I'm really good at starting things. My mind never stops thinking up new things to try or learn. It's getting it all finished that's the challenge. Because while I'm in the middle of working on one project, I'm thinking up three more ways to use it or change it into something else. Of course that doesn't seem to happen when I'm doing things like laundry or making dinner. It happens when I'm painting or drawing or wandering in the woods with my camera. When I'm doing those kinds of activities, I'm lucky if I remember to eat at all! Those are the things that fill me with energy and spark my creativity. They're also things that don't require me to think in an organized way. I can just let my mind, my hands, and my feet wander. Writing a blog is something else.
Writing means sitting still. Writing means having something purposeful to say. Writing a blog means sharing personal stuff with people I've never actually met, and worrying that no one will read it anyway. It could all just be a waste of time and I could've been in the studio with my hands in wet paint. I could be walking in the woods looking for owls or working on the sketches for my next children's book. I could continue to hide. But something tells me it's time to begin again. Something tells me there might be other beginners out there who need a nudge, a map, a friend.
So here I am, at the beginning once again. I've written blog posts before, but that was in a past life. Everything feels new again. I feel ready to start this new project. I have things to share with you! I have tips and tricks and lessons to teach. They say, "Just be yourself!" "Be authentic!" Well if being terrified is being authentic, then here I am! (Wearing an old gray t-shirt, with paint in my hair.)
This will take some practice. Probably a lot of practice. But I've got a few ideas! And there is no deadline. Every day we get to wake up and begin again. I think I'm ready. But I'll need some company for this journey. I'll need an occasional nudge to keep going. I'll need some friends to let me know if what I'm sharing is helpful or inspiring or trash. I don't have a map but I've been here many times before. I hope you'll come along!
Till next time...
Hello and welcome!