My Creative Journey (and Thoughts on the Fear of Failure)

Thank you all so much for your kind words about my jewellery! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have the support of this little community behind me. You guys are the best.

I mentioned in my last post that this project is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and promised to tell you more about that soon. Today I wanted to share the story of my creative journey and take this opportunity to discuss something that, unfortunately, has played rather a large role in it. That’s fear.

More specifically, the fear of failure.

Do Small Things With Great Love

Do Small Things with Great Love necklace, made by me 2013.

Like a lot of kids, I grew up making things. I made “aquariums” out of shoeboxes and tissue paper, handsewed (very dodgy) clothes for my Barbies and spent hours creating little bracelets for my friends. I continued making jewellery right through high school and always wore a collection of handmade beaded necklaces. When I was at uni I went through a stage of embellishing singlets with sequins, beads, buttons, lace and ribbon. I even fantasised about making enough of them to have a stall at the local markets, but the idea seemed pretty far-fetched and silly, and I never imagined a person could make any real income off making things.

It wasn’t until I started reading Frankie magazine and subsequently discovered the handmade community, blog world and Etsy during my last last semester of uni (in 2009), that I realised that indeed you could. There were people making a legitimate living off making stuff. Handmade was a movement! I felt like I had found my tribe.

I started reading blogs and flirted with the idea of starting on of my own. I spent hours trawling Etsy, looking at the lovely things people had made and all the supplies I could use to make things of my own. I decided it might be fun to try and supplement the income from my day job by making and selling jewellery on Etsy. I got really excited, bought a bunch of supplies and made a little pile of necklaces… Then I lost my nerve. Suddenly the things I was making seemed like utter rubbish compared to what everyone else was doing. I convinced myself that my shop would flop, so I gave up before I ever really began.

Love Birds 2

Love birds diorama, made by me 2012.

Midyear 2009 I finished my journalism degree and applied for the position of editorial assistant on three craft magazines. Somehow I got an interview. I wore one of my necklaces to the interview and much to my surprise the girl who interviewed me, Sarah (who is now a good friend) commented on how much she loved it. I got the job. I decided that now I had a “grown up” job I definitely didn’t have time for stuff like Etsy shops and I put my small business dream out of my mind.

While I was working on the craft magazines I discovered more inspiring crafters and amazing bloggers. I decided I really needed to start a blog of my own. It was the perfect way to combine my passion for writing and documenting, my love of handmade and my growing interest in photography. I talked about starting a blog a lot. I talked to Reuben about it. I talked to my friends about it. I thought about it all the time. But I didn’t do it. Because all the bloggers that I was reading were already doing it so well, I decided I couldn’t possibly keep up with them. I imagined my blog being a sad, lonely space with with no readers, and I convinced myself that it wouldn’t work out so there was simply no point in trying. (Are you sensing a pattern yet?!)

Vintage Sheet Dress

Dress made of vintage sheets, made by me 2012.

Then I moved to a government job. Though I hadn’t been doing much creating of my own while I worked on the craft magazines, I think just being involved in the industry kept me feeling somewhat artistically fulfilled. Without that, I suddenly felt creatively starved. I started thinking about an Etsy shop again. I dug out my jewellery supplies and half-heartedly made a few necklaces and brooches, but I was convinced the pieces I was making were no good. I wondered what other things I could make instead. Around this time Reubs and I also started learning about simple living and thinking about making changes to our lifestyle. We decided it would be a good idea to start a blog together, in order to document our journey, but I doubted myself every inch of the way. Who would want to read a blog about a couple of nobodies interested in craft and cooking and gardening? Why would anyone care about our pursuit of a simpler, more sustainable life? What was the point? Why should we bother?! I think if Reubs hadn’t convinced me that it would help us stay on track with our goals and might allow us to connect with other likeminded people, I never would have clicked “publish” on that first post.

