Sylvia Plath said, “The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” Have you ever had a creative idea and thought ..what will people think? What if I fail? Or, someone else could do it better. Let me assure you that anyone who has done anything great has had their moment of doubt. Doubt is the greatest enemy to creativity and dreaming. It’s that whisper within that likes to tell you, you will never go beyond where you are now. Truth is…each of us are given special creative abilities and bravery to step out and give your gifts to the world. Bravery is the force behind the gifting that causes you to step out! I love the new song , You Make Me Brave by Bethel. When I hear the lyrics I am reminded that I can do anything the Lord calls me to! Whether that’s being a good wife, an amazing mom, or speaking to a crowd. In the birthing stages of the jewelry line, I felt the Lord share with me to use lyrics from songs that inspire me. The “you make me brave” bracelet was created and has been an inspiration to me and others as we wear the words and are reminded that He makes us brave!
Some of us are naturally bolder than others. I cannot say by nature I am a super bold or outgoing person, but, I have personally experienced moments of boldness that I know only God can give! In the last few years, I have had many opportunities to share and speak to people. I did not grow up as the girl that was team captain for every recess game or the outspoken child in class. It is still funny to me that the Lord would open doors for me to share with people. I was the girl that couldn't stay the night at someone’s house without getting homesick. (I am not lying. Ask my best friend, Holly.) But, I have found that through relying on the Holy Spirit and his power at work in me, Phillipians 4:13 is truth! You truly can do ALL things through him as he gives you the strength! From my heart, I encourage you to believe this solid truth! If you have a dream, a creative thought, or something you have wanted to do for years..GO FOR IT! Take the trip, Go back to school, start the business, color outside the lines! You were created with a purpose while here on this earth and the world needs your passion to be birthed! Be bold and step out!
Many times through my journey of seeing my dreams become reality, this little enemy called “comparison” would like to try and creep in. I would have the thought that someone could do this better or I will probably never be as good as them. But, I found that there is only one Annie! And, there is only one you! I was never created to be a carbon copy of someone else and neither were you! I am a huge believer in being inspired by others but also know that you don’t have to copy what has already been done. In this past season of life, I have felt at times like my shoes don’t fit (metaphorically speaking). To be honest, transitioning from one season of life to the next can be so weird. But the best advice I can give in these shifting moments is to continuing be you and stay close to Jesus. Every season has its purpose. Many times were looking at others to find what we are to be doing, when God wants us to birth something that has never been done! The “pioneer” bracelet came out of this season in my life. I believe we are in a time where God is wanting to birth new things through us and awaken gifts inside of us that we never knew were there! Are you open to that? Hope so! The new wine won’t work in the old wine skins. I am excited about the new! In whatever season you find yourself in, be the real you. The world needs you step out, be bold, and walk in your purpose. As you do this, you will inspire others to do the same!