After the Creative Process
10 years ago I took a chance on a most unlikely venture.
Painting and blogging.
As it turns out (800 posts and 4 online painting courses later) apparently beginnings do have magic.
My two cents worth on getting started?
Begin from where you are at this very moment— doing what you can with what you have.
If I had waited until I was really computer savvy, confident of my paintings and writings, if I’d waited until everything was perfect and in place–I would still be waiting.
10 years in I am still not tech savvy.
I have never done a perfect painting.
My writing from the heart scares me sometimes because of the vulnerability factor.
But here’s the thing—the next year (or two years or 10 years) is going to come and go anyway (if we are blessed to have those turns around the sun).
So what do we have to lose if we throw our heart and our hats into the ring? What if we start now, where we are, with what we have?
Maybe, just maybe, we will look back and realize we’ve had some fun, grown some good stuff and were never, ever bored 😉
I never knew when I decided to gather my courage and go online where it would lead. The pic shared here is me in the south of France, Provence. I was there filming one of my online painting and adventure courses.
I’ve just completed a new one filmed in Paris.
I honestly didn’t have a clue that any of this lie ahead when I began on February 27, 2009.
I’m proof positive that beginning from wherever you are and doing what you can with whatever you have—works.
Whatever dreams you have, whatever hopes you’ve been carrying around inside, I hope this inspires you to BEGIN 🙂
P.S. I feel like I am beginning again, 10 years in. I am taking this time to slow down and get in touch with where my heart feels like it wants to go next. This is an ongoing process for each of us and one that is filled with wonder to simply ask—what brings us joy?
(I should note that the 10th anniversary is one of me being online. Not of me painting and making messes—that goes back much further. That’s the thing about ‘beginnings’—they can happen at anytime we decide.)
P.S.S. I love to celebrate with the Dreamettes (that’s you!). I’m giving away a fun collection of some of my shop goodies to celebrate my 10th anniversary of being online. Get your name in the hat for the chance to bag some goodies—see below!