One path is wide and many travel it. The other is narrow and few are willing to travel it.
Since starting this blog, writing my own book and creating a clothing line, I have been listening to lots of marketers in these circles. I get daily emails in my inbox offering me tips that will help me accomplish this or that. Last year I bought a book on how to get a publisher’s attention. I’ve listened to webinars that share secrets of best selling authors.
I now know how to please Google, publishers and readers but I cannot bring myself to do it.
For months my heart, mind, soul and body have been caught in a game of Twister. I could not figure out how to write from my heart, think like a marketer, live like a business person while selling my soul to the devil. For a moment I thought I maybe I should stop writing all together.
Love what you do or don’t do it at all.
As I communicated my frustration with Derek he asked me why I write and draw.
Or for the love of it?
Write, draw, and live from your heart.
Yesterday I was reminded to read my own p.s. that I put at the end of each post. There it was in black and white -“It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!” My inner perfectionist and critic had been working over time on me but thank goodness I could see from the beginning my desire was to work from my heart.
What is from the heart has the power to touch hearts.
All I ever set out to do was express myself. All I ever could hope to do is inspire and encourage another. In the marathon of life I am the one handing out water and cheering, You can do it! This may never been seen as valuable to search engines, critics or those sitting in the bleachers but I am now 100% sure I won’t be happy unless I do it because it brings me joy. Just one person telling me that I helped them on a rough day makes it worth it to me.
Creation is joy, approval is hard work.
I will be unsubscribing from all the experts and gurus and continuing to march to the beat of my own drum. And now that I have settled this quandary I will sharing even more from my heart. I will be drawing the images on my blog posts (today is the first). I will be starting to paint, thanks to Derek’s encouragement. And I will be drawing illustrations for each of my 365 celebrations for an upcoming calendar.
Every artist must value their own art,
Remain true to themselves,
And do it for the love of it.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…”
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez *Have you downloaded my free ebook, The Hungry Soul’s Manifesto? It’s all about remembering what’s important in life – creating purpose and passion, instead of just passing the time amassing stuff. p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!