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Friday Photoshare – Courage

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I shared this one on Instagram yesterday, but I know plenty of people aren’t on the platform and I like posting pictures here, too.

As you probably notice if you saw this one already, it is titled “Courage.” It takes courage to share creative work with the world, and it’s so easy to guess yourself and get swamped by doubts. Am I good enough? Is it good enough? Will anyone even care? What if it is my last good idea and I can’t think of anything else to create after this? I used to worry so much whenever I wrote a post, afraid that I’d never be able to think of another tutorial or recipe again, but I’ve learned to trust the creative process more. Yes, some days I feel uninspired, but I haven’t run out of ideas yet!


How do you overcome your fear of sharing creative endeavors? Or are you unaffected by these types of concerns?



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  • Cynthia August 26, 2016, 13:50

    I am absolutely loving your creative photo series … this is a wonderful one! I think we all question our own creativity and whether people will like our work (or art). But don’t let it cloud your vision, or slow you down. This series is … THE BOMB! LOVE it

    • Natashalh August 27, 2016, 11:05

      Thank you!!! I will definitely be sharing more in the future. =)

  • Pamela August 28, 2016, 06:29

    I think we are all self-conscious of our own work. I know many artists whose work I admire, will suddenly paint completely over their work thinking it wasn’t good enough. Often, especially with my jewelry, I will see certain beads and know I just have to make something with them, deciding what colors I need to coordinate with the focal point, only to have what I call “brain freeze” and my mind just loses it creativity and the beads will sit there for months.
    It is the same with buying yarn, I will see some great yarn and know I need to make something with it, again purchasing many skeins only to ponder what would be the perfect pattern to use which will enhance the yarns. I can’t tell you how many projects I have started and get half-way through it, and it just doesn’t seem to be coming out as I expected. Often I will just put these projects away for a while until the creativity returns.
    I think many of us suffer from what I call “the DaVinci Syndrome”; starting one project after another, but never completing it as we tend to lose the original perspective of what we wished to create.
    To confirm my self-doubts or loss of creativity I have tons of beads, closets of yarns, and shelves of fabric, just looking back at me waiting to be the object of my next project. Is it the process of a creative mind, or a sense of self-consciousness? I believe most artists suffer from the combination of both.

    • Natashalh August 28, 2016, 09:02

      What great observations, Pam! I’ve never really thought about how the desire to collect lots of supplies could be related to self-consciousness, but I think you’re spot on. I don’t even know how many times I’ve admired something in the store and been so excited to use it, only to find myself frustrated with my efforts once I got the materials home.

      • Pamela August 29, 2016, 11:30

        I think that is the artist in all of us! It is the uncertainty that forces us into our creativeness! No matter what – I love all of your Inspiring Photos!

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