A collection of small treasures I’ve found while out and about.
Featured On The Blog:
This week I’ve added a few new things to the website.
-Links to all my social media accounts in the right sidebar above the Quotes widget.
-A signup form at the top of the site for those of you who would like to receive news, updates, and any other fun things I come up with from Cranky Fibro Girl Land. There is also an option to check if you’d like to receive blog posts by email as well.
-Share buttons at the bottom of each post for when you feel inspired to spread a little snarky love online.
Any creative undertaking is full of stops and starts, but the unpredictable nature of life with a chronic illness can amplify this to incredibly discouraging levels. So I’ve been very grateful for the articles and podcasts I’ve come upon recently, reassuring me that I’m OK where I am, that creating takes time, and that if I can keep choosing to stay with my creations, eventually I’ll get where I want to be.
When you see someone’s amazing Etsy shop, licensing deals, or partnerships – do you also notice how long they’ve been doing what they do?When you start to compare yourself to the other businesses out there, do you stop and get real about how long you’ve been working, with dedication and daily focus?I don’t mean: How long have you been thinking about this? Or: When did you first open your Etsy shop?(I was among the first 200 people to open an Etsy shop, but then I let it sit there with two skeins of yarn in it, for nearly two years.)I mean: How long have you been working on it in a focused way?When you’re feeling discouraged, this is often the best remedy: Perspective.
–This post by Jennifer Louden addresses the same topic:
Doing the work that we are burning to do takes titanic patience. Grit. Slowing down so you can speed up later. That’s never been easy â€“ read almost any young artist’s letters bemoaning how long her work is taking â€“ but now, in our hyper-instant go-viral-or-go-home times, patience seems wrongheaded. Bad business. There has to be a way to make it happen this week, or by the end of the summer, or before you turn 40/50/60.
Check out this article by Toni Bernhard on “3 Things the Chronically Ill Wish Their Loved Ones Knew”.