Note to Self: Take Risks

I haven’t posted one of these in a while, and this one is a great choice for this weekend, because I’m doing a lot of thinking about my goals for the coming year and how I want to stretch myself in many ways.

Taking risks in our creative life and in our artwork isn’t easy, but it’s important, I think.

I read this quote earlier today from Bob Goff, and it sums up this idea wonderfully:

Fear gives us the reasons not to try; love gives us the reasons not to listen.

Have you taken any creative risks lately? I’d love to hear about them.

Note to Self: Take Courage

I’m currently working through the YouVersion Fearless plan, and the last few days, the plan has focused on Matthew 14: 23-33.

I love that when the disciples cried out, Jesus immediately responded. He tells them to take courage, because He’s right there with them.

I want to be courageous in all things — courageous in my art, my writing, my creating. Courageous in love. Courageous in my pursuit of the life He has planned for me.

And I want to encourage others to do the same.

Take courage, my friends, and pursue the life He has for you. You have what it takes — and He’s right there with you.

Note to Self: Trust His Timing

This is a note to self I need fairly often. It’s a truth I try to carry in my heart, so I can call on it whenever I need it—especially when I start feeling restless. ;)

I hope your week has been splendid. I’m off to enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and listen to the rain.

Goodness, do I love the autumn.

Happy weekend to you!

Note to Self: Create Honestly & Joyfully

This Note to Self is the result of the reflecting I’ve been doing regarding creative authenticity and originality. After some wonderful encouragement/thoughts from a few creative friends (both online and off), this statement came to mind, and it sums up exactly how I want to approach my creativity.

I really believe that when we create something from our hearts—from a place of true honesty and joy—that creation is going to be a beautiful reflection of who we are and what makes us unique.

Note to Self: Rest

Are you remembering to rest? ;)

As a creative, it’s easy to be so filled with ideas and inspiration that it’s go, go, go all of the time.

But it’s good to be intentional about resting, too. So, with that said, I’m off to read the Word. I might be back a little later for just a few minutes to share a verse or two with you… But other than that, I’ll be RESTING. ;)

Note to Self: be YOU

You may remember this Note to Self I posted a few months ago. I think we could all use more of these little reminders, so I’m hoping to post them as frequently as I can.

Lately, I’ve been battling a bit with self-doubt, as I continue to discover and refine my style/voice as an artist and blogger. (I wrote a bit about that in my Rebranding post.)

I think that self-doubt can be a natural part of the learning and growing process that every creative faces, BUT even when we’re looking self-doubt right in the face, I think it’s good to stay grounded in who you are and have faith and confidence in being who you were created to be.

At this point, I’m not sure if these Note to Self posts will be daily, weekly, or just every so often, but I look forward to sharing what’s on my heart, in the hopes that you’ll find some encouragement in these little notes, too.

I hope your Monday’s been blessed.