Fill in the blank with something positive you love and believe about yourself:
I Am __________.
What word first comes to mind? Beautiful, funny, fearless, brave, strong, happy?
For me, I choose... Creative.
Not necessarily specifically crafty, handy, or inventive. Just... creative all around. In how I think, dress, approach life situations, write, decorate, etc.
Starting a phrase with, I Am, is pretty bold don't you think? It made ME a little uneasy at first, anyway. When you start a sentence with "I Am..." You are stating something that you believe in. You're telling someone that you are totally confident, and that you ARE what you say you are, no excuses.
I love it.
In today's society we are always trying to be better. Skinnier, prettier, richer... that sometimes we forget to just stop and look at how great we already are; to take a few minutes and ponder on all the things that we have already accomplished, or the amazing talents we already posses.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the great people at Catherine's. A national women's fashion retailer, who features articles from women each month on their site, proclaiming THEIR strengths, talents and thoughts through an inspirational phrase, always starting with, "I Am..."
They asked me if I'd write an inspiring message about what being creative means to me. How does it impact my life and how other women can tap into their creative side. I was on board RIGHT away. I LOVED this topic, and it's something that really resonated with me.
These past three years have been a whirlwind of excitement for Cason and I. Blogging and sharing our home and life has opened a lot of doors for us and created amazing chances to be able to meet incredible people, companies, and take part in fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Through doing all of this I've had moments where I think...
"Okay Shelley, don't freak out. Just pretend like you know what you're talking about/doing, and everything will be just fine. Breathe."
haha! Please tell me we all have those moments in life. Whether it's as a parent, or at a job outside the home. Sometimes it's all about BELIEVING in YOURSELF. Having the confidence to just take on that great opportunity/project/job, and then figuring it all out once you get there.
Fake it till you Make it.
It may sound like the "cheater-way" out of something, but really, it's how Cason and I have gotten to where we are today. LOL. We didn't know what the heck we were doing having 3 little babies before the age of 23, or how to use a nail gun to put up beadboard in our first house. But we never let OUR ideas of what we could and couldn't do hold us back. We just got really creative, and figured it out :)
"A lot of us feel that we don’t want to make mistakes or fail while trying something new, but if you focus too much on preventing failure, then you’ll also avoid ever becoming successful and learning from your mistakes. Holding back that desire within to try something new can stifle your creativity."
This is an expert from the piece I wrote this month, as the feature article for the Catherine's "I Am Creative" post. I truly believe that being creative on ANY scale, is one of the things that can help us grow the most. Taking risks, getting creative in your approach to life in general, and discovering what you are REALLY capable of, can be so incredibly empowering and amazing.
So again, if you had to answer this question with one word...
I Am... ____?____.
What are you?