Wednesday, June 22, 2016
A Confession, and Learning to Take My Own Advice
There is a painting that my mom said I should do, based on a photograph of my girls that was taken back at my parents' house when the girls were much younger.
I started it quite a while ago, and it sits, only partially finished, tucked on a stack of blank canvases behind the door in the room where my painting supplies sit. I would like to pull it out and finish it.
The truth is, I'm afraid. There I said it.
I like the way it looks, and the way it is (was) progressing. I know it isn't finished yet, but I'm afraid of messing it up, which in my head sounds something like "irreparable damage." Dramatic, no?
So even though I talk a good talk encouraging others to try to overcome their fear in creating, my self talk isn't quite as strong, or as confident. I do have moments where I can step up and jump in and keep moving, but there are also times where I pause just long enough for the fear to creep in and throw down those nails that deflate any confidence I had.
I need to take one step at a time to keep moving forward. Practice makes perfect, or at least practice makes better, right?
So I am putting it out there: I will continue working to finish this piece. I will post my progress on Instagram @plainhollyjane and Facebook: www.facebook.com/HollyJaneCreative if you want to check in and help keep me accountable! :)
And if it doesn't turn out the way I like, then I can try again, and again, and ...you get the idea.
So here is to taking my own advice!
Do you have advice for overcoming fear of creating, or continuing a project?