"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
It's a word that hits hard. On one hand, to have confidence in something means that you have an undeniable trust, faith or conviction in it. To be confident can mean that you are self-assertive, bold and brave. Either way, confidence is a word which, in my opinion, begs for action. You can't be confident and idle at the same time; confidence does not have room for self-doubt or insecurity. And confidence, my friends, is what I aim to possess more of this year.
For me, part of tapping into that is allowing myself the time I need to create. I will never grow as an artist if I don't give myself the freedom to play. With play comes knowledge. And experience. And, in the long run, more knowledge and experience can only bring about more confidence in myself. This year, I'm gonna try new things. I'm going to expand my horizons. I'm going to be brave. And even if it kills me, I am going to exude confidence. Just watch me.
(The beginnings of a new art journal a la Teesha Moore)
My first action? To allow myself the time to journal on a daily basis. Fact is, I miss creating on the regular. But my life is so full these days, the only way I can get more time is to wake up earlier to do it. So, that's what I've done. I'm getting up an hour earlier every day so that I can spend time getting messy. Here are the results of my first week in the studio. Only one spread complete, but oh what fun I had doing it. . . .
Thank you for taking a peek. And Happy New Year. You confident one, you!