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We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life


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There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.


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Creating isn’t an idea — it’s a verb.
It’s about moving forward even when you can’t see where you are going.
It’s about doing the things that scare the crap out of you.
It’s about putting things together or tearing them apart into something the world has never seen before.
Something that has been created with your own hands, sung in your unique voice.
Creating art is not about making things.
It’s about creating yourself.


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Sometimes we get fooled into believing that what we create doesn’t matter.
 
We forget that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Although we have been forged by our culture, our family, and our past experiences — our voice is still ours alone. We must learn how to use this voice even when it may not conform to the expectations of those around us.
 
We are not alone.
 
There are others around us who think or feel the same way we do but may lack the courage to speak up.  As artists, writers, and musicians it is up to us to remind them they are connected to something much larger than themselves. They alone have the ability to contribute their verse and ultimately add to either the joy or the sorrow of this world.
 
What will you do with your moment upon the stage?


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Being considered normal is a strange thing (not that I would really know).
On one hand, being normal indicates a sense of belonging and membership into a group.  Being normal means that you are in the majority or at least similar to the people you are hanging out with.
Normal is about comfort not creativity
True creativity is rarely found in the middle of the bell curve or your comfort zone—it’s found around the edges of your experiences.
What this means is that the more you do and the more you feed your mind with new experiences, the more likely those seeds of creativity will fall on fertile soil.
Don’t waste your time searching for comfort in your art or from your audience.
Your job is simply to create, put it out there, and then let it go.


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Sometimes we just try too hard…
We try to be perfect.
Sometimes we are so busy attempting to get everything done on our to-do list, that we forget why we are doing any of this in the first place.
We forget that it’s not always about selling our next work, updating our website, or getting enough followers online, it’s really about the joy of creating something that has never existed before.  It’s about allowing ourselves and our imaginations to run amok in the world without worrying about what other people are going to think.


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Happiness is not an achievement
(but you may have to do some digging)
Happiness is not something that we can eventually receive if we do all the right things.  In fact, happiness (like love) is often discovered when we stop trying so hard to find it.
Happiness is not something that is created, but is something that can often be found buried beneath a big pile of old expectations and goals that we have long since outgrown.
We need to be able to let go of our expectations of what we need to do and how the world needs to operate in order for us to be happy.  As the poet Guillaume Apollinaire once said, “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”


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Let’s face it, it’s never a good time to get started.
No matter where we are in our life, there will always be a reason to wait.  We need more time, more money, more education, more experience. We tell ourselves that when things slow down, we’ll get started.
These are just excuses, however, because the truth is that we’re scared of what might happen if we try.
As long as we keep putting it off, we can live on hope. We can see ourselves achieving our goal and becoming the success we always imagined ourselves to be.
But if we are foolish enough to actually try to do something, we might fail.
So we wait for that perfect moment that never comes. Our book never gets written, our canvas never gets painted, and our song never gets played.
As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the dream of our art is often better than the reality. Because reality is often messy and never quite lives up to our expectations. Reality is often filled with frustration, fear, and doubt. Reality is about taking chances, exposing our vulnerabilities, and pushing ourselves farther than we can often reach. To begin requires the courage to fall short of our expectations and not surprisingly it never seems to be the right time for that.
But we do it anyway.
So to begin, we just have to begin.  We step into the creative darkness one more time and have faith that we’ll somehow find our way through. We may not always end up where we thought we would, but like most everything else in life, it’s not always about where we end up, but more about what we may have learned along the way.
Are you ready to begin?


Posted over 6 years ago

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Sometimes it’s impossible to know exactly what our audience wants to read, see, or hear.
 
You can never be sure if what you create is going to connect with your audience, or even if they are going to care.  Especially these days with the instant feedback of sites online, you can never really know what to expect or how other people are going to react to your work. One minute it seems as if everyone online loves you—but the next moment, not so much.
 
So what can we do about it?
All we can really do is share what we have to give.
Create it, put it out there, and then let it go.
Don’t be afraid to create beautiful things even if it seems nobody else cares about it.
It’s your voice, it’s your art, and it’s your life.
Live your Art!


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Just be yourself…
Sure it’s easy to say, but it’s not always so easy to do.
Why is that?  I mean what is so hard about being the person you already are?
Well honestly it wouldn’t be that difficult if everyone else wasn’t constantly butting into our lives and offering their opinions on what we should do or who we should become. This includes parents, friends, siblings, bosses, and even well-meaning spouses. Most of the time they have  our best intentions at heart. They want to help us out. They want us to avoid making the same mistakes they did.  They want us to be the best person we can possibly be — the only problem is that it’s still their idea of who we should become.
 
But it’s even worse than that…
Because not only do we have all of these other people chattering in our ear about what we should be doing, but we also have our own little bossy voice in our head that’s constantly second-guessing ourself and our decisions.  So even when the people around us aren’t telling us what to do, we sit around and beat ourselves up for not doing what we think everyone else want us to do.
 
So what’s the solution?
Just be yourself, but not the person you think other people want you to be. Be the person that you want to become. As Thoreau said, “Live the life you’ve imagined”. Don’t waste any more time trying to meet the expectations (real or imagined) of other people. You’ve already got enough stuff to do…