today is week 3 in 52 weeks of blogging your passion. the prompt this week asks us to describe an obstacle we have faced as an artist and how we overcame that obstacle.
right now i feel like my business is nothing but continually overcoming obstacles. there are so many, i don’t know where to start. i could share about how i hate shipping and get stressed out every time i have to ship something. lol! i could tell you about how my art was taking over my dining room table until i finally carved a space for my studio in a little corner of my dining room. maybe i could share with you about how i struggled to come up with a detailed description of my ideal customer. starting a creative business is nothing but obstacles, and you can either get discouraged and give up, or you can face them head on and figure out a way around them.
so after considering all of my options, i decided that i would talk to you about the obstacle of impatience. impatience is a funny thing. it makes you leap before you are ready. it makes you want your business 5 steps ahead of where it is right now. and it sets you up for falling flat on your butt. this week i gave myself permission to be ok with where i am at right now! right now i am on a learning curve. my shop doesn’t have to be perfect. it’s ok to just stop and breathe. in fact, it is more important for me to define myself as an artist. and it’s ok that i don’t have that all figured out… because this is a journey, it’s my creative journey. as a bonafied perfectionist, trust me this is not an easy thing to do.
on any given day, i have about one hundred plus things going through my head on what to do next and how to promote my business. i find myself dreaming and thinking and scheming about what i want to do. it never stops. and i love it. i love having a dream and a purpose again. but it can get overwhelming at times. what do i do next and where do i go from here? i am inspired all the time. so i have decided to pull out my journal. every time i have one of those thoughts, i try to jot it down. this way i won’t lose my ideas. and this has helped me tremendously. i feel like i am slowing mapping out a plan for my business. and it is a good thing for me to really stop and brainstorm before i rush in.
so i am overcoming my impatience with stopping to breathe… and defining myself as an artist… and setting goals for my business… and really thinking through how i am going to accomplish these goals. it feels good. i might have to remind myself on a daily basis to be happy where i am right now, but i am excited about where my business in going. i can’t see it yet in the natural, but i know there are amazing things right around the corner. and it is ok for me to be in the place i am right now. it’s ok.
how have you dealt with impatience?