I originally published this post on my Facebook page. After quite a few sweet comments and text messages, I simply had to share it with my blog fam too. I hope this encourages you to continue walking out your calling and pursuing your dreams!
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GOT is officially over, but 2019 is far from it! It's not too late to crush the goals you made at the beginning of the year. We've got 7 months/213 days/5,112 hours/306,720 minutes left to do some amazing things this year!
If you're anything like me, and have felt completely discouraged by the list of things you didn't do so far in 2019, remember that it's not too late to adopt a fresh perspective and begin again. Let's begin again!
I read this quote in my morning devotional...
"God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.”
Let's sit in that together for a little bit...GOD. In all of His love, and glory, and wisdom, and AWESOME POWER can do NOTHING, zilch, zero for us unless we humble ourselves, and recognize that we literally can't do it all on our own.
Maybe the reason why we feel overwhelmed with carrying all of these God dreams we treasure so dearly is because we are attempting to carry the full-weight of things we were never meant to. It's at my whits end, in my exhausted state, when I feel like I'm failing and everything is slipping from my grasp that I cry out to God, and He is faithful to meet me every. single. time.
With all the love,
When I sit down to write, the strangest thing happens…
I become absolutely paralyzed with ideas.
Yeah, I know. It sounds crazy, but it’s true! It’s honestly like clockwork.
More often than not, when I sit down to write a blog post or an article, my brain is suddenly overtaken by a small army of ideas and angles to use when approaching the piece.
Don’t get me wrong - ideas are great, but too many ideas can be outright debilitating.
Truth be told, I thought writer’s block was supposed to be the opposite.
I thought a writer’s greatest challenge was coming up with ideas for content, but that’s just not the case for me. For me, the real challenge comes when faced with the blank page.
I don’t know which art you chose to pursue creating, but if you’re anything like me and have a hard time figuring out where to start - I’m here to share a few encouraging things with you:
From head, to heart, to hands, to you.
That’s my creative process. What’s yours?
With all the love,
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What if I told you that I write everyday. You probably wouldn’t believe me. You’d look at the date of my last blog post, and then the date of the one before that, and notice a trend that would only prove your point.
Inconsistency in sharing my art has always been something I’ve struggled with.
I am a blogger and a self-published author, and for the life of me I can’t pick up a book and guarantee that I’ll finish it. I can’t begin writing a blog post and know that I’ll complete it every single time. I can’t even drink a cup of coffee in the morning and expect to see the bottom of the mug before I'm ready to refill it! There always seems to be some small thing left unfinished, a few sentences left unwritten, a few pages left unread.
Now that I think about it, inconsistency in sharing my art is probably the one thing I’ve been consistent with...now ain’t that funny?!
My desire to hone my craft is real. The space in my heart to create beautiful things that encourage others is real. The love and encouragement I get from my family, friends and community is REAL!
But you know what else is real? The number of projects I’ve got on my list that haven’t been completed yet, and the negative self-talk that plays all day and doesn't skip a beat.
I know you’re probably waiting for the transition sentence that comes just before someone shares with you the secrets to overcoming this specific issue. Welp, if that’s the case you may want to stop reading now because I, sadly, don’t have the answer.
But what I DO have is something important that I’m recognizing about myself, a heart to be vulnerable and share my mess with you all, and a space in my heart that is open to receiving any/all advice for artists like me who want to overcome the fear of consistently showing my work.
Here are some of my rough thoughts on this, and I'd love to hear yours:
Well, that’s all folks!
With all the love,