I want to tell you a story. But first let me introduce Jessica Van Den from Epheriell Designs; she is running a blog hop called Creative Odyssey right now. You can also hop to my partner in crime today, City Kitten Designs, and you can check out the full blog hop list here. Now back to my story…
Once there was a girl who ate, slept and breathed volleyball. She had big dreams and goals. Her senior year, after signing on to play at a small university in Nebraska, she got inured. This wasn’t a small injury either; rather it was an injury that would take years to fully recover from. It seemed that maybe her dreams of college volleyball were over. And instead of resting and healing, she pushed on with all her might; often ignoring the signs her body sent her and the instructions given to her by her doctors. She thought with pure will-power, she could beat the injury and push on to accomplish her goals.
Two years in a row, she struggled with complication after complication never letting her body heal. Her leg soon atrophied. When her doctors didn’t clear her to play, she felt completely defeated. After working so hard to “heal” for two years, her spirit was crushed and she quit. That day she met with the coach, released her contract, cleaned out her locker, and walked back to her dorm feeling defeated.
Six months later, after she had stopped training on a daily basis and finally took time to rest, she noticed that her symptoms had started to subside. It seemed she no longer had complications. She slowly started training again, a little here and a little there, and noticed that she was still passionate about her previous dreams. After taking one year off, she tried out the following season. She was stronger, smarter, more agile, and she made the team again and for the first time in years, she started her first game at the university level.
Why am I telling you this story? Well, recently I have received an “injury” –not a physical injury, but rather some disappointing news that had temporarily defeated my spirits. When your heart is a part of your work, a part of what you do everyday, I believe rejection hurts a bit more than in day to day work.
I think the reality of being a creative entrepreneur is that at times you will face rejection, and during those times, it’s important to stop, and heal. Listen to your body, the signs around you, and don’t look at the setback as failure –find a new path to your destination.
And so this leads me into my creative goals for 2011:
- Break the habit of keeping my nose to the grindstone –rather look up, and take time for reflection and healing.
- Find a mentor, someone who knows the realities of running a creative business similar to mine.
- Celebrate and notice the little accomplishments along the way.
- Submit my quilts to get published in magazines.
- Continue to follow my dreams of getting a book published.
- Learn new embroidery techniques.
- Exhibit my work in at least two fine art shows this summer.
- Share my passions with other people by leading a quilt-a-long on my blog.
- Sketch more and start playing with the idea of fabric design.
- Continue to improve my photography skills.
- Continue to learn illustrator.
Today I turn 30; did I forget to mention that? However it is with confidence that I step into my 30’s, knowing that this will be my most creative years yet.
image credit: Niela Photography and Design