Do Something That Scares You

Jul 4, 2018 | Turning 60 and Beyond | 0 comments

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Those small things that make us uncomfortable help us build courage to do the work we do. 

This is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. When was the last time you did something just out of the blue, or something that scares you,  without too much thought beforehand—and then wondered what in the world did I get my self into? I did just that these couple of months. One day when browsing through Facebook, up pops this ad for Neon Milkshake Art Studio asking for submissions for their summer art show. I looked closer and said to myself “I should showcase my photography”. The next morning I sent a note and asked if they took photography. Yes, of course they did.

I ran my idea past a couple of friends to find out if they thought I was totally insane and was enthusiastically encouraged by all of them to enter. So that’s how it all started. After I sent in my entry fee then I began to panic.

The next six weeks was a whirlwind of activity. Framing is expensive! How could I frame 20 plus pictures? I lucked out and found a couple of really good sales at Michaels and found an amazing and talented framer to help me. I also recycled many framesI had around the house. Then I decided to put in just some matted pictures. That started another chase around the city to find an inexpensive place to get the work done. I even had to get business cards made. 

My mind was daily yo-yoing between; what in the world did I get myself into?; what if I don’t sell anything? and what if I sell everything the first day? The next minute I was thinking to myself, I like this, I’m having fun! I wonder when the next show is?  I’m sure I drove my dear husband crazy.

Opening night, June 15, I was a basket case. But it was a success. There were about 16 other artists involved and a lot of people come through the studio.  I talked to many people about my work and received many compliments. I went home that evening exhausted but elated. 

At the end of the two weekends I sold five framed pictures and four matted pictures. It wasn’t what I hoped for…and I certainly didn’t cover my expenses. BUT, I did something new, something that scared me,  and  had a fantastic time doing it. I met many new people. I realized that, yes, I can do a lot of things when I put my mind to it. I learned that, yes, I am a good photographer and that I am even artistic. I feel good about the show and I will do it again. And the biggest take-away is that I signed up for some art classes to see what else I can create. I am excited for the next challenge. 

Here’s just a few of my favourite pictures.

Take challenges…Believe in yourself and you will be Unstoppable. 

I would like to thank Neon Milkshake Art Studio and Danielle Bartlett. Thanks also to Yvonne, Trish and Robin, for all the support and friendship. And of course my husband for your support anytime. And to Shawn Webster and Kate Maj…see you at the Shake. 

So tell me….When was the last time you did something that scares you? I’d love to hear about it.