Last night I put myself out there, way outside my comfort zone, way past any guarantees, and you know what? Good things happened. Today, I posted a doodle, a simple doodle, and I made someone so happy they teared up, and tomorrow, because it's the 15th and I always post a new Story Kit layout on the 15th, I will make something new with paper and glue and I will post it for others to see, to have opinions about, to love or hate or feel indifferent to, and you know the common denominator in every single one of these? Action.
I love writing out the words of others, turning them over on the page and in my mind until they sink in, but this morning I needed my own words, I needed to take my own advice, so I jotted down this message and snapped a photo. The responses were so kind and honest that it reminded me how very much we are all connected, how very much we all share worries, heartaches, that nagging lack of confidence, and even though it is dressed differently in our lives, our willingness to share these struggles and encourage each other to work through them is what brings us together.
Tonight I am taking the first step towards a scary, lofty (for me) new project, that will require me to be confident, and to put my messy, broken heart out there and hope that it's not only well received, but supported.
It's time to begin, and I'm ready.