The Art of Starting: Intro

Updated: Aug 7, 2018

Hand drawn chalk lettering by BraveScribbler

There are countless inspirational quotes on ‘starting’ and how important it is to do so:

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

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“Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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“You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

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Yeah, yeah... but I was still crippled by fear.

After allowing my creative genius to quietly die while I focused way too hard on ‘adulting’ and becoming resentful with my situation in life, I had a simple choice; I could pick up a pencil and draw again. Months, and months, and months later, my sketch pad was still blank; pristine and perfect.

“Maybe I’ve lost it?”, “What if I can’t do it anymore?”, “What if I’m broken for good?”... I would rather hold on to the flickering hope than face the cold, harsh fact that my creative genius was dead.

Taking the first step was hard. I lived it. But the take away here, was that I DID eventually start and by starting, my life has evolved in ways I couldn’t imagine.

Over the next 3 weeks (a post each week), I will share with you the steps I took to overcome the barriers to starting. I promise you, my answers won’t be “start now, start here... or just start.”

Catch you soon xo

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