Do you feel scared when you start something new? Does the learning process feel foreign? Logically we know this awkward feeling is normal, but that doesn’t dismiss our insecurity or fear. So how do we move forward in the face of the unknown, the unfamiliar, the scary, the new?
Step, step, step.
Wobble a bit more.
Step, fall, step.
Learn from fall.
Focus on progress, not setbacks.
Develop a comfortable stride.
Gain confidence by practicing steps.
Follow leaders who already fly.
Watch them carefully.
Stand still and stretch out wings.
Jog a bit and try a leap.
Get back up.
Start walking again.
Try another leap.
Step, jog, then leap, flap wings and try to fly.
Fly a few feet, fall.
Dust self off and try again.
Step, then jog, then leap, flap and fly a little farther.
Eventually learn to fly higher and longer.
Learn to soar.
Praise God all along the way.
Explore life from a higher perspective.
And be sure to notice new birds.
Teach them how to move past their wobbly first steps.
Celebrate their small successes.
Show them the joy of first flights.
So if you are starting something new, remember those first steps are awkward and wobbly, but they lead to our first flights. So, step, friend, step.. It’s all worth it.
(The reason I wrote this is because I’m in the process of launching a new website for creatives, a life coaching business, along with a website I plan to populate with ALL things creative. This whole start up process feels wobbly for me. I’m nervous, cautious and yet super excited. But I know this is God’s next step for me. I have energy and passion. Plus it’s time to start something new. I’m bored and I want to help others who are just like me.
Creativity is one of my deepest values. I see life through a creative lens, always have, always will. I can’t imagine my life without my camera, creative words, thrift store finds to repaint or repurpose, or the joys of making my home colorful and cozy.
My new website will contain blog posts, videos and free resources like:
* ideas to help you overcome creative blocks
* questions to help you uncover your values
* simple ways to stop living so stressed out and start creating more
* tips to deal with the onslaught of daily obstacles like no time, no money, fear and doubt
* ideas to rekindle your sense of wonder
* vlogs from me
* a peek into my play room
* inspirational videos I find online that I believe are worth sharing
* quotes that motivate you
* interviews from other creatives
* links to my favorite creativity books and resources
When I look at who God made me to be, I see I’m gifted in helping creatives and I know all about being stuck. I see how God uses me to helps fellow artist friends get excited again. I love them like crazy. I get them. I naturally encourage and motivate creative types, whether you speak, sing, dance, paint, draw, write, take pictures, make jewelry or homemade juices, or just like to create fun rooms for your kids. So many creative ideas, so little time, right? It’s in my blood to stir up someone who has a creative dream. And for the record, there is no age limit for someone to start creating either. I love to listen and discover the most alive part of a creative soul and bring that person outside their comfort zone. I feel most alive when I can participate in other creative people’s dreams and passions. I love watching oh so talented (often insecure)hearts grow in the gifts and talents to change the world.
And as a certified life coach, I’ve loved the coaching I’ve done so far. I often tear up during a phone session because I sense an aha moment. I also love how my training helps me challenge my closest friends (only if they want a challenge).
Please pray for me as I take more wobbly first steps. Let me know if you’re a creative by leaving a comment. Please tell me more about YOU. What do you love to do? Email me. Thank you!!