Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oh, Shut up.

What I said today to the gremlin voice in my head that whispered,

"Who do you think you are?" 

in the form of self-doubt.

I'm working on permanently removing that voice from my head. In fact, I think that's something we ALL need to do, because I'm guessing we've all heard that voice, that nasty little mean voice that tells us we're not good enough. Well I say, screw that guy. I'm living my life on my terms, you rotten bastard, so jog on! (A million trillion bonus points if you know where I got that last phrase.)


"You don't have to live your life the way other people expect you to." -- Chris Guillebeau

I first saw this quote quite a while ago now, I think on Gretchen Rubin's blog, The Happiness Project. She did an interview with Chris and this statement took a few seconds to sink in, but when it did, whoa. It was such a powerful thing to read, kind of hit me as a bit of a revelation, although it's basically just a fact.

But I saw it again today and it seemed to come at the right time, so I started a new art journal and decided to use it as some inspiration (along with a photo of a hat I saw on NPR). The journal is just an old book that I'm painting over, first with gesso then whatever I decide to use. I glued three pages together with mod podge so that the pages would be more rigid. (I learned this book trick during one of Christy Tomlinson's workshops.)

book as art journal

I just used gesso and acrylic paint for these pages. Oh, and pen.


So let's kick that nasty gremlin voice to the curb. Who's with me?


  1. All with you! :) Keeping a journal/diary helps I guess, I always read back to get some encouragement.

  2. Here, Here! I love that you're starting the year with so many fun projects.

  3. I love this! Thank you so much for an extremely powerful reminder.
    Who are you? You are an amazing, generous, talented, compassionate, seriously gorgeous woman, that's who. And you deserve every happiness and success.
    I'm with you, sister. I'm with you.

  4. Ah self-doubt. I live with that on a daily basis. I need to get out of my own way, and maybe things will get done! I will have a great idea, have a good giggle about it, be all pumped up about it, then the next day I think, "that was dumb, everyone will think I am dumb for that idea." Why do we do that? I wonder.


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