Step outside of your comfort zone.

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Step outside of your comfort zone. Do it. Trust me. Don’t ever get too comfortable. We are creatures of habit, there is no doubt about that, and we love our comfort. We stay in relationships, jobs and cities that bring us no joy, yet they are safe, comfortable. But why? Is it not better to jump, to risk it all, or at least risk a little in the hope that it will pay off? And if it doesn’t, we will surely learn a lot from trying, and have a better idea of what we want and what direction makes sense for us…

There is never a right time, you will never feel ready, have enough money, be thin enough, etc, stop waiting for the right moment to act on whatever wish or desire it is that you crave, the right moment will never come, you could wait a life time for it. The right moment is now. Go with it, do it, the rest will fall into place, it may just take time. I know some may think I am foolish and perhaps naive to encourage, think, and for the most part try to live by, these ideas, but the reality is, if you are reading this right now, probably on a smart phone, you are already in the top 2% (or is it 1%…?) of the entire world. You live in absolute luxury. I am guessing here, but I will go with it, you have already eaten at least once today, you are wearing relatively new clothes and shoes, you will go home to a safe, warm, sheltered house and have a sound sleep in a comfortable bed. Then you will wake up again and have a shower in running, warm, clean water. This is to name a few, as I’m sure you can now reflect on all the other luxuries that you are surrounded by. My point is, you already have everything you NEED, (and more!) so what are you waiting for, or saving for…. life will keep on going, the world will keep on spinning, so if there is something you want to do, stop making excuses about money or time, and start acting. Yes in an ideal world you can save for a while if that is what you need to do, but whatever it is, make a plan, and make it happen, even if you only take some small steps now, it is better than doing nothing and just talking about what you will do if and when this and that happens and continuing to cruise along waiting for something amazing to come and slap you in the face without you even trying – that, in my opinion, is foolish, nothing is going to land on your door step unless you take action or make positive steps to make it happen.

If you do continue to wait for the right moment, even if it does come, it may then be too late, because you will be too comfortable and will never know how it feels to fall, to jump, to take a risk, to brave the unknown, nothing worth doing was ever easy or however the saying goes… Growth, real growth, can only really happen when you push yourself, come up against your edge, out of your comfort zone and into the depths of the unknown.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” –  Franklin D. Roosevelt

The people who ‘succeed’ do not necessarily have the most money or ideal circumstances, they just did, they made do with whatever they had. So, improvise, problem solve, use your head, be inventive, get creative, there is always a way around it, you may just have to think a bit harder about the solution.

Only when you truly embrace the lack of time, or money or whatever it is you are waiting to save you, can you really push yourself, take risks and make progress. It is about being brave, courageous and perhaps ever so slightly foolish.

Let yourself fall into the faith that things will work out, trust that thought, believe it, even if it is rocky for a while, that is all part of it and I truly believe things will inevitably come around again, maybe not in the exact shape that you envisioned, but that’s ok. On the other hand if you sit and wait for the right moment, you will gain nothing, apart from more fear of the unknown and more anxiety of all the things you don’t have or have never done.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs

Thanks again for reading,

Holly

http://www.hollysharpe.com

Breathe.

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If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I have gone from posting quite a lot, to posting nothing at all for over a month now… I needed, wanted, a break. I knew June was set to be a crazy busy month, with work and life, so this was something I felt I had to do, something had to give. Or maybe I just had to close off everything I could for a while. Being a creative is so different, I imagine anyway, from how it must have been back in the day. I can post something before, during and after I have created it, instantly, it has the potential to be seen my thousands of people. This is great, and it keeps me going when people are encouraging etc. But actually, it also adds a whole other element that sometimes I’m not sure is such a good thing. Art needs time, I need time. I need space, a whole lot of space, anyone that knows me well probably knows that too. I cope very well in my own company, but at the same time am very sociable and thrive of the energy of others. But to create my work, and sink into the zone, that blissful place where everything makes sense, I need time, and when life gets so busy and things are so up and down, I will draw back, go back into my shell where it feels safe. The problem is, I have enjoyed being in that space a little too much, I thought I would miss Instagram at least, but I really don’t think I have, it’s like it never happened, I adapted to the change extremely quickly. I will be back, and probably soon… I have a new group of illustrations I have been trying to finish – little preview above of one that is still under construction/ still doing alterations to, but you get the idea… – so will most likely be back when they are finished, and I feel ready to show you them…. LOTS more ideas I want to work on too, but as usual it is a question of time… something I tend to be very unrealistic about.

I still feel like I am trying to catch up with myself, and my work. Speeding along against time, knowing I will never beat it or even come close. And then I try to remind myself, that is not the way to live, there is no use in constantly aiming and clinging to the next goal, the next thing, the next event etc, we must live for today, now, whilst trying to sensibly plan a bit for the days ahead at the same time….

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

Since I have been offline, amongst other things I have crammed in: two weddings, one in an idyllic forest, one in the Scottish Highlands, a trip to Cologne to do an art market/ show, ate some German food, spoke some German, made some new friends, flew home again, been to a three day festival in Scotland, got rained on, got sunned on, danced, jumped in a waterfall and lazed around with my best friends, turned 29, started the process of moving house, taken lots of photos, read some new books, tried to learn some more French, yoga, running, more running, been to Edinburgh, came back, created some new work, looked over some old work, written down lotsss of new ideas, taken more photos, written some words, read some more words, done some more yoga, started to prepare/ organise for an upcoming art fair in London as well as a three week arts market in the Edinburgh festival…. so ye, it’s been a busy month and a bit!

Of course, no picture can sum all of that up… maybe I’ll share some more photos in another post… but for now, here is a random pic from Cologne.

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I hope to post again soon with more words and images of what I have done and what I am still to do, as well as the usual random, but hopefully always engaging, musings.

Until then,

Holly

email: hollysharpe@live.com

http://www.hollysharpe.com