What do you do when you don’t know if you can … but feel you must?
How do you cope with self-doubt?
How do you push past feeling self-serving to feeling self-deserving?
I’ve been wrestling with these questions all summer long. Delighted with more time and opportunity, I’ve been able to nourish my creative soul more often. I savor each and every moment spent with my keyboard and camera.
But is that enough?
I’m not sure.
Is the creative act itself enough to satisfy, or is it in the sharing of the end result?
Do I dare? Will anyone care?
What role does audience play in any creation? In any creative’s growth?
I’m tiptoeing along this path, thanks in no small part to the encouragement of special friends and a husband who supports my every breath and dream.
And there’s a few other acquaintances whose inspiration and pep talks I keep within arm’s reach — maybe they’ll be of use to you if you’re in the midst of your own creative identity crisis:
Elise Blaha Cripe: fearless creator of Get to Work Book and so much more! Find big bunches of motivation by following her @elisejoy on Instagram or her website here. Her Get to Work Book is a no-nonsense, plain-and-simple, get-it-down and you’ll get-it-done planner I’ve found to be oh-so-helpful. Elise experiments, explores, tries, fails, and tries again — a fun loving and living example of growth mindset. I find her incredibly inspiring.
Elle Luna: artist, co-leader of #The100DayProject, and creative author of The Crossroads of Should and Must.
Elizabeth Gilbert: author of Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear
Brene Brown: author of Daring Greatly
and finally, the classic Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.
How can I possibly live past the hypocrisy of encouraging my children, my students, and family and friends to follow their dreams … if I’m not willing to walk the talk and follow my own?
Dream on, friends.