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Fall Goal: 30 Day Creative Challenge

Raise your hand if fall puts you in reset mode. Fall has always been when I get the most energized and set new goals for myself.  Forget the new year.  September is where it's at.  I don't know if it has to do with the nostalgia of going back to school (and school shopping), the onset of the best season (duh, Fall!), or simply being the best time for me to be productive. Whatever it is, it works for me.

With that said, the first goal I'm setting is to dedicate more time to my art. Wow.  That was much more difficult for me to write down than I thought it would be. Do you want to know why? I have a hard time telling people I am an artist. Am I? Really? Or am I just faking it? Herein lies the perils of comparing yourself to others. Can I call myself an artist if I'm not yet making a living off of it? OR that I know how much more I have to learn? Is what I'm doing really any good? Self doubt is the enemy, and it's set up camp in my thoughts. When I share my work, I can immediately see all the flaws or ways I could have made my art better. "I should have spent more time perfecting it" is what races through my thoughts. And let me tell you, this kind of thinking can lead to creative paralysis.  You start to second guess everything you do. You're afraid to put anything out there for others to see. Which is what led me to this goal.  To help me focus on my art more,  I'm challenging myself to post one illustration a day.  It doesn't need to be perfect (it never will be anyway, so I need to let that thought go!), it just needs to get me to work on my craft. Continue to practice and hone what I am doing.  Find a style that's unique to me and feels right. And know that it's ok. In fact, it's better than ok.  Because I am doing something I never thought I could do.  And I'm sharing it with all of you.  That in itself is downright terrifying.  So follow along for the next 30 days and let's see where this challenge takes me.  

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