many times in our lives we are forced into or decide to start new
paths. It is one of the scariest things we do. When we decide to make a
change or try a new thing it can be overwhelming and I think one of
those reasons is that we tend to be self-doubting. We look for
reassurance from friends and family but the most challanging part of it
is our own lack of confidence and the “what if’s” that tend to clog our
minds. Sometimes we need the push to do it and other times the
motivation just takes on a life of it’s own.
As artists we need to hear from others that we are on the right path.
happened to me recently and I thought you may like to hear how a new
path has opened for me. Just like many of you I submitted pictures and
pattern ideas only to hear “It is beautiful but…..” with reasons like
it is not what they are looking for, they do not have enough room, it
doesn’t fit with their scheme. I was taking all of them very
personally. Friends say “submit somewhere else” or try again with
something different but in the back of my mind there is always that
“well they just don’t like you”. Let me tell you something. Until you
hit that moment of realization that these people do not know you
personally so it can’t possibly be personal, you may be caught in the
same rut. A couple months ago I hit that moment and took the leap. I
submitted a design and it was accepted! OMG now what? Time to put my
money where my mouth is right? I had written on tutorial already and
put that in my shop with limited success.
is the next hurdle I had to jump. My first thought was “who am I to
think I can make a magazine worthy tutorial?” Well that is the next
thing you need to get out of your head. You designed the piece and they
like it. You CAN do this!!!
can not share this piece with you but I can tell you that once I
overcame this group of hurdles it was such a relief that I decided to
sit down and design another piece and put it in my shop.
am sure I will still have to keep fighting the initial self defeating
thoughts but I now am perfectly aware that I can follow through with
this new path and find myself wondering what the next hurdles are.
Do you have hurdles to overcome to start something new?