ceramic houses by the little red door
not so long ago, i broached the subject embracing abundance and forgetting the scarcity mindset. over the last few weeks, i’ve been so moved by your stories of door kicking, abundance, and thriving! so many of you have shared such personal insights. thank you!
which gave me an idea, i would love for you to share your own personal “kick the damn door down” story – through words, images, audio, or video. i’ll compile them into a free digital zine to inspire other creative people to break down barriers in their own life.
to get you started, here are a few that have touched me:
I used to go back and forth – sometimes feeling less that I’m “just” a creative type, and sometimes being proud that I have talents or imagination that the average person might not. In any case, the starving artist scenario does not set well with me. I simply won’t believe it.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t until my kids started getting older and showing genuine amazement at the things I would create, that I began to feel a real sense of value in myself and what I did. It gave me confidence that the people I cared about the most appreciated my creative self. I started thinking differently after that. They are still my biggest source of encouragement. Even their friends write me from college, saying they miss my creative, artsy house Our talents are part of who we are, and we should never undervalue ourselves or the things we can do.
— Meg, Wild Child
I’m a teacher during the day and I always encourage my kids to speak positively about themselves and their passions. I teach middle school and so sometimes this is a challenge. It’s funny though, and I’ve never thought about this, but I often don’t practice what I teach. Teachers are horrible students! I love sewing and creating art and yet I always talk down on my ambitions and work. Maybe starting today I’ll change and be an example for my students.
— Angel Flicker, The Artist’s House
I definitely believe in living *now* and loving every minute of it, but everyone needs a reminder.
My biggest life change came when I decided to dispense with guilt. It takes a lot of practice, but having no use for that emotion has caused me to make good decisions about my life’s direction based on what is good for me and my family, and not what I “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
I hadn’t thought to take this “embracing abundance” approach to my work, btu it makes so much sense. Thank you for your inspiring words and deeds!
— Karen, One Girl Circus
so, go back to your own blog or studio or email and tell your story. when did you decide you’d stop letting others hold you back? when did you choose to thrive instead of survive? when did you kick the door down? or, if you haven’t yet made that decision, what will your life look like when you do?
leave your link in the mr. linky below so that i know where to find your story. the zine will link back to your site so readers no where to find you too! i can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with!
Deadline to share your story is Friday, April 23!