You know what? I'm so over it!
Okay, let me back up....I should probably explain what "it" is. IT is all my self-doubt, lack of confidence, and general dislike of myself. Yes, I am a sufferer.
When I started this blog way back when, I did so passively. I was just another random maker of things. I didn't share my name or tell anyone in my real life that I had a blog. It was quite freeing. I was able to say what I wanted, do what I wanted, and no one knew who I was! Woo-hoo!!
And then I got an invitation to contribute to a book. Huh? Me? I was over the moon! But then I had to share my name and people in my real life learned about my little secret. Hmmm, what a conundrum. I continued on as usual, pretending that it didn't really matter.
More book contributions came and I started making & selling my patterns. Wow, I really liked it! I actually entertained the idea that I may be able to make a living doing what I loved, living a more fulfilling meaningful life. How awesome would that be?
Over time as more and more people started reading what I put out there, I became more self aware. I began editing my happy place and listening to the little voice inside which was saying things like "what makes you think you're so special?", "anybody could do what you're doing", "your bags aren't good enough", "your patterns aren't good enough", "you don't know what the hell you're doing", "you're a big faker!". As much as I tried to ignore it, that voice got louder and louder. Despite my success and praise, that little voice was the only thing I heard. Worst of all, I started to believe it. So much so that I contemplated ending the blog all together. I was actually embarrassed about my blog instead of proud of my accomplishments.
Yes, it's true. This has been a struggle of mine for some time now. Well friends, I'm here to say that I'm ready to conquer IT. Damn IT!! I don't know what's changed inside of me other than being sick and tired of not embracing who I am and what I love to do. I know that I've come to this conclusion before, but this time I'm vowing to remember it, to remind myself every single day, to write it on my forehead if I have to!
No more self-editing (within reason, of course). No more fears of failure, rejection, or whatever - the truth is that I will fail, and I will be rejected, but that's okay! It's not usually obvious at the time, but those experiences are quite valuable, aren't they? And when I have to pick myself up and dust myself off, what's the worst thing that can happen? My family will still love me. My friends will still love me. What else is important?
I'm not perfect and never will be...not even close!! I am who I am, and me is all I can be. So there you have it - I'm declaring to be ME.
**none of these photos have anything to do with this post, I was just playing with my camera in the yard this afternoon, enjoying the glorious sunshine!