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We are all artists

As you start this week, may you find a nugget of courage to do the hard thing your heart is aching to do. May you find enough freedom to do something brave and risky, something that taps that gift you were given but haven’t yet fully and outwardly exercised.

We are all artists in some way, whether our media is watercolor, keyboard, food, camera, numbers, or diaper. What is the main thing keeping you from doing your art—is it time, money, courage, or encouragement? Do you have a voice this week telling you that your work isn’t important?

May you combat lies with truth this week, and may you dare to be you, in the small ways and big. May you look in the mirror and in the words of your journal and love who you truly are.

And may you find enough courage to acknowledge your artistry, and to recognize the little ways your life teems with canvases.

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  1. Heather

    Tsh, My baby is down for a nap right now (!), so I actually have time to write and say THANK YOU for your blog and site. I am a first time mom (little man is now 13 months) and I have visited your site so many times for encouragement and resources and I love listening to your podcast as well. I don’t get to talk to a lot of other moms so I’m constantly asking myself “Why is this so hard? It can’t be this hard for other moms. I must be doing something wrong. Why can’t I get ________ done right? (insert: baby’s schedule, my schedule, dinner time, bed time, house cleaning…)” So, thank you for sharing and helping this mom along the way 😉 I started reading your Ebook “One Bite At a Time” and it’s crazy but one thing you said helped me profoundly. You gave me permission to do ONE thing at a time. I was drowning in a sea of shoulds, from healthy eating to keeping the house clean. I was trying to “do it all” and feeling guilty that I couldn’t do it all at the same time. I had to know that it was ok to make a quick (maybe not so healthy dinner) one night so I could free up time to get the house in better shape (my interpretation) 🙂 I look forward to reading it all the way through. Thanks for everything and God Bless!

    • Tsh

      Thank you for your encouragement, Heather! And while there’s nothing like fellow moms in the flesh walking right alongside you, it’s pretty amazing what the Internet can become, eh? A veritable hand-holding through the trenches. It’s the next best thing to a village, I think. 🙂

  2. Kelly

    Tsh, I love your new posting format because I have a reason to look forward to happy Mondays! Thanks so much for your encouragement to your readers. You are such a blessing.

    • Tsh

      Thank you so much for YOUR encouragement, Kelly! It means so much. Really.

  3. Angela

    Wow, I sure needed this today! Thank you! My art is diapers, toddlers and preschoolers. It’s messy art and sometimes it really wears me out. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Tsh

      I know that art well, Angela… 🙂

  4. Maia

    Thank you. I did not get enough sleep last night and I woke up already discouraged with the day and this week. This is the encouragement I needed.

    • Tsh

      I didn’t get much either… I wrote this for as much as anybody.

  5. Christina

    I like to think that my artistry is garden design and I’m so excited that the weather is finally co-operating. I’ve got a new flower bed calling my name!

    • Tsh

      Sounds lovely! Wish you could come and design mine…

  6. Crista

    Tsh, I know the fear of doing new things! Thank you for the encouragement today, it really helps. I never thought I could do half of the things I have done today, and hopefully I can find the courage to do the things I need to over this next year.

  7. Jenn A simple haven

    Thanks for the encouragement, Tsh! My biggest hindrance to regularly producing art (of whatever kind) has probably been time & encouragement…with a small helping of fear, at least when it comes to writing.

    The thing that’s helped me overcome all of these the most, though, is simply viewing myself as an artist/writer. It’s as if that perspective gave me permission to make the time & accept the encouragement of others…if that makes sense!

    • Tsh

      Yep, makes sense. And I think a bit of fear is a good thing… it pushes us to make risky art.

  8. sky

    Tsh! If this isn’t confirmation from God (from His sweet heart to your giftedness) then I am just deaf and blind beyond all hope…I was JUST praying/obessing over my (other) calling/passion aside from mothering…and why I can’t just can’t get it together enough to out it out there. And then this beautiful gift landed in my inbox. You (both) had me smiling and shaking my head. Exactly the kick in the pants/encouragement I needed. And always need:)

    Thank you.

    All my best,

    • Tsh

      Well, didn’t that work out then! Thanks for the encouragement, Sky—I’m glad it did a work in you today.

  9. Julia

    I went all day without reading this. I had some very life changing things occur today and there are many things that may be blessings in disguise, we shall see. At any rate, you were speaking directly to me, as my internet day ends, the last thing I read (and am printing and keeping with me) is this, because it is specifically for me today. I have been afraid to follow my dreams, and money is an issue, but I’m not going to hold back anymore. I’m going to be my kind of artist, and I will succeed and flourish. And I thank you.

    • Tsh

      Oh wow, Julia. I’m terribly curious, but am trusting that whatever happened is more of a bend in the road than a dead end—because that’s all of life, really, isn’t it? You’re welcome. Your comment blesses me tonight.

  10. Whitney

    I read this earlier today, and thought about it for a while. Then went about my day, wondering what my art would be. I had a hunch it would turn out to be my writing project, but things happened, and it was never touched.

    Now, I know the answer. Today, my husband was out of town (something I’m terrible at), so I focused on making my little boy feel happy and loved. And I’m pretty sure I succeeded. That’s my art project for the day.

    • Tsh

      Gah! That’s awesome art, Whitney. Love that.

  11. Helene

    I like the new design here! Just today I matted and framed a new Monet print for our living room. It was a thrill to do this by myself and the result is lovely. I felt very artsy for the first time in a while. Thanks for the encouragement here!

  12. Sarah Westphal

    Amen! Great reminder.

  13. Lisa

    Thank you so much for this encouragement. I dearly needed it; and I cherish it!!

  14. Angie Young

    Thank you so much for this post today. I’m wanting really badly to start a Pink Zebra business. I’m saving up money for it as we speak. I was almost there when an expense came up that I had not planned for. So now I’m starting my funds from scratch again. So discouraging. And I feel like I have no encouragement on this venture. My husband isn’t taking me seriously at all. And it really hurts my feelings. It seems like he never takes me seriously.

    Angie Young

  15. rachel

    I did something risky today that I have been thinking about for a while…so I thought I would share 🙂 I asked my 92 year old grandma (who is very healthy and active) if she would want to get a matching tattoo with me. I was a bit nervous to ask her, because I thought I would be a little let down if she said “no”…but she said yes! And she was so honored. I love my grandma to pieces and know she won’t be around forever, so I thought this would be special. And we’re not going to tell anyone until we have them done. The sneakiness is fun too!

  16. Greg

    Thanks for this post. I am an engineer, who likes to cook. I need this kind of encouragement to take the time to cook stuff now instead of waiting until things are perfect. I love summer when I get to come home and grill the entire meal. My wife says that I look so much more relaxed when I cook. I love to eat, but I love to see people enjoy my food. Thanks again.

  17. Dianne

    This is just the encouragement I needed to pursue a dream I’ve had for a while now. Thanks for the reminder, the push, the inspiration to do what I know I’m meant to do with my gifts.

  18. Thomas Matty

    Tsh, thanks for the encouragement to persevere through the resistance (as Seth Godin puts it). Everyday we face new challenges and it is way too easy to give up.

  19. Rachel

    Thank you so much for your incredible post, I also felt it was for me today! I am in the middle of a long-awaited career change, from dentist to art therapist, and it is wonderful to read such words of encouragement. It warms my heart to see how many of us can take courage from them while we learn to fly 🙂

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