If you’re new here and don’t know much about me in addition to being a writer and author, I am also an artist. And I have big dreams!

In fact, my very first business was selling my artwork online and then later building a brick and mortar store (that’s since closed because online business works for me and my vision for life). It had been in my dreams for a seriously a long time.

Ok back to the brick and mortar store as it matters to this blog post. In 2005, I had this idea of selling my artwork (crochet, pyrography, jewelry) instead of giving it away like I had been doing for so many years. So I ventured into selling my art first on Etsy than on Artfire and then on my own website. My dreams were coming true a little at a time. I also set up at the local Farmer’s Market and signed up for various venues in our community. And in the process, I had this brilliant idea.

One storefront where I would be able to support artists in the local community to sell their work. It’s really been a passion of mine to share and promote other people’s work because they have realized their dream and it deserves sharing and supporting. 8 years later, I did just that by supporting other artists in my community to sell their handmade work. I loved supporting them and hear people talk about the local artists.

And in 2010/2011 I had this opportunity. Finally, my dream would come to reality while at the same time my son was waiting for his third liver transplant (but that’s another story for another time). Anywho, I found the artist and the storefront and went all in!

I spend 8 hours in the store 5 days a week if not more, selling artwork and creating my own at the same time. I even started an art center – although that failed but at least I can say I tried and learned some amazing lessons along the way.

Anyway, a year into this venture I felt stuck and frustrated. The store in itself was a great idea and well loved by the community. But have you ever started a business in a town that has 500 citizens? Yeah, challenging!

So within the year, I made the decision to close the store and go back to work as a therapist. And even though I was sad, closing the store was the best decision ever!

One of my key driven motives is to help you out of the starting box, to embrace yourself and then, of course, put yourself out there. But it’s scary and even overwhelming. I want you to have the support, tools, and community to follow your dreams because even when you struggle, even when you feel like you failed, your courage and bravery deserves to be recognized in so many ways.

My life has come full circle from selling my own artwork to supporting others in their own journey and instead of doing it in person in a storefront, I get to do it here on and in the The Rebels Den.

When we light up by the thing we love to do – well that is passion. And who doesn’t want to do something that they are passionate about?

But the question always is how do you get started and make it happen?

  1. Believe in your passion and that it will support and change lives (your own or others).
  2. Trust in yourself and know that someone NEEDS what you have to offer.
  3. Be confident in your abilities and define the actions that it will take.
  4. Have the courage to do it anyway even if others don’t believe or agree.
  5. Trust your intuition because it will never steer your wrong!
  6. Work on your mindset every single day!
  7. Start taking action!

How can you be supported? What is it that you need?

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Author + Artist, a Goal Coach + Business Strategist. Petra helps freedom-seeking Rebels + Creatives to follow their intuition, embrace who they are while they taking action towards their dreams + goals - whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or just focusing on personal goals. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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