“I want to be an artist!”

My own story is actually not too far off from this little boy’s. In elementary school, I hadn’t spent a remarkable amount of time thinking about what I wanted to do when I grew up. My best friend and the smartest girl in our class said she wanted to either be a lawyer or the president. While that seemed a bit ambitious, I remember thinking that she could probably do it if she really wanted to. And so I think I even surprised myself a little with my answer when one of my fourth grade teachers asked me the same question one day. “I want to be an artist.” I said boldly and out loud. To this day, I can vividly remember the sound of her laughter. “Do you draw?” she asked judgtngly, as my mom looked on. “No,” I shot back. “Maybe I’ll be an abstract artist.” She threw her head back and cackled like that was the most ridiculous thing she had ever heard in her life.

-Excerpt from Never or Now

“Maybe ‘the grass is always greener’ until we actually show up to do the hard work”

Maybe “the grass is always greener” until we actually show up to do the hard work of earning that grass and then we realize the grass is actually a light yellow color when you look at it up close. And it actually takes a whole lot of work to get it to look that perfect green color. Like years and years and years of hard, thankless work. But, eventually, it will turn to green. But then nobody even realizes how much work you had to do to get it to look that way. They just assume that’s how it came.

-Excerpt from Never or Now


 

Don’t stomp out other people’s dreams. It’s quite possible that you have no idea what they’re actually capable of. Now apply this same concept to yourself.

— Excerpt from A Guide to Beginning