Sunday, June 14, 2009

Facing ones fear


"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
Dale Carnegie

Life offered me opportunities at an early age in regards to fear and how I would handle it. In my late teens and early 20's life was a challenge and I stepped right up to my fear, examined them and overcame the traumas.

In my 30's I longed for my own brick and mortar store and used lack of money as my excuse. There was a store front location in the town I lived in that I had thought would be perfectfor my shop idea. One day a "For Rent" sign went up. I had $40 in my pocket and decided to go ahead and speak to the owner. He said I was the fifth person on the list for the place and the rent was...

I just knew it was mine! I felt it in my core. I made some shifts and changes and started banking my cash as fast as I could. When the owner called to tell me everyone else had dropped out of line and I could rent the place, I was ready. I took the place and opened shopped!

Well, years later I moved to Montana and started selling my jewelry fulltime. Folks would ask if I had a website and I always said "No, I am not a photographer" "I don't have a computer". I had a variety of excuses.

One day my partner came home with two laptop computers for us. I faced my fear of an online store and here I am.

Recently I have wanted to take my designs a step up. About a year ago an online site approached me about selling my jewelry with them. They are a juried site and gallery quality and I was completely intimated, honored but intimated.

Time passes, I forgot about the opportunity. Still wanting to challenge myself in my designs and chewing on ideas, I received an email from them today.

So, this Summer I am going to purchase some different jewelry making books and decide what direction would be a good fit for me. It is my goal to face the fear of branching out and expand my wings.

I hope in a few months to be introducing you to my new venue.

6 comments:

Judy said...

I must say that was an inspirational post...I look forward to your future.

Gypsy Road said...

I was contemplating the very same subject today!! You are incredibly talented and will you face this challenge gracefully. ;)

Gypsy Moon Designs said...

Thanks!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing. I love that quote by Carnegie too!

A Fly On The Wall said...

First - lets clear up the comment about you being mediocre...you are far from.

Thanks for sharing your journey - think of all the talent you are inspiring!

Robyn Hawk
http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/

Gypsy Moon Designs said...

Robyn, I changed my wording! Thanks. Like all creative souls, I fear I may become complaisant and that my work will appear mediocre.

Thanks fly!

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