I’m a big believer in the power of words, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you since I’m a writer. But this might. I’ve only recently begun to unwrap the layers of meaning behind the words.

Meaning like: “I’m not a creative person.”

That’s the type of thing I told myself for several years. I thought that to be creative you needed to be a creative genius. Back then I thought I didn’t have the “right to create” because I wasn’t creative enough. And the impact those words were having on me affected what I thought was possible for my life.

Nowadays those words are closer to, “I’m creative and everyone is.”

That change has opened doors for me. Instead of hiding my passion in fear of how it would be judged, I let go and gave myself permission to fully express myself. It’s given me a second chance to be the creative person I was meant to be. Nowadays I’m working on slideshows, taking photos for my Etsy site and feel as creatively inspired as ever.

And that inner critic? These days, I’m keeping my eye on him by documenting my thoughts on my new handmade journal. Just in case he gets out of hand again and tries to convince me I’m just not creative enough.

What fears hold you back from being more creative?

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