4/18/2016: Extraordinary

A reminder to never doubt that what you have to say MATTERS. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.

Today I was getting ready for a workshop I’ll be doing on Wednesday (check the link in my profile to grab your spot!) and the topic was about how to stand out in a “sea of sameness” as a creative biz owner. I wanted to touch on this topic specifically because it’s something that still crosses my mind a lot — when you see a deluge of similar blog post image tiles on Pinterest or the familiar Facebook ads promising “FREE WEBINARS ON HOW I MADE MILLIONS.” That fear-induced question of: Why bother? Is it possible to break through when there are SO many squirrels after the same nut?

Some people encounter this at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey, and sometimes it prevents them from ever creating anything at all. For me it was the opposite. I started out blissfully unaware of just how many people were trying to do what I wanted to do, and it was because I felt this fire bubbling up inside that was compelling me to create. I felt like I had something to say and I might explode if I didn’t make something with that inspiration. In those early days, I had this deep belief that I wasn’t just a drop in a bucket; I was ME and I had a voice that I intended to use.

After a few years of being in it, the naiveté wore off and the *Why bother* question started to whisper in my ear. Never enough to make me want to give it up, of course, but if you're reading this you know what I mean. It's that quiet voice of doubt that catches you off guard.

Working on my presentation today brought me back to those early days of wide-eyed belief in myself. And if I could do ANYTHING with this post today, it would be to try and transfer some of that belief to you.

*Never forget that you are something extraordinary.* Never doubt that what you have to say MATTERS. That your perspective matters. That your voice matters.

There's nobody like you and the more you embrace your uniqueness, the more true you are to that DNA nobody else in the WORLD has, the more your extraordinary-ness will be seen by others too. But it all has to start with a belief in yourself!