Thankfully I did, and blogging was good for me. The more involved with the blog world I became, and the more I saw other people creating things and making a living doing what made them happy, the more my inspiration to create and desire to start a little business grew. When we moved to Bendigo I was sure that with more time on my side, I would finally be able to get an Etsy shop going, but by this time I had abandoned jewellery making because I was so sure my creations were awful. I started sewing and came up with lots of designs for things I could make with the intention of selling them, but eventually realised sewing just isn’t something that comes naturally to me. Though I enjoy doing it here and there, I would go crazy if I had to sew all day, every day. I dabbled with the idea of collecting vintage pieces to resell but soon realised it wouldnt fulfill my urge to create. I had a million ideas for lovely handmade things (some of which I still hope to pursue in the future) but lacked the skills to realise many of them. I just felt creatively lost.

Sweet Hearts 1

Liberty of London sweetheart pins, made by me 2012.

Then, while the purchase of our house was going through and we were staying with my mum, I started making little heart pins. Doing so reminded me of how much I enjoy making small things. How much happiness I get from working with my hands to create tiny details. I made about about eleventy million hearts and thought about putting them in an Etsy shop, but then decided that they weren’t quite right. I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong with them, but they weren’t exactly what I wanted to be making. At least not on their own. I once again convinced myself that they weren’t good enough to put up for sale.

When we finally moved into our house, I found myself desperately wondering what to do next. I so badly wanted to be making things and was still dreaming of that elusive Etsy shop, but nothing I had been doing felt like a good fit. I was lying in bed one night, silently fretting about what I was going to do, when suddenly it hit me. Jewellery. It was so obvious. I wanted to make jewellery. I had always wanted to make jewellery.

I just had to stop convincing myself that everything I made was rubbish and quit admitting defeat before I’d even begun!

Pink Glitter Globe Necklace

Glitter globe necklace, made by me 2013.

I spent the next few weeks obsessively searching for supplies, designing pieces in my head, then when my bits and pieces started trickling in, making, making, making… Which leads me to where I am right now. On the brink of finally opening my shop. I’ve come full circle and am back at that place where my small business dreams began, back in 2009. Making jewellery. Only this time I know I’m going to follow through!

Looking back on the past few years, I realise that what has prevented me from opening an Etsy store before now, has not been my lack of skill, my inability to make cute things, or my innate suckiness, but simply my lack of confidence and fear of failure. The very same thing that almost stopped me from starting this blog (and likely held me back from countless other things I can’t even remember!)

So I am trying to change the way I think about “failure”.  It’s not that my self-doubt has miraculously dissolved, but simply that I am now choosing to do things in spite of it. I know that in the scheme of things opening an Etsy shop isn’t really a big deal, but the combination of my fear of disappointing myself (and everyone else) and my tendency to set ridiculous standards for myself, has made it much harder than it should be. I now understand that in order to get anywhere I have to cut myself a little slack. Rather than seeing the potential for failure, I must try to see the opportunity to learn and grow.

I’m slowly realising that there are no failures. Only lessons.

Have you ever let the fear of failure stand in the way of what you wanted? I’d love to hear what you do to overcome that creeping feeling of self-doubt.

Katie x

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60 Responses to “My Creative Journey (and Thoughts on the Fear of Failure)”

  1. Natasha April 17, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    I understand what you mean. Sometimes you avoid doing something completely because you’re scared that you won’t be able to do it right. I do that all the time. I’m so happy that you’re finally opening your shop and I can’t wait to see more. Good luck

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you Natasha. It’s so nice to hear I’m not the only one! x

  2. missmintyfresh April 17, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Oh Katie. I definitely understand how you’re feeling. Honestly, I think I would have kicked my now 18-month-old case of post partum depression out the door LONG ago had it not been for my crippling self-doubt and sense of “you’re just not good enough”. It’s so painful, and sometimes no matter how many encouraging voices you have in your ears, your own negative one drowns them all out. I’m so glad that you’re breaking through it!

    As an aside, I do really hope that I’m the first to snag that “hello Sunshine” fabric heart. It would look so fantastic on my trenchcoat. =)

    xo

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement Miss Minty! It means so much. And goodness me, you ARE good enough!! Even if those negative voices tell you otherwise. Be gentle with yourself. xx

  3. Heather April 17, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Hi Katie, I love your sweetheart pins and your jewellery! don’t let anything get in your way! open the shop!! it will feel really good, Heather x

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Oh I will, I promise! Thank you!! :)

  4. Laura Lee April 17, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    I love your post, and I think so many people, including me, can relate to it. Good for you! I can’t wait to see your shop!

