This is a guest post from Khristian A. Howell.
I have a confession to make. I spent most of the summer engaged in an epic battle. I was confused. I was frustrated. I was impatient. I asked myself so many questions: Why aren’t you making new art? Why have you not reached out to your list of dream clients? Why aren’t you getting through your to do list at rapid, super-human speed? Clearly you can see the battlefield lied within myself, and I was a relentless warrior.
Want to know what the heck was going on with me? Yeah, so did I. Here’s the back story. My little business engine that could is growing. By growing I mean at the pace a toddler outgrows shoes. Things are developing at a clip that I finding shocking and amazing everyday. I started this business in the summer of 2008 (yep, right when the economy was tanking). I started really getting into the groove in spring of 2010, and things have been warp speed ahead ever since. I am grateful, amazed, proud, and more hungry than ever. New, exciting branches are sprouting off, and I can’t wait to get up and head to the studio everyday. So what the heck was my problem?
When you are type A, passionate, AND a perfectionist Virgo, sometimes some of your best traits become your biggest obstacles. One of the new pieces of the business I am exploring is huge for me and very exciting (details to come – tease!). However, I became paralyzed by my inner dialog greatest-hits such as these: “I can’t move forward until everything is perfect.” “What if people think I don’t know what I am doing?” “What if I am not good at it like I thought it would be?” Are any of these on your playlist?
I don’t believe at all in accidents. At the very end of the summer I attended an industry event with my husband on a whim. I met a wonderful woman and we started chatting about what I do, and some of my goals. I met the right person, at the right time, who had just the right message for me. Let’s be honest, she called you-know-what on all the road block questions I had created for myself. Can you believe I was actually trying to justify these silly thoughts to a stranger? As I was saying them aloud to her they started sounding really, well, dumb for lack of a better word. I left that night feeling energized and excited about the power I had to manifest my dreams.
That night I let go of all of those useless questions and exchanged them all for just one: Why not you?
Think about your goals, and ask yourself, “Why not you?” All those people who you love and admire in your chosen field are just people just like you. WHY NOT YOU? My bet is you can’t come up with a good answer.
Go forth, friends, and create, dream, and manifest.
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Khristian A. Howell is a color and pattern expert, bringing her design collections to a range of licensed products including fabrics, stationery, wallcoverings, and more. Experience as an in-house artist with Nordstrom Product Group has given her a keen understanding of product development. Her passion for travel, balance, and color comes through in every project she touches. Khristian has been lucky to work with amazing and varied clients including Better Homes and Gardens, Tiny Prints, Andrews McMeel Publishing, HGTV.com, and more. Find out more about Khristian on her fab website or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.