Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. - Joseph Campbell
How I love this quote. This past year I have been traveling down a new path, one that I had always dreamed of traveling but hesitated.
Because of fear. Of insecurity. Of a lack of trust in my self.
I don't know when the hesitancy crept in, middle school perhaps? Isn't that when insecurity usually rears its ugly head?
Anyway, it doesn't matter now, and the reasons why don't need to be rehashed because what is important is that I have found my way back to my creative self again.
I'm painting and collaging and taking class after class, absorbing every lesson, showing up in front of the canvas on a regular basis. Putting out my desires to the universe.
Seeing the universe respond. Receiving signs of affirmation that yes, this is the path I should be on.
Signs: I have sold my first original and a number of prints. A friend suggested I make notecards and those sold as well. It's exciting and a little scary, but I'm not letting the fear have a voice.
Doors opening: An acrylic artist I admire now offers lessons at his studio and I have signed up for the April session. A coffee shop down the road has aeprt exhibits and has said when I am ready that I should bring in my work. A new store in a nearby town sells art on consignment.
I'm going slowly, giving myself space to grow and explore, but oh, it is all so exciting and I am allowing myself to feel excited, an emotion I had become skilled at tamping down. No longer.
Soon, I will be redesigning this space so that I am able to share the work I am creating. My daughter describes it as creating a brand. We will see, I just see it as another step in turning my dream into a reality. I hope you come along for the ride.
Stating Nurturing Thursday on a springlike Friday morning with Becca.