THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE
SOMEONE OUT THERE...
WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN YOU OR
WHO THINKS YOUR HEAD IS TOO BIG OR
YOU'RE NOT SMART ENOUGH.
BUT THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE
YOU NEED TO IGNORE,
AND THOSE ARE THE TIMES
YOU NEED TO JUST KEEP DOING
WHAT YOU LOVE.
As the holidays roll around, many commercials, movies, TV shows and social media pages will describe gatherings of families and friends, portraying everyone as happy and loving and supportive. If this is your life and the people in it then that truly is wonderful and you are incredibly lucky.
But what if you're someone whose friends keep asking when you're going to make actual money with your art? Whose siblings roll their eyes when you mention the latest ebook you've published? Whose parents ask about everyone else's work but yours? Whose uncle wonders when you're going to get a "real" job?
This is when we need to believe in ourselves even stronger, even harder than we usually do. We have to believe with every bone in our bodies that we are creative beings doing what we're meant to be doing.
Let's not eat any humble pie this holiday season. Let's have a big old hunk of apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Let's enjoy who we are and all the gifts and talents we've been given. Be grateful! Be passionate! Be proud!