Support System

I am so incredibly blessed with an amazing support system of family and friends who encourage me every step of the way. My very traditional parents gifted me with a pottery wheel so I can create at home instead of making an hour long drive to the studio. My friends ordered custom pieces from me and are endlessly sharing my work with others. My boyfriend who helped me cultivate the courage to pursue my passion by being my very own personal cheerleader in everything that I do.  He was the one who said “Don’t worry. Not many people are going to read your blog. Just write for yourself.” in an attempt to get me to hit that publish button after drafting a post for three weeks. (Yes, he totally saw the irony in all this).

Support systems are beautiful. They give you the strength and courage to take that leap of faith in following your dreams.

I realized that support doesn’t have to just come from loved ones. It can come from complete strangers as well. For example, the blogging community is another beautifully warm-hearted support system. Yesterday morning, I woke up to a wonderful surprise. Ben Huberman wrote an article about WordPress’ new default theme for this year, Twenty Fifteen, and my blog was one of the three featured! I have never created a blog before so I took a little extra time and effort to build something that suited me. I never imagined that someone would actually notice! My visitors went from five to over three hundred in one day. And although it might be the design that had people initially click on my blog, many wonderful bloggers stayed to read my story. That is truly amazing and warms my heart.

So thank you blogging community for welcoming me. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my blog, read my posts, and leave me a kind or encouraging message. It really means the world to me.


Letting Go of Fear

I finally did it. After months and months of dragging my feet, I finally launched my etsy shop! It was such a long process–creating enough inventory, taking photos of my pieces, researching pricing, and writing listing descriptions. I was getting anxiety from doing all of this and the doubts came pouring in.

What did I get myself into? I don’t know anything about business. Am I really an artist? What if no one buys my pieces? Am I good enough?

And that’s when it hit me. The real reason why I delayed in setting up an etsy shop was because I was scared. Scared of rejection and scared of asking. I was conflicted because I had a difficult time identifying myself as an artist. I don’t have the education nor do I have the experience. I took a few classes at the studio and basically taught myself how to make pottery through trial and error. It was extremely vulnerable to let go of my pieces and to put it out there for the world to see especially when I put so much love and care into each piece that I create. On top of all that, I am asking for money for my work. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to set aside these fears without the support of Ryan and my friend, Michelle. They believed in me and encouraged me to open up my shop.

I haven’t fully let go of these fears yet but I am working on it because in doing so, I allow space for creative and personal growth. There is still some uncertainty and I am okay with that. However, there is one thing that I am certain about…

I am an artist. I am a potter.

Spice Pot with Spoon