I challenge you…

Some thoughts for a particularly challenging day. I’ve felt challenged in getting into the studio, challenged by thinking up an interesting blog post, challenged, challenged, challenged… feeling like I am not “inspired” so why should I even bother trying? I’ve been arguing with my mental critic all day. It’s been eating up my energy and I’ve been letting it.

It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks of your opinion, of what you like, of what moves you, of what you create. And that includes the monsters in your head.

It. Doesn’t. Matter. Okay? So don’t let it. Don’t carry those people (real or imagined) around like I’ve been all day.

Let ’em go.

I left this as a comment on FB in another artist’s post, and it struck me as being something I wanted to share:

“People need to know that it is OKAY for a journal page NOT contain a soul-opening poem or an amazing and insightful entry. I have perfectly gorgeously illustrated journal pages that are, uh, a reminder to take my cat to the vet, or my grocery list. We forget that the minutia of our lives, well, those things make up just as much as the depth. Those things deserve to be recorded too.”

I’d like to add that I have plenty of NOT so gorgeously illustrated really bad poems, too. It ain’t all Great Art, folks. The whole point is just, to make art. Period. Need some support with that? Check this out – be Creative Every Day.

So let your own inner critic go and stop it getting in your way. Let’s just put them down in unison, ok? I challenge you to do that in three… two… one…


Now pick up a pen, or a brush, or whatever, and get busy.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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8 Responses to I challenge you…

  1. Hello! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. It certainly brightened up an icky morning 🙂 (and I also left a reply under it).

    I’m learning more and more, to just do what I love doing, and if something isn’t working today, it doesn’t mean it never will. Leave it for a while and come back. Not always that easy to do though. 😉

  2. Delia says:

    Great ZEUS! I love your post. Thank you! As I read, I kept seeing the outward manifestations of my internal critic disappearing from view . . . my internal critic often manifests as people I bring into my life :). Brilliant . . .

    • Rainy says:

      I am struggling with one of those right now, I seem to have stuck her face on the internal critic I’ve been yelling at all day. I haven’t been able to get around her. She’s very filling. *LOL* I guess these things are universal. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting my blog! Yay! 😀

  3. Bailey says:

    Rainy, you do know how much I love you, right?

  4. sperlygirl says:

    …and breathe…sometimes the simple act of not doing can be productive too (or at least that’s what i tell myself when i feel like i can’t get anything done). but know you are not alone. 🙂 thx for stopping by my blog today. wishing you a lovely weekend.

    • Rainy says:

      Actually, this is so true. Sometimes, walking away and doing nothing, or picking up something else is just what you need. There are some days where I actually turn on my television (gasp!!) precisely because I need to walk away and let it all sit for a while.

      Have a great weekend!

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