  5. Fazee April 17, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Oh Katie,you can and you will do it,you are a very clever,talented person,and trust an oldie there is a market for your beautiful jewellery.Let us know when you open your etsy store,so I can get some for me. xxXxX

  6. Teresa April 17, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    I’m so excited to see your new Etsy shop! I adore all the things you make.

    I know the fear of failure oh so well. It’s been something that held me back in my life too and it’s only through some life changing circumstances that has seen me come out of my shell and be (almost) where I want to be. I think it’s different for all of us but you are incredibly talented Katie and I think you will do well in what ever you set your mind to. x

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      It’s so reassuring to hear from someone else who has struggled with this and succeeded. Your little vintage shop is so gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks for all your lovely encouragement. xx

  7. Margaret April 17, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Hi Katie, just been catching up on some of my fave blogs and thought you might like to take a look at what Chris has been doing on “Christina Lowry designs” blog, the Sat 13th post shows what she has been doing with jewelry recently…..something to inspire you for the future.
    Good luck with the Etsy shop, hope to take a look soon.

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Yes, I love Chris’s work! Such a clever lady :)

  8. caroline April 17, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Katie, you can do it!!!! I want to send you all the encouragement to make your dream come true!!! I’m tired of all the negativity out there in the world!!! Your jewelry & crafts are beautiful!!!!! I can’t wait to see your etsy shop!!!! I would buy some of your items….you should have some of your photos for sale too….I love the ones of your cute puppy or your kitten on the back of the chair!!!! Too freaking cute!!! Some people sell photos like that on etsy too!!! Good luck!!! You go girl!!!! ;)

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Oh Caroline, you are so lovely! Thank you very, very much. xx

  9. Joanne April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    You can so do this! Your jewellery is super cute Katie, I think it would fit right in on Etsy. We have an Etsy store and have learnt so much from it, it’s the perfect creative outlet for us! Wishing you all of the good things on this adventure!

  10. Christie April 17, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    I wonder if you reframed your thinking is it a fear of failure OR a fear of success that holds you back. The simple living down shifters is a big movement just look at the readers of Rhonda’s blog where I first found you. Your audience will naturally be younger and for some it’s the life that they aspire too but aren’t necessarily living….but you are. Look at Rohan’s blog…Whole Larder Love he’s doing workshops very soon near you and we would love to hear about them. I was so excited when you were buying your house….so many stories to blog about there but we got the floorboards and then you seem to lose your mojo? How do you fill your days? Write about that? Junkaholique is another amazing blog sometimes mostly filled with photographs. Their jewellery is amazing and the way she uses liberty print. Maybe you are just looking for a grown up version of yourself….keep looking, keep writing and press publish ;)

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Thank you for your encouragement Christie. We DID lose our mojo a little bit with our home projects (I think we went in a bit too hard and burnt ourselves out) but mostly we’ve been quiet on that front because all of our disposable income has been going towards boring stuff like replacing our hot water system and saving for a new gas heater, which isn’t terribly exciting blog fodder. That said, we do plan to get some serious work done on the house at the end of this month/start of May. I’ll post an update soon!

      • Christie April 18, 2013 at 9:59 am #

        We probably put more value in what you write then you do? Love to read Reuben’s posts too…..love the idea of he said she said… :)

  11. Ravs April 17, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Go for it! Your pins & jewellery are lovely. And you are right, Success is a journey, you don’t get there on the first step, but you’ll never get there if you don’t take it.
    Great post.

  12. Lou April 17, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Your post is going to resonate with so many people! When we realise it’s fear of failing that’s standing in our way we can start to change it, but so many don’t see what’s actually stopping them. I’ve realised that if I do try and don’t do the greatest, I’ll still be in the same place I am today so it’s not that bad. Glad to see you’re not letting it stop you now as your crafts are gorgeous and deserve to be shared with the world xx
    Lou @ The Honesty Path

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      ” I’ve realised that if I do try and don’t do the greatest, I’ll still be in the same place I am today so it’s not that bad” – this is exactly what I need to remember. If I give it a go, what’s the worst that happen?! :)

