Thursday, July 5

Be You

What this means to me: Do you ever feel like you know what you want to do, and if only ---[enter excuse]--- was different then you could do it? For example, I want to buy a DSLR camera and learn how to take amazing pictures and work photoshop. If only I knew which camera to buy, how much is reasonable to spend, how to get started learning the first thing about photography, and had a personal tutor in photoshop, then I could do it. I want to have amazing photographs, and if I did, I would totally be brave and post them all over the internet.

But... I have a hand-me-down digital point-and-shoot, and I don't own a photoshop program, and wouldn't know what to do with it if I did. I can be a slow learner when it comes to some things, so I am afraid that it will take too much time for me to learn these skills.

There it is: the fear. I am afraid of the time it will take. I am afraid that I won't be able to do it. I am afraid I will not be happy with the result once I do finally learn how to do it. Screw that! I want to learn this! I am not happy with my current camera and I want to try this. I may not be happy with the result but I certainly won't be happy if I never try. Photoshop might be too complicated and tech-y for me, but learning as much as I can about it will make it a little less complicated, and certainly won't hurt.

This is me, this is what I want to do, and I am going to be brave and do it!

What is something that you try to be brave about?

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Wednesday, July 4

A hobby to try: Paper Quilling

Do I love paper arts because I am a paper artist, or am I a paper artist because I love paper arts? Either way, I am absolutely in love with these paper quilling pieces, and I am determined to try quilling sometime. I always pass by that section in my craft store because I really don't need another hobby (or set of craft tools and supplies) but the more I look at these the more I am just in love with the possibilities!

 My favorite is the hand, followed closely by the wreath and the starry nights image. I also think the cross-section of the human head is pretty awesome. Which is your favorite?

**I apologize for not having all the correct links for these pieces. If you know the original sources, please let me know!

Tuesday, July 3

I can do this

What this means to me: Personally, I find the root of my self-doubt comes from the people around me who doubt me, or act as if they do. When I tell someone that I want to be a small business owner and they respond with "well that's a nice hobby, but what will you do for real?" I immediately think a little less of myself. Obviously if that person doesn't think I can do it, there must be some truth to that, right?

No. Wrong. I know in my heart that I can do this! How do I know? Because every day I see dozens of people who do stuff similar to what I want to do, and they do it successfully! I know it can be done! I have faith in my creativity, my motivation, and my abilities. I know I can do this.

But often I forget. I forget about those things, and its easy to think I'm not the type of person who can do this. So this week I am focusing my thinking on remembering who I am, and focusing on my positive qualities!

And if there is a quality that I don't have and I wish I did, then I focus on how I can cultivate that quality or make up for it in another way!

So who do you think you are?

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