in a low point in her life, Margie stumbled upon Matt Tommey's book study on Facebook. The book study was centered around Matt's book, "The Heart of the Artist." It was a pivotal moment, and Margie knew she needed to be a part of it. She drove to Asheville and attended the study, where she met incredible Christian artists who would change her life forever.
Finding Their Community
Margie's experience in the book study was transformational. She felt an instant connection with the artists she met and realized that she had found her community. It was a place where art, faith, and creativity intersected, and it marked a significant turning point in her life.
A Shift in Expectation
Being a part of Matt Tommey's Created to Thrive Artist Mentorship Program brought about a shift in Margie and Lonnie's expectations. They began to expect blessings and favor from God. They understood their identity in Christ and believed that God wanted to take them to new levels of success in their artistic endeavors.
Embracing New Thoughts
The mentorship program introduced them to new thoughts and concepts that Matt encouraged. They started to use words like "favor" and "blessing" in their vocabulary. They understood that God did not intend for them to be starving artists; instead, He loved to bless and favor His children.
A Journey of Financial Blessings
The shift in expectations and newfound confidence bore fruit. Financially, Margie and Lonnie saw a remarkable transformation. In their first year, they didn't sell a single piece of art. However, after joining the mentorship program, every First Friday event resulted in sales. Their faith in God's blessings was reflected in their growing success.
Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentorship Program
Margie and Lonnie Johnson's story is a testament to the power of mentorship, faith, and a shift in mindset. If you're an artist struggling with self-doubt or looking to take your creative journey to new heights, the Created to Thrive Artist Mentorship Program could be your path to transformation.
Visit Matt Tommey's Mentorship Program and explore the opportunity to be a part of this life-changing program. Just as Margie and Lonnie discovered their identity and confidence as artists, you too can experience a shift in your creative journey.
Don't let fear and uncertainty hold you back. Join the program, embrace new thoughts, and expect blessings. Your artistic dreams can thrive, and God loves to favor His children.
These case studies are based on the stories of artists who are members of the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program. They have shared their own stories in their own words.