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A Military Veteran’s Journey from Artistry to Literary Leadership

Embark on an inspiring journey into the realms of creativity, resilience, and empowerment in this weekend’s exclusive interview with Lena – a versatile artist, author, and motivational speaker. With over three decades of experience as a graphic designer, digital artist, and book publisher, Lena’s artistic prowess shines through custom journals, coloring books, and self-help publications. As an Army Veteran of 21 years, she shares how military discipline seamlessly integrates into her design precision and dedication to publishing. 

Lena reflects on key milestones, including being a multi-award-winning publisher, and joyous moments witnessing authors’ success. Join us as Lena unravels her leadership role in LitCon Inc. Nonprofit, impacting the literary landscape through writer symposiums and author expos. For aspiring authors, coaches, and consultants, Lena offers insightful tips to embrace creativity, resilience, and continuous learning.

 

Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Lena, Lena? 

Lena: Well, let me tell you, I am like the superhero of inspiration! I have this incredible power to ignite a fire within people’s hearts and push them to chase their wildest dreams with their words using creativity. I am like the Pied Piper of impracticality, leading a parade of dreamers who dare to defy the mundane and color the world with their creativity.

You see, I have this amazing knack for turning passion into profit. I take these extraordinary ideas and sprinkle my magic dust of words and creativity all over them, transforming them into something truly extraordinary. It’s like I’m running a dream factory, where imagination and innovation are the currency of success.

And let me tell you, I absolutely adore what I do! It’s not just a job for me; it’s a thrilling adventure that gets my heart racing and my creative juices flowing. I wake up every morning with a big smile on my face, ready to conquer the world one dream at a time.

Christina: Can you share some insights into your journey as a graphic designer, digital artist, book publisher, author, coach, and motivational speaker?

Lena: Throughout my journey as a graphic designer, digital artist, book publisher, author, coach, and motivational speaker, I’ve had the privilege of exploring my creativity in various ways. With over 30 years of experience as a graphic artist, I’ve honed my skills in crafting visually captivating stories.

As the owner of Blu Impressions Designs & Pub LLC, I take great pride in showcasing my artistic prowess through custom journals, coloring books, and self help books. My creations are designed to celebrate the human spirit and inspire others through the power of words and art.

In addition to my visual artistry, I have delved into the world of writing and publishing. It’s been incredibly fulfilling to see my books featured in esteemed retailers like Barnes & Noble, Books a million and Amazon. Through my writing, I weave narratives that embody resilience, compassion, and the beauty of the human experience.

My passion for empowering others goes beyond my artistic pursuits. As a certified Therapeutic Art Coach and motivational speaker, I am dedicated to helping aspiring authors find their voice and share their unique narratives. I firmly believe in empowering future authors to own their stories and encouraging individuals to tap into their creativity in both business and life.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to combine my talents, experiences, and passions to make a positive impact on others through art, writing, coaching, and motivational speaking. It’s an honor to witness how creativity has the power to inspire and empower individuals to unlock their full potential and embrace their unique stories.

Christina: As an Army Veteran with 21 years of service, how do you draw on the discipline and dedication from your military background in your role in design and publishing? 

Lena: As an Army Veteran with 21 years of service, my military background has played a significant role in shaping my work ethic, discipline, and dedication in the fields of design and publishing. The values I learned during my time in the military, such as perseverance, attention to detail, and a strong sense of duty, have seamlessly transitioned into my creative endeavors.

In the world of design, precision and attention to detail are paramount. The military instilled in me a meticulous approach to tasks and the ability to carefully analyze and execute projects. Whether it’s creating visually captivating graphics or crafting custom journals, I draw on the discipline and precision ingrained in me during my military service to ensure that every aspect of my work is of the highest quality.

Publishing, too, requires a great deal of dedication and perseverance. The military taught me the importance of seeing projects through to completion, even in the face of challenges or obstacles. I bring that same determination into the publishing process, from conceptualizing and writing a book to overseeing the editing and production stages. It’s this unwavering commitment that allows me to deliver captivating narratives that resonate with readers.

Moreover, my military background has instilled in me a strong sense of duty and service to others. It fuels my passion for empowering aspiring authors to share their unique narratives and unlock their creative potential. I approach coaching and motivational speaking with the same level of dedication and commitment to supporting and uplifting others, just as I did during my time in the military.

Overall, my military experience has provided me with a solid foundation of discipline, dedication, and a strong work ethic that I draw upon daily in my roles in design and publishing. It has shaped me into a professional who values precision, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of my creative endeavors.

Christina: Can you highlight some key moments or achievements that you are particularly proud of in your thirty-year career in arts and publishing?

