LPP #19 Growing Ripe with Bathsheba Floyd

Bathsheba Floyd is the owner of Bathsheba’s Handiwork. Her titles include:

✔️Children’s book author & illustrator

✔️ Author of “Bathsheba’s Devotions”

✔️ Painter

✔️ Home Decor designer

✔️ Custom Doll Maker

✔️ Photographer

✔️  Greeting Card Line: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

✔️ Singer & Song-Writer


  • Struggling to find her sense of self-identity.She didn’t feel like she fit the role of the stereotypical “black artist “ and she didn’t feel accepted by the black art community. She struggled with finding her own sense of self identity, because she was trying to define herself based on what other people expected her to be.

  • The need to share express our creativity (love the analogy she uses)

  • Bathsheba talks about writing your vision down and making a plan and eventually it will speak for itself. she talks about how she doesn’t have to explain herself anymore, that her work speaks for her

  • We discuss challenging the societies message to “color in the lines” & to have a plan

  • Expectations to look & act a certain way

  • If you don’t deal with it it’s going to deal with you

  • The importance of looking inward and taking action to create the reality that we want to live in.

  • We discuss how transition is very uncomfortable and messy. We discuss one of the additional challenges we encounter when trying to implement a change in our lives.

  • Bathsheba goes on to share her thoughts and advice on parenting from her years of nannying experience and the impact our actions & behavior have on our children

  • Her advice on getting back in tune with your childlike sense of wonder, adventure, and exploration


Her path started to shift when she won an art contest the 11th grade. But she thought it was a fluke because she didn’t think that’s what she was supposed to be interested in. After high school she didn’t have any aspirations and didn’t know what she wanted to do. One day she was applying for a job at a store and the man told her he sensed she would be unhappy working there. He asked her what she enjoyed doing and she shared how much she loved children. He said “I want you to go down the the Greenville Tech and apply for the early childhood development class. So she did just that the very next day. She began connecting with children with her drawing. The parents began to notice her talent. So much so that one of the parents hosted an art show in her honor in their home.



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