Let's be real, have you ever heard yourself say, "I don't have the time," "I am not good enough," or "I would love to, but it costs too much" when it comes to art? If you have, I want you to know you're not alone and your excuses are legit.
I know what it is like when faced with these problems.
My joy of creating art was kicked to the curb once I had my first kid. I was tired, busy, overwhelmed, and felt selfish taking the time away from being a mother to do something silly like art. I have struggled with not feeling "good enough" for years. I still have to hold back my urges to buy art supplies because of finances, all the time. Here is the questions I had to ask myself to get through these struggles.
Do I want to create art? Why?
The answers to those questions are really important, and it is why you looked for and found me at Createful Art and decided to stick around. Art must be important to you. Let me share something very personal with you, I found myself very unhappy. It took me a while but I figured out why I was so unhappy and here is what I found. It was not anyone's fault but my own that I was depressed. I was not making myself a priority (taking care of yourself and doing the things you love should be a priority), I was not investing in myself and my talents (so I didn't have talents to share with others), and I wasn't being nice to myself (telling myself I am not good enough).
Those excuses look different now, don't they? Now I look back and see that I was actually being selfish and unkind when I thought I was being the opposite. You can't help other people, when you aren't happy, have nothing to share, and you're mean to yourself.
If you are here with me, then you love art or you know how important it is for kids. I have talked with many of you, I have created art with a lot of you, and I have learned to care about you and I have heard you say I want to create art...but....and then the excuse. I hear all of your excuses, and it hurts inside, because I know they do nothing for you but make you feel unhappy and keep you from controlling your life.
The desire to create art is just not good enough. Pure desire never is. I found that out the hard way. You don't get anywhere by not doing anything. But that priority list just gets crazy as well as life. I know. Can you imagine being able to help others when your health is so poor you can't get out of bed? I don't wish that on anyone, but if you don't take care of yourself it will happen. You can't be the best you, for others when you don't take care of yourself first. You need to put yourself on the top of your priority list today. Yes, I am saying above your spouse, your children, your job and church. But no, I'm not telling you to be selfish. Take care of yourself first so that you can take care of everything else with your best.
Think of life as a bank account. Every priority you have has it's own account for deposits and withdrawals. You only have a certain amount of money all together, which is your capacity. If you don't deposit enough into a priority, it suffers and that becomes a withdrawal. So when you are faced with choices, remember, everything needs deposits even you, but that doesn't mean you should give it everything you have, or you won't have anything left over for all the other priority accounts. It is in the small, consistent deposit in every priority that you find balance. So think about how you can make a small deposit towards your goal to create art because it is important to you, and do it consistently.
When you tell excuses to take a hike it is liberating, fun and full of joyful consequences. I hope you join my party over here and don't invite excuses. It is okay to set aside some time and money pursuing the things you love. It helps you and it helps others too.
Thank you for watching my Youtube videos, and sharing your art with me! It has been fun sharing what I love with you and seeing you happy after you create something from my videos. It keeps me motivated to keep working hard to share these videos with you.
Reply to this message and share with me your struggles when it comes to art, and ways you think you may be able to overcome it.
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