Saturday, May 22, 2021

I just finished reading a great book – “"Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life" by @bethkempton . My favorite chapter is called “Reframing Failure”, where she specifically addresses the fear of creative failure. Her words touched me because this past year has really been about pushing myself outside of my comfort zone while simultaneously pursuing a dream. Writing and self-publishing my two books left me feeling so vulnerable and exposed, but yet I still felt compelled to create and share. 

Here is my favorite line of Beth’s, “The true beauty is not in the achievement of some kind of perfection, but rather in the sharing of the creation itself.”

I will admit, it’s scary to share your thoughts with others. I would be lying if negative reviews of my work didn’t sting and leave me feeling a bit wounded. The truth is, we are all different. Some people will connect with my words and some people will not. The idea is not to create a perfect end result that will please everyone. The goal is to express myself authentically. In doing so, I have connected with some really wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me over the last year with kind words. I really do appreciate it!

Beth’s words have really helped me get moving on tying up the loose ends of my new book that will be coming out over the next month or two. I have a couple of chapters left to write and then I’ll be off editing (hubby enlisted to help again!). I even have my cover design complete, which is very motivating to admire while I write. I have it set up as the background image on my desktop. This was a tip I got from @fionaferrisnz 🙏

So, if you are looking for a cozy and inspiring read, Wabi Sabi should be added to your reading list. Hopefully it inspires you to jump in on some of your own creative pursuits ❤️💕

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