Hi ya’ll! If you saw my She Shop Shape Up post a few weeks ago, then you know my first show was on Sunday. That’s right, The Road Less Traveled Design Co finally made its debut at The Belle Aire Market. 😊
It was a cloudy day with torrential rains in the forecast, but there was still a great turnout. I met many people, passed out several Check Out My Blog postcards (perhaps some of you are even reading now) and networked with a few local businesses. For me, though, the most fun part of it all was finally getting to see all my transformed forgotten finds in one place displayed together in all there distressed, farmhouse, shabby chic glory.
I’ve been working like crazy for weeks to get ready and it was awesome to see it all come together. But, as awesome as it was, it was also equally intimidating. There’s something quite unnerving about putting your work, and by extension yourself, out there for everyone to see and critique.
Several years ago, I was knee-deep in another endeavor- jewelry design. My husband and I had a booth at a weekly farmer’s market in the city and I remember being a bit nervous the first week or two then as well. This time; however, those same nerves seemed to have multiplied by a thousand. I can’t say for certain, but I think it’s because this time I want it more. I’m more passionate about interior design and home décor than I ever was about jewelry. It was a creative outlet, but not much more. The Road Less Traveled Design Co is the culmination of years of collecting home interior magazines, reading books on design, rearranging rooms, trying new DIY techniques, succeeding at this one, failing at that one and dreaming big dreams.
I’ll be honest though- I still have a long way to go with even bigger dreams and aspirations on my mind. Unfortunately, sometimes I let my head get the better of me and I start down a path of discouragement. I get trapped in an infinite loop of negative thinking naming all the reasons why this can’t work or why I shouldn’t have even taken the plunge in the first place. It usually starts with me looking at the successes of someone else and instantly feeling bad because I haven’t hit those milestones yet myself. It’s a fool’s errand really. There’s no good that can come from thinking that way.
I know we’ve all been there at some point in our lives- as athletes, students, employees, friends, spouses, parents- at one time or another we’ve all compared ourselves to someone else that we thought had it all together. So, on Sunday, as those negative thoughts kept creeping into my head, I battled back with a quote I read the other day on the Artsy Chicks Rule blog and I thought I’d share it with you…
What a powerful saying- I hope it helps give you the same solace as it did me when you’re going through your own Am I good enough? struggle in your mind. Keep chasing those dreams and running your race. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, someday we’ll both be in the middle!