Tuesday, June 1, 2010

An Exercise in Courage

As some of you may already know, I enrolled in Kelly Rae Robert's online class, Flying Lessons.  For a long time I've been half-assing my attempts of forging a creative life.  At the beginning of the year, I was super motivated and went as far as registering my business name with the Register of Deeds.  But as I got deeper into establishing an online creative business, I found myself frozen with fear.  Could I really do this?  What if I fail at this?  What if no one likes what I create?  And then I found Kelly's blog about her class...

It was a serendipitous moment.  I was searching for something, anything, that would help me get out of this rut.  I knew what I wanted to do, but I just didn't know how to get there.  The more research I did about starting a small business, the more I became unsure of the whole thing.  Creative businesses are unlike any other small businesses.  And asking someone who is right-brained to use her left-brain to sort out all the details of a business is like asking someone who is right-handed to write with her left hand.  Though not impossible, it is quite difficult.  In researching the how-to's of starting a creative business, I felt like the answers that I needed weren't answered yet or weren't geared toward someone like me.  But after finding Kelly's blog, I knew that I wasn't alone.

Her story is inspiring and could not be closer to my reality.  She had been ignoring the whispers in her heart all of her life, and it wasn't until she was 30 that she decided to listen.  What did the whispers tell her?  To follow her heart and become an artist.  No formal schooling, just a passion to do as she dreamed.

Kelly's class is one that addresses all of the dreams and fears I have been feeling lately.  And to top it off, I'm not the only one in the universe who feels this way.  Although the class just started on Sunday, I already feel like I'm making progress.  I have no one's time line to live up to but my own.

So here's to forging new paths and facing your fears head on!  Whoo hoo!



"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings."
- William Shakespeare


  1. Wow, this sounds inspiring. It seems like you've found just what you needed.

    I totally understand about the more you researched starting a small business the harder it seemed. I felt exactly the same way. In fact I wished I was one of those people who rush into things without knowing anything. I think there must be a certain amount of "ignorance is bliss" kind of things that allows you freedom from fear.

    But research is wise, it helps you avoid mistakes, be prepared and move to the next steps quicker.

    Best of luck!!!

  2. Thanks so much, Flossy-p! I admire you so.

    So far, the class has been so helpful. I have received TONS of information in the first week alone. I'm so glad Kelly is sharing her knowledge with me. It's been just what I needed.

  3. I am so glad that you posted this so that I could better understand what you are getting out of it- sounds wonderful!!! (and I love the new drawings)



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