I've had these wonderful earrings for sometime now, given to me by the sister of the creator of these earrings. Of course, you can find the creator at Etsy now, but at the time I received these lovely earrings, Etsy didn't even exist...sadly, these particular earrings no longer exist for purchase.
"growing bolder and braver" brass earrings with word art by Zoey March
I have been wearing them off and on these past few months as I have worked toward the launch of my own Etsy shop and I love wearing them. They are such a great reminder to BE bold and brave! And they remind of how bold and brave I already am...sometimes I forget!
I've been reading at the class website for Kelly Rae Roberts class Flying Lessons and there is much to absorb! This week is all about facing fears and I've been moved to respond to fellow classmates who find themselves surrounded by family who can not see that making is art is not just a 'hobby' but a way of Life for many of us...
My own mother has always encouraged my creativity but always with the caveat to "have something to fall back on". She does not see that it IS possible to make a living at one's own art, let alone making a living at anything you love doing. I understand that is really her own FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real*) talking and sadly, she is not the only woman in my life who has doubted the possibility of making your own living doing what brings joy to your heart, which in turn brings joy to others, as I have discovered.
I'm not sure how I've managed to gather the courage to begin acting on my dreams, but I'd wager that surrounding myself with like-minded folks who CHOOSE to ENCOURAGE me probably has something to do with it! It may not always be easy, but sometimes you have to distance yourself from nay-saysers when you are attempting to accomplish a dream that others may not believe in and sometimes that may even mean distancing yourself from family. I've had to do this for many years now and though it is not always easy, I know if I didn't do it, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I am today in my creative life. And when I found this interesting article on managing creative types in the corporate world, I really appreciated the message of "Keep the seed in the ground". Please give it a read - I think you'll like it even if it IS aimed at the corporate world ;)
Are you feeling bolder and braver this week? Do you have a fabulous support team and if so, who is on that team? I'd love to hear about the cheerleaders on your team!
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Meanwhile, back at the office...
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but there was NO INTERNET service this morning at the office when I arrived after a lovely long holiday weekend. So much for catching up on blog reading! ;)
* - this little acronym gem was found at the site of Jared Matthew Kessler, who I met at the Art of Non-Conformity meet-up in Los Angeles last year; I'm not able to access his site at the office most days, but I like his message at his blog and he now has a free e-book to offer. I've already downloaded my copy and can't wait to read it during my lunch break tomorrow!
** - of course, my dear boyfriend is certainly on my support team, and what a wonderful support he has been =-)