“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
When it comes to creative courage, I’ve never felt it as a roar.
It’s more like taking a deep breath before plunging in to the deep end of something I don’t yet feel ready for.
Maybe introverts and extroverts experience the creative roar differently. I don’t know.
I’m an introvert who struggles with being seen when it comes to my creative work.
It’s hard for me to put myself out there in the world. Out here on the Interwebs.
But doing the hard work of putting myself out there, way beyond my comfort zone, is what has helped me grow into my deepest creative visions. It’s helped me create the life I dreamed of so long ago, when I was a small child, who loved to paint and write.
Doing the creative work isn’t hard for me. It’s sharing it publicly that still feels so uncomfortable.
Being seen is still a creative edge for me. Selling my work, too, is something I that doesn’t come naturally.
My dilemma is not unique, most of my clients tell me something like: I love to make things. I don’t like to sell them.
The journaling I’m doing during this 30 Day Journal Project helps me see clearly where the knots are, where the struggle is. And also where the openings are, where there is more ease. It’s my form of meditation or contemplation.
I send it out this 30 Day Journal Project with a quiet intention:
May it be of use in the world. May it serve others like me who have struggled in the same ways, who yearn for the same things.
If you struggle with being seen, with putting your work into the world, try these writing prompts. You’ll find more goodness a little further down the page, under More Inspiration.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
I’ve been quietly courageous…
I see quiet courage in action…
I’ve learned about trying again tomorrow…
Courage is whispering to me right now…
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FIRE: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
During the first journal challenge, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my writing for the day.
The 30 Day Journal Project Printables are designed to make your journaling quicker, easier, and more organized.
This is my lazy writing & journaling method. It works!
Included: 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs
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Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!
How does your struggle to be seen show up? How does it impact your creative work?
What would a kind approach to doing your creative work mean? We can show up and face the blank page, without being mean to ourselves.
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