  13. Little White Dove April 17, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    This post speaks to me! It’s very easy to look at what everyone else is doing and convince yourself that ‘they’ can do it better… maybe they can, but we all have a unique take on creating… I personally can’t make the same thing twice! I just opened my Etsy shop at the start of this year after much self doubt of the same kind – lots of people can knit and crochet better than me, but I I know I have my own take on things too like yarn selection, colour blends, and textures. Plus I had to do something with all the stuff I was making! But mostly it because I’m working towards a dream, of being able to craft a humble little living out of what I can create with my own two hands. It’s blue sky thinking at this stage, but it’s a tiny little weeny turtle step towards making the dream a reality. I’ve sold a couple of things in my shop so it’s not breaking records or anything, but have also been approached by a couple of shops wanting my items in their shops! OMG who’d have thought it I thought to myself! I still have the doubts that my stuff is not good enough, neat enough, special enough, especially when I’m posting something to someone that’s paid money for my work, but I remind myself that my heart is in this completely. I’m a big believer of following your heart and I think if you are true to heart good things happen… Plus I’ve kept repeating a line from an old movie – ‘build it and they will come’! :-) Open the shop and see what happens. And good luck!
    Little White Dove.

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We have to remember that the little flaws and imperfections in the things we make are what makes them special. They are signs that they have been made with two hands, with love and care. And that’s why people buy handmade in the first place! Well done in taking the first step towards making your dreams come true :)

  14. Brenda April 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Hi, wow, that could be me you are writing about, I “make stuff” people tell me its lovely and I should have an etsy shop, I think, who would buy this its not good enough, I think of writing a blog, but think who would want to read about my boring life, so instead I read others blogs. Well done to you for stepping outside your comfort zone and not only doing these things but writing about the feelings behind them. xxBrenda

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Oh, do start a blog and an Etsy shop Brenda! If I can do it, you totally can too! x

  15. Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I’m so happy you’re finally opening an etsy store! So many times I’ve looked at your handmade bits and pieces and wished you’d sell them :)

    Jenn.

  16. Miss Piggy April 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I think your stuff is lovely – I’d buy one of those little cloth hearts for sure (so put it up on ETSY). Fear of failure is real…it’s scary putting yourself out there, but you really don’t have anything to lose. My problem is more that I’m kinda lazy in “meh” kinda way…inertia has set in in my old(er) age. I see you selling your stuff at local markets and also getting a few pieces into neat little local shops. Go for it…and I’ll have a cloth brooch thanks.

  17. Opal Neap April 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Katie,

    I have been a reader of your and Reuben’s blog for a little over a year and I just want to say that you guys inspire me so much.
    I, too, am a crafter but I tend to doubt myself a lot as well. As a 20 year old in college, money can be tight and time can be limited so my dreams of opening my very own Etsy shop and starting a blog as beautiful as yours seem somewhat far-fetched at the moment. I try and continue creating because I feel terrible when I don’t but I also feel as though my dreams are not for right now. I hope that I can find a place in my life when things settle down and I can focus on those things as you have. You guys are great motivators and so inspiring! Thank you!

    Best,
    Kaleigh (Opal Neap)

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Oh Kaleigh, thank you so much! It means so much to us to hear we inspire you, in any small way. Just please don’t do what I did and put off making your dreams come true for fear of failure… Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. xx

  18. Milk Thieves April 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Lovely, lovely Katie. I have been following your blog for a good while now and I just want to assure you that you are naturally adventurous, creative and humble. Three of the best qualities some of my favourite people posses because together they create so much potential.

    I don’t pretend to know everything about making a living from being creative, but my suggestion is to embrace your humble. Start off small with your Etsy shop and maybe adventure out to a special event crafty market one day. It’s where all the ‘big’ handmade folk start off. You should just do what you do and stop comparing Katiework to Everyoneswork. If everyone made the same thing in the same way it would be very boring.

    I would sell your pretty wares in Milk Thieves in a heart beat. And it would sell.
    x ~Emma-Lee

    • Katie
      Katie April 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and sage advice Emma-Lee! You are a gem. xx

      • Milk Thieves April 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

        I remember when I did my first market – it was terrifying! And when I decided to open a shop – even more terrifying! But you know what got me to do it? A little thought I had in my head that told that the worst thing that can happen isn’t actually THAT bad in the grand scheme of things :)

        All your House of Humble followers believe in you! You inspire us everyday.

