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Taking the first steps

Moving away from what you know best and venturing into unknown territories is a scary thing. But sometimes scary is necessary.

You’ve heard the phrase, do the same thing, get the same results.

Well sometimes spectacular results can come out of that dark, scary place.

Is there an area of your life that you want to be a little braver in, but at the moment you’re too scared / nervous to take the first steps?

I know I was. For years I knew that I had to be brave and make art the my career, but I was too nervous. That voice inside my head said it’s not possible, you’re being frivolous, hardly anyone makes a living from their art, you have responsibilities. On and on the voice went.

Until I realised….I also have a responsibility to myself and to my happiness.

That’s when it all changed.

When I gave myself permission to make my needs a priority.

Am I still scared? Yes! Absolutely bloody terrified but I know hand-on-heart that I’m doing the right thing.

This journey is going to be exciting and for the first time in many years I feel a flicker of hope, excitement and deep-down fulfilment.

I have been one of 10 students working with Kerry Harding at the St Ives School of Painting and already the process of discover has begun.

Who I am as an artist. What do I want to say to the world.

So my parting words….. be a little braver today. Take that first step and let me know how it feels.

Good luck!

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