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Hello there, My name is Kymberly Akouris and I am Brian and Kathy's daughter (and Lynne's niece). I have recently joined the family business and am having the time of my life learning about and making miniatures with my family. By day, I am a PhD student working on my dissertation, I also have a coaching and consulting business. Miniatures have become a passion there just seems to be time for in-between things and I love the diversity of craft and people. In fact, coaching artisans has become a hobby of mine. Artists are a rare breed that need to follow their passions, they are not always creative on cue. This can be frustrating. Especially when you are counting on your craft for income. But there are practices that you can do, like sometimes to stay in the rhythm of creativity you have to break that rhythm and do something mundane or mathematical, like balance your checkbook or do another action item that completely focuses you elsewhere and uses another part of your brain, say clean the house for an hour, fold laundry or do some gardening. There is also something called the Pomodoro Method. This has proven really helpful in setting work periods up that are productive and fun. All work and no play, makes Jane a dull girl you know! Well, stay tuned for more...