I've been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I'm running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they've overcome it to live life their way...
Hey! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m your not-so-average 30-something gal living with my DH (a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful) & 2 super spoiled pups. I’m a craftaholic that more often than not lets perfectionism get the best of me & my WIPs. When I’m not working on some creative project, you more than likely can find me on the computer either blogging about anything creative or playing some video games with Mr. Wonderful.
I’m currently working my 8-5 zombie desk job, but I have dreams of making a living with my creativity. Right now it’s just a dream, but I’m taking baby steps to make it reality.
Is the life you lead now the life you’ve always dreamt of?
Not really, but I’ve finally started to take baby steps towards my dreams.
As a little girl, I used to dream about being a model/actress/singer & all the fabulous things I would do for my family. As I got older I knew that those dreams were a little far-fetched, so I settled for the dreams of just doing whatever I loved. Since I am interested in so many different things (always have been), it wasn’t until recently that I narrowed down what that thing I love was...making things. I’m still working a zombie job right now that has more downs than ups, but now that I know what I want to do I can finally work towards doing just that.
While it’s not the life I’ve always dreamt of, I wouldn’t really trade it for anything else.
When you have faced difficulties, what has been your inspiration to keep going?
I know this is going to sound a little cheesy & more like a pageant answer than anything else, but it’s my family.
When things don’t seem to be going my way or I get a little discouraged, my family is always assuring me that I can do whatever it is. Not only that, but they are always encouraging me to do whatever I love & enjoy. Even though I haven’t done it yet, it’s not because they aren’t inspiring me...it’s because I’m not a big risk taker when it comes to things financially. Not only are they encouraging me, but they are examples as well.
My dad has always done his own thing & is usually very happy with his work. He’s done a little bit of everything, but the most memorable are being a movie critic & self-published author. My mom is a little more like me, she has a zombie job but on weekends (especially during the fall) she’s living her dream. My parents have booths at craft fairs all over the state, selling her amazing handmade goods & my dad’s books.
Watching them as I grew up is exactly the inspiration that I needed, but it took me this long to figure it all out. Oh well, better late than never!
Fear affects us all at some point. What part has fear played in your life and how have you overcome it?
I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to lots of things, but I try not to dwell on them all the time. One fear that I can’t seem to shake is the fear of taking a huge risk, like moving away from the only town I’ve lived in or quitting zombie life to work for myself. I haven’t overcome them completely, but I am now starting to take baby steps towards both of those fears. I’ve found that when you take baby steps, it makes it not quite as scary & a lot more manageable.
What advice would you offer on following your heart and living your dreams?
No matter what, you should always work towards your dreams! Some people get there faster & love taking risks, others might take years to get there...but no one ever regrets living their dream. The only regrets are when you don’t even try.
What do you think are the three most important things you need to lead a happy and radiant life?
1. A dream
2. Love, not necessarily the romantic kind
3. To be true to the real you