I think that fear has definitely kept me from taking on my creative dreams. I just don't think that anyone will take me seriously. I have often said, I can follow direction but I'm not CREATIVE. It some ways, I still believe that but I have also learned that creativity is a practiced skill as well as inbred talent.
Over the last year or so that my sister and I have been making buttons, we have said to each other (at least 1,000 times), "No one is going to buy these." "Who would buy these?" etc. We are lucky to have each other in this dream because when one doubts, the other supports and we somehow keep going.
Putting myself out there for others to critique has been one of the hardest things for me to do. Sometimes when someone walks away without even one little button, the sense of rejection is embarrassing, for lack of a better word. It's hard to make yourself remember the excitement of that first stranger who loved them, too!
The photo above is of that first stranger and the first friends who believed in us. She was our very first customer at our first show. Her excitement took away so many of my fears in that moment... when I think we both wanted to run screaming! The other half of that photo is Lorrie & Michael Wardell. They believed in my sister and I am so lucky that they have included me! They are the reason that we are doing this at all. Their support has been vital to any success we may have.
Ok, so enough of this deep babbling thought so late at night....