Stephen Rapp, a friend and one of my favorite lettering artists and font designers
compiled the list of questions.
Answering them, really gave me the chance to look back and see how far I’ve come.
It proves the point that if you want something bad enough and you work hard, you can achieve it.
No matter your skill level or age.
Whether you know a lot about the subject or just know it’s something you want to learn more about,
it’s all about taking baby steps toward your goal.
And enjoying the process along the way.
Cause if you’re not, what’s the point?
I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have encouraged me along the way and continue to do so.
So, in this post, I’m passing some of that along to you.
My husband has been one of my biggest supporters and encouragers.
( The pic above is Michael and I at a dinner in Rome with our Italian friends.)
I’ve run into some people lately that have reminded me how much people need to be encouraged to go after what they want.
One time that stands out was a connection with a woman in Austin.
My husband and I spent our anniversary in Austin this year.
He went golfing and I headed to the spa with a friend.
When the woman giving me my massage found out that I was an artist,
she told me about her desire to do embroidery.
It was a hobby. But now she was thinking of designing embroidery patterns.
She didn’t know how to get started.
I thought of a million ways: take a class, get an instruction book, see if there’s an embroidery club to join, etc…
I mentioned those to her. But further along in the conversation,
I realized that kind of practical advice was not what she really needed.
She was a little older than me and her age made her think it was too late to start a new venture.
She needed encouragement.
I was happy to provide it.
So I gave her the same advice a dear friend gave me a long time ago.
Quit thinking about it and just start.
Just last week I had a phone conversation with a long time friend.
She and I were a great support to each other when our children were young.
We had both given up our art careers to raise our children.
We took turns watching each other’s kids so the other could get something done.
What’s not to love?!
She’s now in Pennsylvania and our kids have grown and flown the coop.
But she shared with me that she’s creating a space in her home to pursue her artistic talents.
I was so thrilled to hear this. And I can’t wait to see what she creates!
To all of you out there who have a passion to do something I have one question:
If not now, when?
No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can take baby steps towards your dream.
That’s how mine started. And now I’m pinching myself every day.
So if you need some encouragement from someone who’s been where you are,
here it is.
Just do it. Start right where you are. No matter how small. Begin now.
Have a Change Making Thursday:)
Thanks again to Stephen and Jordan!
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