We dragged our tables, books, cards, some pottery, our chairs, and a huge tent to the river yesterday. You would think three women could handle that, but after 9 hours in the sun and some heavy lifting, we were spent. Still, we enjoyed seeing so many friends. It was a great day to show people what we do and who we are!
I think a lot about fear. Fear of flying, situations, world events. Sometimes it’s crippling.
I also believe in stories. The stories we tell ourselves help us learn, live, and relate.
The phrase “the courage to own your own story” is one I’ve seen for years. But lately the words have resonated even more. It is far too easy to believe what our thoughts tell us is truth. To me, figuring out my story means letting go of rigid memories, thoughts, or beliefs about my past or who I am.
Fears can block us from being creative, pursuing projects, and even putting ourselves in new situations. I mentioned to someone that I tend to be a person who leaps and then looks for the net. But the last few years, not so much.
Now I am working my way back out, and that’s freeing.
Last week I took some of my letterpress printed cards to a lovely gift store in town called Heather Boutique. I am really delighted they are going to carry my line. (That sounds cool, doesn’t it? “my line”) Yesterday I began working on a series of 5×7 posters, inspirational and motivational, to frame and sell.
But I want to keep my focus. I began printing the words I wanted to see on my own walls. Now that I’ve begun to sell them, I want to continue that, not be swayed by what might sell. What matters is doing the work I care about. And that’s my story.
From Brain Pickings…
Seth Godin and Debbie Millman
Design, at its core, thrives when a human being cares enough to do work that touches another — it doesn’t thrive when it gets more “efficient.”
I was bemoaning to a friend in the shop yesterday that I hate “selling.”
“You have to yell this time of year to be heard,” he said.
I wonder. What happens to our minds in all of this loud noise? Can we filter?
I dislike filling the social media I handle with pleas for people to come see us (even though I love what we do). This time of year is crazy. Everyone wants to get their message out there. And dealing with so many accounts (I volunteer with two organizations), I am proud that I’ve only put the wrong photo on the wrong social media twice in the last week. Not bad, eh?
Seth Godin says, “the people who care are the people who will listen.” So, friends, here you are if you care to listen :)
In the meantime, I’m going back to my press for a while.
and my personal one!