Lena: Certainly! Over the course of my thirty-year career in arts and publishing, there have been several key moments and achievements that I am particularly proud of. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Multi-Award-Winning Publisher: In 2023, I had the honor of being recognized as a multi award-winning publisher. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment that I have poured into my publishing endeavors. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see my efforts acknowledged by industry experts and peers.
  1. Featured in Media Outlets: It’s been an exciting journey to have my work featured in various media outlets, including Publishing Industry Today. These features have provided valuable exposure for my books, designs, and overall creative journey. It’s a proud moment to see my work recognized and shared with a wider audience.
  1. The Joy of Author Success: One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is witnessing the joy and sense of accomplishment when an author receives their book in their hands for the first time. The entire process of helping authors bring their stories to life, from concept to publication, is incredibly gratifying. Knowing that I have played a part in their success and seeing their dreams become tangible reality fills me with a deep sense of achievement.

These key moments and achievements serve as milestones in my career, reminding me of the impact and fulfillment that comes from pursuing my passion in arts and publishing. They inspire me to continue pushing boundaries, creating captivating works, and empowering others to share their unique narratives.

Christina: Being the co-director of LitCon Inc. Nonprofit, you contribute to enriching the literary community through writer symposiums and author expos. How do these events impact the literary landscape, and what inspired you to take on a leadership role in this nonprofit organization?

Lena: As the co-director of LitCon Inc. Nonprofit, I am deeply committed to enriching the literary community through writer symposiums and author expos. These events have a profound impact on the literary landscape by providing valuable opportunities for writers, authors, and readers to come together and engage in meaningful discussions.

Writer symposiums offer a platform for aspiring writers to learn from established authors and industry experts. Through panel discussions, workshops, and presentations, participants can gain invaluable insights into the craft of writing, improve their skills, and receive guidance on navigating the publishing industry. These events foster a supportive environment where writers can connect with fellow creatives, share experiences, and build lasting relationships.

Author expos serve as a vibrant showcase for authors and their works. These events provide a unique opportunity for authors to connect directly with readers, promote their books, and establish a dedicated fanbase. They also create a space for emerging authors to gain visibility and exposure within the publishing industry. By bringing authors and readers together, author expos foster a sense of community and encourage a love for literature.

The inspiration behind my decision to take on a leadership role in LitCon Inc. stems from my passion for literature and the desire to make a positive impact on the literary community. I believe in the transformative power of storytelling and the importance of providing platforms for writers to thrive. Witnessing the growth and development of writers, seeing their works come to life, and connecting authors with readers brings me immense joy and fulfillment.

Additionally, I am motivated by the opportunity to amplify underrepresented voices and contribute to a more inclusive literary landscape. By organizing writer symposiums and author expos, I aim to create spaces where diverse voices and perspectives can be heard and celebrated.

Overall, being a co-director of LitCon Inc. Nonprofit allows me to contribute to the literary community in meaningful ways. These events not only impact the literary landscape by nurturing talent and fostering connections but also inspire and empower writers to share their stories with the world.

Christina: Could you share some tips for aspiring authors, coaches, and consultants? 

Lena: Here are some concise tips for aspiring authors, coaches, and consultants:

  1. Embrace Your Creativity: Harness your unique creative voice and let it guide your writing, coaching, or consulting. Infuse your work with originality and fresh perspectives to stand out in your field.
  1. Read and Innovate: Read widely and research your industry to gather inspiration. Use your findings to innovate and bring new ideas and approaches to your writing, coaching, or consulting practice.
  1. Cultivate a Supportive Network: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who support and inspire your creative endeavors. Engage with peers, attend industry events, and collaborate to fuel your creativity.
  1. Seek Feedback and Learn: Embrace feedback as a tool for growth. Seek input from trusted sources to refine your creative work and continuously learn and improve.
  1. Establish a Creative Routine: Dedicate regular time to nurture your creativity. Establish a routine that allows for consistent practice and exploration of new ideas.
  1. Emphasize Personal and Professional Development: Commit to continuous learning to expand your creative skills and knowledge. Engage in courses, workshops, and self-study to stay at the forefront of your field.
  1. Build Your Creative Brand: Develop a strong online presence that showcases your creativity. Share your unique insights and content through a website, blog, or social media to build your creative brand.
  1. Embrace Resilience: Stay resilient in the face of challenges and setbacks. Use them as opportunities to learn, adapt, and grow creatively.
  1. Take Action: Put your creativity into action. Start writing, coaching, or consulting, and actively share your work with others. Taking consistent action will propel your creative journey forward.

Remember, creativity is a powerful force that sets you apart. Embrace it, nurture it, and let it shine through your work.

 

Connect with Lena:

Website: bluimpressionspublishing.com

Instagram: @bluimpressionsdesigns

Facebook: @bluimpressionsdesigns

 

Read more by Christina here. 

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