Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My leap of faith

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Yesterday was such a wonderful, fun-filled day and I felt sooo loved on my birthday.  Yep, I'm officially 30!!  I told John that if yesterday was any indication of how the next 30 years will be, I can't wait :)  I'll be back later this week with a recap, but as for now...

...I thought I'd share my little leap of faith with ya.  Like I said a while ago in this post, I did something brave (for me) about a month ago.  I applied to be in a craft show here in Seattle...something I've always wanted to do!  It has been a difficult thing for me...to put myself out there and not worry about what others will think of my art and crafts.  Of COURSE I know that it won't be everyone's style, but I'm a sensitive soul and take rejection to heart...still working on that :)

A week later, I had a response from the art festival committee in my email box saying that I was accepted!!  I am so thrilled/a bit nervous/giddy!

Do any of you live in Seattle?  I'll be an artist in the Wedgwood Art Festival on July 9th and 10th and I would love for you to stop by.  As July approaches, I'll be posting more and more details.  This also means that my Etsy shop will be updated and ready to go closer to that time frame with many of the products I'll be selling at the art festival.  Right now it's work, balancing life with work, playing a little, and more work :)  I do my best to try and only work in the evenings, during Michael's naps, or when he's busy playing by himself and doesn't wish to be interrupted :)  A few hours here and there...so much to get done and I'm looking forward to the creative process!

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Do any of you have this same fear?  This fear of failing or being rejected or putting yourself out there?  I was talking to John about it on our car ride home this weekend, trying to figure out this quirk of mine, and he brought up the fact that I'm putting so much of my heart into my work which makes it a very personal thing for me.  And it can be hard to not take rejection personally.  He also made the point that if I never put myself out there and share what I love to do, it's a GIVEN that no one will ever have the chance to enjoy my art too.  He said just what I needed to hear.  Those words are carrying me!


So I've decided to go for it!  That's what this life is about...learning, growing, failing, trying again, and working hard for something you love and are passionate about until you succeed.  And sometimes (maybe more often than not) our success comes through our failures...there's a lot to be said about failing and getting up to try again!!


This post may not hold much weight for some of you and that's fine.  But if it speaks to you, I encourage you to take a creative leap of faith...maybe it's as simple as making a gift for someone or trying your hand at a new craft like crocheting or watercolor painting.  It might not have anything to do with art at all!!  You might end up hating it, but even better, you might end up loving it and feeling so fulfilled.  We all have talents and perhaps some of them are still dormant because we first need to believe in ourselves.  These are my rainy Tuesday morning thoughts :)  Take 'em or leave 'em...whatever suits you!  Hope your week is off to a great start!


6 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so Happy for YOU!!!!
    You will do great!
    Sending you many hugs of encouragements. Have a blast :-)

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  2. I seriously can't wait to attend and see more of your beautiful stuff. Congrats again, Em!! You have a real talent. I'm so glad you're putting yourself out there. I know how hard it is sometimes. I felt that way with my photography at first. It's always hard to take the leap of faith and have others watching, but I really do think God's given us talents to SHARE and beautify the world and benefit others with. Otherwise, what a waste of the blessings he's given us! I'm glad you're going to be sharing your awesome stuff with us all:) It's a lot of work it seems, but the fulfillment and satisfaction you'll get from it will pay of. for SURE. good luck!

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  3. That is great that you are taking that step! Way to go!
    I am totally with you on the nervousness about putting yourself out there, I struggle with it too.
    Your taking that step and going for it inspires me to try and make those steps myself!
    I wish I could be there to see it all!

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  4. Congrats Emily! This is exciting news! What a wonderful way to get your work exposed. I will stop by for sure. You are going to do an amazing job!

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  5. Thanks for all your support!! It really means SO much to me :)

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  6. Em, I'm so proud of you for putting yourself out there. I finally submitted my poem to the Ensign magazine. Thanks for the encouragement. Leap of faith....

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