I had a moment yesterday (and it carried into today). I had a visit from my old friends Fear and Stupidity. I was faced with something that I had absolutely no idea how to do, and I panicked. Asking the question about how to do it meant that I might look ignorant because I was not able to figure it out for myself (a lost opportunity for my ego to look brilliant). What advice would I give a friend who was faced with the “I don’t know, and I certainly don’t want to look stupid” terrors? I would say it is no big deal. Just ask! But noooo….not me. Instead I felt ashamed for not knowing, and and embarrassed that I did it wrong.
In proper perspective, walking through the fear of not knowing is the only way that I have ever experienced anything that felt like success. Just finding the courage to be vulnerable enough to put my art out there, even though many times I felt super silly, has brought me so many gifts. Today I am thinking that success always requires a good dose of willingness to be brave enough to look...ahem...stupid.
A year ago I was asked (out of the blue) to submit some of my art and a piece sharing about about my artistic journey to what was quickly becoming one of my favourite magazines. That magazine is Best Self by Kristen Noel. I had the serendipitous fortune of meeting the founder, Kristen, at a Hay House Writer’s Workshop in NYC., two years ago. Kristen was one of the presenters on the Hay House stage, and she shared how she had filled one of the same seats that I was filling that day, only two years earlier. And there she was, up on the stage with her gracious and bubbly beauty, sharing how she had launched this gorgeous magazine. There were lots of well-known speakers there that day, but her story of overcoming her fears and life challenges to go on to do great things inspired me and spoke directly to my heart. If she could do that, perhaps I could do something with my art as well.
So a year after getting up the courage to ask Kristen to be my friend on Facebook she asks me if I would be interested in that amazing opportunity to be featured in Best Self!!! I jumped at the chance of course. The only reason that Kristen even noticed me in the first place was because I had had the courage to push through all sorts of “I’m not good enough” fears and vulnerability to share my art with the world. So, like today, I still push myself through my fears. I AM good enough and so are you! Don’t EVER let anyone tell you otherwise.
Since then, it has been my pleasure and honour to watch Kristen, and Best Self magazine continue to flourish and grow. But nothing happens unless we step out of the shadow, and face our fears. The only way out of our fears is, indeed, through them.
So, this week I am so excited to share that Best Self is offering this amazing World Summit (along with 21 of my personal favourites in the realm of holistic wellness), starting September 25th. These are the people that I have looked to to show me how to find my own inner courage so I could begin to work through my fears, unblock my creativity, heal years of accumulated hurts, so I could begin to embrace my gifts (and we ALL have gifts).
I am looking forward to participating in this great opportunity and hope you will join me. It’s FREE to register now, and the entire conference is taking place online - which means: in your home, on the road, on YOUR time. And it’s designed to give you the inspiration, mojo and tools to shift from what might be presently not working in your life to what IS possible. Because (believe little old me) the possibilities ARE truly limitless. Are you ready? Click on over to here: kristennoel.ontraport.com/t?orid=5122&opid=3 - to take your first steps towards self-empowerment!