  19. ThatGirlCal April 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I can definitely relate to so many elements of this post.

    Especially the following line…”Who would want to read a blog about a couple of nobodies interested in craft and cooking and gardening? Why would anyone care about our pursuit of a simpler, more sustainable life? What was the point? Why should we bother?!”

    I am at that exact point with a little blog I set up last year then lost my nerve! But maybe your post is the universe directing me to give it a shot.

    I’ve just discovered your blog and it pleases me to no end to see another couple, our age, that have a similar mindset.

    Oh & in regard to the Etsy shop, I’m definitely excited to see what is in store and will be checking in regularly. I’m sure it will be a raging success.

    Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all, is the saying I do believe!

    Cheers, Cal

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      I’m off to check out your blog right now Cal! I too love finding others our age who share our interests and views!! x

  20. Africanaussie April 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I have just found your blog through the kidspot awards – congratulations! I think most of us need to create things, and I cant tell you how many stashes I have of things i thought i might one day sell at the markets or on etsy. still haven’t done anything about it though, so your story really rings a little bell for me.. Your blog also sounds a little bit like mine a little gardening, a little crafting, a little simple living. I look forward to following along on your journey with you.

  21. Rebecca April 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Oh Katie!!! It feels like you have peered inside my head and stolen my thoughts. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I am a stay at home Mum who loves to make things and read blogs. I collect lots of things and love all things crafty and vintage. I would love to make things to sell and have my own blog. But I don’t think what I do would be good enough. There are so many creative, talented people out there and I just don’t think I can compete with that.

    Congratulations on overcoming your fears. Your blogs is an absolute pleasure to read and I can’t wait to see your etsy shop.

    xoxo

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      I think what helps is trying not to think of it as completing, but rather joining a community. That’s how I mustered up the courage to start blogging – I told myself I wasn’t trying to compete with other bloggers, I was just joining the conversation. I think that makes the prospect a bit less scary! If you do start a blog please let me know and I will come visit! x

  22. Esha April 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Beautiful post Katie :) And a great lesson!

    Love your conclusion that there are no failures. Only lessons. Absolutely true!

  23. jess April 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    It’s wonderful to hear your story and if anything you are echoing what I’ve been hearing everywhere lately! It all started when I heard the saying “action is the foundation to all success”. And now your beautiful and honest story. Can’t wait to see you flourish and grow on your journey, hopefully I too have the courage to start mine.

    xx

  24. Rita@thissortaoldlife April 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Go, Katie, go! Really, what else can I say? You have talent, and a dream, and the time in your life is right. Things often don’t line up like that. Jump through this window while it’s still open. (Says one who wishes she’d even been able to see the windows when in her 20s.)

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Rita, you are so right about it being rare to have everything lined up just right! Thank you for reminding me of that!! x

  25. Lucia April 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I love reading this post, very inspiring

  26. Lisa April 18, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me! It’s been 3 years since my battle with breast cancer and before that I was blessed to be able to provide childcare/homeschooling for my great niece. Now I am wanting more. My desire to write has been with me my whole life, but like you I have been paralyzed with fear. I always found an excuse to put it off, when my son’s grown, when we’re more financially set, always something. Now, those things are realities and I’m still standing still. Thank you for inspiring me to move forward, to look for those freelance opportunities and even start a blog, something I did during my treatments but haven’t continued.
    Thank you for letting me see in your life and share your dreams. My heart did a little happy dance when the two of you purchased your new home! Thank you for letting me know that I’m not alone! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!!

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank you so much for your lovely words Lisa. And I am so happy to hear you are well now! We just have to remember that no matter what the result, it’s always better to try than to not give things a go and spend the rest of our lives wondering what could have been. Wishing you all the very, very best in chasing your dreams!! x

  27. Mary April 18, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    I understand your fear of failure, what a great, relatable post. Thanks for sharing :) Also, your designs are just beautiful! I especially love your jewelry and that dress from the old sheets! How adorable!!! :)

    – Mary
    maryjozefiak.wordpress.com

  28. eliza April 18, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    good luck, darling! i love seeing what you’ve made so far, and i think you’re likely to flourish very well, if you’re willing to bet on yourself!

