DO NOT BE TIMID. Some great advice even if it is written on a Yan Yan stick. This is something that I often need to remind myself when I’m having a moment of insecurity. Whether it be making that cold call, replying politely to that rejection note or revising a contract. I’m working on building up the courage to ask for what I want both in my life and my art career. I have to trust the the universe will provide. I mean, how will other know if I don’t speak up? Heck, I deserve to at least ask. What’s the worst that could happen?  
I’m sure some of you also go thru these moments of insecurity. I think everyone does at one point or another. Do you have any coping techniques that you use to get yourself past those self-imposed roadblocks and fears? I’m always interested in learning what other people do to see if maybe their techniques would also work for me. I think there is so much we can learn from other.  So I’m putting it out there and asking all you Brave Creatives, what do you do to get past your insecurities and fears?

And, yes sometimes opening a sweet snack and being reminded to not be timid is all that’s needed.

  1. Brooke

    What is a yan yan stick? Can I eat it? Is it sweet? xo

  2. Blu Penny by Cindy Ann

    Totally Sweet!! Well, the stick is more of a cookie that you dip into a sweet frosting of sorts. Ava Blu's favorite is Strawberry though I prefer chocolate. Here's a link so you can see what it's all about. :

  3. Great question. It all depends on the situation. My best advice for making the phone calls is pretend like you are making the calls for someone else. It helps you to emotionally remove yourself from the situation. As far as big picture stuff. Show the universe that you are willing to show up and move forward and the universe will respond with the right situation at the right time. Usually when you least expect it! Remember, it takes courage to find happiness. Stay strong, stay focused, nurture and be kind to yourself, trust, and open yourself up to the abundance that is heading your way!

  4. Blu Penny by Cindy Ann

    Steph- What a wonderful and thoughtful response. I'll definitely have to try pretending like I'm someone else when I'm making those cold calls. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  5. Radish

    Cindy Ann, thanks for my personal message. I will call you next week after 8:00. Seems like you have some good help from Stephanie Ryan. I look forward to speaking with you.

  6. Radish

    If you haven't read the book, The Gifts of Imperfection,

  7. Blu Penny by Cindy Ann

    Sally, Thanks so much for the book recommendation!!

  8. Janelle

    Cindy Ann, this is a beautiful and inspiring post. I love it!

    I agree with Sally about The Gifts of Imperfection. And I personally love all of the books recommended by Carolyn of I always try to remember that nobody is perfect, and we all started somewhere. Just have faith in what you do, and show how passionate you are.

  9. Great post! This is a constant struggle for me as I get older. I'm going to try that pretending to someone else, too.

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