Thursday, May 22, 2014

Creativity Takes Courage


I'm taking a blogging break right now, but I thought I'd leave you with a little quote from Henri Matisse.

I used to be sooooooooo afraid to share creative things.  I don't think I've ever been afraid to create things on my own, it's the sharing it that can be scary.  I was afraid to start a blog and almost terrified to open an Etsy shop.  What if I failed and no one liked my stuff?  

I remember one time writing down a list of 100 things I wanted to do before I died (guess that's called a bucket list now, but this was before that phrase came into being).  One thing on my list was to sell one of my paintings.  Crazy to remember that I was so scared to share my art that it was my goal to sell just one!
I have since faced my fears, sold many paintings, and my little blog here just turned 4!  Not everything I have done has been a success and I started out really slow, but it's been an incredible journey.  Finding out that I'm actually alright and that there are people out there that like my work.  Finding out that I can do scary things and after a while, they turn out to not be so scary anymore.  

So what's your story? How have you overcome your creative fears?  

6 comments:

  1. I understand what you mean about being scared to share your creative self. I've been very afraid of what people would think of me if they found out I wrote and that they wouldn't like my writing. I just started a blog where I share a story I'm writing, and I've finally managed to get myself to show some of my friends and family. I hope I'll get more and more courage as I start down this road. Thanks for the post! It's nice to know that other people felt the same way and got through it!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Nancy. I think you will get more courage as you go. For me it was a gradual thing.

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  2. I'm so glad you faced your fears of this and started your blog and etsy shop! I know it's been a great outlet for you and I love seeing the beautiful things you create.

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  3. I just found you by accident, but I focused immediately on this post. It's about what I'm feeling right now, after more than 3 years of my blog! I hope you come back very soon to tell us how it's going, why I've decided to follow your blog, so maybe I'm able to clarify the ideas too! Good Luck!

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    1. I'm glad you found me Clara and I'm glad you can relate :) Thanks for your comments!

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  4. you are such an inspiration. Im still working on sharing my stuff, scares me so much x

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