  29. Tammi April 18, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Oh I can totally relate to that fear of failure you talk about. I am the queen of self sabotage and over the years have stopped myself from fulfilling so many dreams due to fear! That said, I have learnt to recognise the signs and have slowly started to make my dreams a reality.
    Your work is gorgeous Katie, don’t let anything stand in your way.
    x

  30. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur April 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    OMG you sound exactly like me!! With blogging, crafting — everything! I tackled blogging almost a year ago, and was shocked when people began to comment and I was getting followers. My blog is still very small, but I am happy to have a small handful of people that really do seem to enjoy my writing/photos.
    More recently I tackled Etsy. It was rather terrifying, opening that shop! But the feeling of satisfaction that come once you have over come those fears is awesome!

    So best of luck to you with this creative venture! Your makes are gorgeous Katie, and you photograph them perfectly. My sister designs and makes jewellery by hand, and one of the hardest things she found in the beginning was learning to photograph it nicely.
    I’m sure you’ll do well on Etsy!! Good luck to you!! xxx

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank you Sarah and well done on tackling your own fears and making things happen! It’s truly inspiring. And I love your blog! xx

  31. Kathy April 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I thank you for being brave enough to admit all those feelings that I think most of us feel but may not say out loud. I think your jewellery is actually timeless, vintage and has warmth about it. All you can do is give it a go and remember like our goals sometimes they change over time due to circumstances and our interests so if you sell your little necklaces for a year and then decide you like something else to sell you just go right ahead and change the items. Just because you are selling these items today does not mean they have to be a huge success for 20 years….it has to be a way of having a creative outlet, something you love to do and make some money to support your simplier livestyle. I think a lot of people would have got a lot out of your post today including myself. Focus on your own dreams because they are real and that is the life you have. We all know there are lots of talented people in the world however there is room for one more girlfriend…………in the words of Nike – JUST DO IT. There is no contract, no rules just happiness with some money for your efforts. Congratulations and I’m pleased I found your blog from Rhonda at Down to Earth too because it’s nice to read about young people (I’m 49) wanting a more simplier meaningful life. A big tick from me. Go forth and create!!! PS Good on Reuben for pushing you. Nothing ventured nothing gained (but we all know that sounds great in theory, hard to put it into practise). Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you so much Kathy. And you are so right, just because I’m making jewellery now doesn’t mean I’m committed to doing the same thing for the rest of my life. There is plenty of time to pursue all the little ventures of my imaginings! :)

  32. Cassandra April 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Thankyou for your wonderful honest words Katie!! That big fat fear has lived on my back for many years. Honestly, the only reason I even opened up my shop was because the fear of not trying got bigger than the fear of failing. Not that I’m an overnight success, but at least I DID it.

    However, your creations are completely gorgeous and I can’t wait to see you sell out.

    After all, there is no failure. Only opportunities to learn, and grow.

    Big love from me!!

    • Katie
      Katie April 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Thanks Cassandra! I love what you said about the fear of not trying being bigger than the fear of failing. That is such a great way of looking at things! x

  33. Mamie girl April 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Oh boy, I feel like I could have written the exact same post, with some of the details changed. And at the same time it’s hard to read because I am super jealous that your are being so brave when that fear feels so constricting to me right now.

    Your jewellery is super cute xxx

  34. Sara April 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    i’ve been doubting myself and since ever and the same happened before i had the corage to start a blog,2013 is all about setting my dreams free.

    More than the actual result from the jewellery making and showing is that you faced your fears :)

  35. Genki April 20, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve been thinking about opening an Etsy shop for 5 years now! Ridiculous. It is these thoughts that have been swimming around my mind that has stopped me. But this year I have started steps to finally open my shop. I have actually created some products, and am almost ready to list them.

    I am still worried about failure, and still use my fears as an excuse to procrastinate, but keep trying to tell myself – “so what? Just try”.

    Your jewellery is beautiful and your blog is inspirational, I am sure you will succeed!

    • Katie
      Katie April 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Well done Genki! 2013 is THE year! Wishing you the very, vey best of luck with your shop :)

  36. Mevrouw Wispeltuut May 14, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    I wish I was so far at my journey! It’s almost the same story…

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