I did it! I took a step toward my future today and rented a co-working space in town. No more excuses for not writing. I can't say I have no where to write or there are too many distractions at home. I now have a shared space I can go to 24/7, and it's only a short walk from my house. I can't believe how giddy I am about this. I have been dragging my heels for months, but this morning I had a breakthrough.
It all started when my husband and I were driving to our day jobs.
My husband is an artist and spends a lot of time in his studio on the university campus. He's preparing for a show this weekend and time is in short supply. I have been taking on some of the logistical projects like updating his business cards and arranging transportation for some of his pieces. In the middle of our conversation about the show's progress, it hit me.
Why am I not putting the same effort into my own creative work as I am putting into my spouse's?
Some could argue that it gives me something to complain about. While this is true to some extent, I think the main reason is fear. I struggle with this all the time. Fear of rejection, of not being able to produce good work, of realizing I have nothing worth saying, ad nauseam.
This morning it happened- a small bit of that fear melted away into determination. As soon as I got a chance, I contacted the shared work space in town and rented space.
Next step- find ways to push the fear aside so it doesn't interfere with my creativity. Reading and watching inspirational people always helps. I recently watched a Ted Talk from Brene Brown that spoke about allowing yourself to be vulnerable. It's inspiring, and I highly recommend it. It reminds us to "Lean in to the discomfort." Watch it, I know you'll love it.