A few months ago, I participated in Flying Lessons, Kelly Rae Roberts' first (and fantastic) creative biz e-course. Flying Lessons was so packed with amazing and valuable information that it was difficult (if not impossible) to really absorb it in the moment while the e-course was running. Almost every day, Kelly posted tons of information, and then the comments! Wow. Over 500 comments most days. Half of the fun was "meeting" the other course participants and checking out their blogs and websites and beautiful work.
Now I found myself voluntarily sans full-time job, with a little more time on my hands. I've decided to start working through Flying Lessons again. In the first week, the lessons cover goals, commitment, fears, and several days on the art and logistics of blogging. Phew!
The "fears" lesson is particularly speaking to me right now. If I am honest, I spend hours daydreaming about making a living creatively -- reading books and blogs and making grand plans. And then I avoid actually creating anything like the plague. I realize that I do that because of fear -- the fear that I will find out that I am actually not creative or talented at all, and then I will have to give up the dream. While I don't make anything (and fail at it), I can still live in my fantasy future. I also know that there is a learning curve to anything -- while I don't expect my first knitting or sewing attempts to be professional, saleable quality, for some reason the thought of making art or jewelry that I'm not thrilled with makes me want to give up before I even start. Ridiculous, I know. Does anyone else relate to that??