Friday, January 10, 2014

Confidence: A Resolution in Action . . .

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

Confidence. 

It's a word that hits hard. On one hand, to have confidence in something means that you have an undeniable trust, faith or conviction in it. To be confident can mean that you are self-assertive, bold and brave. Either way, confidence is a word which, in my opinion, begs for action. You can't be confident and idle at the same time; confidence does not have room for self-doubt or insecurity. And confidence, my friends, is what I aim to possess more of this year. 

For me, part of tapping into that is allowing myself the time I need to create. I will never grow as an artist if I don't give myself the freedom to play. With play comes knowledge. And experience. And, in the long run, more knowledge and experience can only bring about more confidence in myself. This year, I'm gonna try new things. I'm going to expand my horizons. I'm going to be brave. And even if it kills me, I am going to exude confidence. Just watch me.

(The beginnings of a new art journal a la Teesha Moore)

My first action? To allow myself the time to journal on a daily basis. Fact is, I miss creating on the regular. But my life is so full these days, the only way I can get more time is to wake up earlier to do it. So, that's what I've done. I'm getting up an hour earlier every day so that I can spend time getting messy. Here are the results of my first week in the studio. Only one spread complete, but oh what fun I had doing it. . . .




Thank you for taking a peek. And Happy New Year. You confident one, you!


Kristin xo

32 comments:

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

I like it, it suits you...and probably me, too! Happy new Year!!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Wonderful, Kristin! Your style all the way --- bright colors and delightful faces. Loving this New Year already --- so many possibilities.

Giggles said...

You go girl!! Believe it into being!!! I think you've just inspired a post!! I wish you confidence for 2014, loads of it!! You could have fooled me though...because I thought you were! Love the art and your use of color always makes me soooo happy!! I look forward to seeing where this takes you!! So happy you are making time to create!! Lynn is my inspiration for that!! Her tenacity and the way she has evolved is amazing!! I am so excited for you!!

Hugs Giggles

Netty said...

This is definitely a good style for you. Am loving how its shaping up.
Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Terri Corona said...

Good for you, I think we can all use a good dose of confidence, I suspect insecurity runs rampant in many of us, I know I have to battle it constantly!

I really love your art journal page, it's obvious that you let go and just enjoyed making it, which makes it a joy to look at. I too want to do more journaling this year, and focus on playing and experimenting and be less invested in the final product.

Tam Hess said...

Yup confidence is an action word, I agree. My Counselor told me in order to have confidence I had to transform. So that was my word "transform" for a whole year before I got to confidence. :)

Love your work, so free and bright! Happy Paint Party Friday!

Christine said...

Happy New Year Kristin! Great word, I could certainly use more confidence!

Debbie said...

Oh, the elusive but so important confidence! I love your idea and discipline to get up an hour earlier each to give yourself time for art. What a beautiful way to begin your day!

Ayala Art said...

Excellent post! Love it! ♥

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missy k said...

A confident choice of word!

See you are already off to a great start. Getting up earlier is a brilliant idea .... I love your page. It is very you.

Have fun Kristin... lots of it :)

Karen x

Valerie-Jael said...

Great wrd and journal spread, have fun! Valerie

Carin said...

This is so great Kristin! Fabulous post, choice of word and journal spread! May the early hour bring you lots of fun and play and confidence! xoxo

Carin said...

This is so great Kristin! Fabulous post, choice of word and journal spread! May the early hour bring you lots of fun and play and confidence! xoxo

dawn said...

Hello Kristin,
WOW, I'm loving everything about this post! The words are so true and I think we all need to hear them from time to time, so thank you!
The beautiful art you made, YAY I love the colors and the hour you spend enjoying it shows! Good for you making the time for yourself and your art. It's important to not forget about ourselves in the busy days. I get up early every day just for the quiet time.
Keep creating and sharing with us!

linda said...

Bravo, Kristin! I will watch with interest , and you are off to a GREAT start. I love these pages!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

You inspire me! I love reading your post and I am trying to journal more this year too. I completely agree that playing in a journal regularly breeds artistic confidence! I have felt it over the past few days while I have been journaling up a storm. I can't wait to see the pages you create this year. Keep me accountable, lol! xoxo

Linda said...

I love it Kristin-you GO girl!!! Isn't it wonderful to have such amazing energy in your heart and soul when making the time and doing what's necessary in order to fill your tank...fab journal spread!

clare said...

Love it! All the best in 2014! x

annkrier said...

great colors, great markings and love the face. Happy PPF and 2014 !

Joanna said...

Well done for realising what was missing in your life and working out that getting up earlier is a way to bring it back in.

I'm loving your new look art journalling - I am CONFIDENT that 2014 is going to be exciting for you!

xx

Alex said...

Wow this is really a posting to think about. I love your thoughts, Kristin and the result of your creative time is really awesome, so stunning!

Cozycomfycouch said...

Happy New Year! Wonderful!

Cozycomfycouch said...

Lovely!! Happy New Year!!

Lady Lilith said...

Very nice job. I hope you 2014 has been off to an amazing start.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Hi Kristin this is a great post. I really like the your art and how it all pulls together.
Nicole/Beadwright

Kelly_Deal said...

Great post Kristin! Good luck with everything you do my friend!

krisatlarge said...

I'm lucky now, I have the time to play since I retired in August (Im' a MUCH older Kristin!!!). I'm totally with you on the time to play - I actually sewed papers together yesterday, took the time to play with some new processes in order to add them to my journal.

You go, girl - so impressed with your willingness to get up earlier to get it done!

Carmen said...

Wonderful post! Love your aim and yes to the getting up earlier! YES! I've been thinking the same!

Gorgeous spread so different and yet... the colours are so YOU! I look forward to what 2014 brings!

Victoria said...

Hello Kindred..so powerfully written..what a super beautiful post..and gorgeous art..expressive and shining with energy and spirit..the colors sparking my soul!I know exactly what you mean/how you feel..I have had to push my self out of my hermit-safe-comfort zone and out into the open space many times...in order to grow-cultivate that sense of confidence, being very shy. I think you are amazing and keep shining on and shining bright, you inspire many!
hugs
Victoria
PS: I am so looking forward to your summer of color..(I had been too shy to join and glad I did)

Sharon Fritchman said...

Oh Kristen. I am so happy that you decided to get up early to create this beautiful work of art! And I am also ecstatic that you shared it with all of us! So gorgeous and what a wonderful message it holds!!! Hope all is well with you and your family!!!

Natasha said...

A regular practice. I need to get back yo that as well. Just a bit each day. I loved seeing all the textures and colours. Gorgeous. A message i need yo hear at the moment!