It's all Possible.

Dogwood Festival

I have always had private markers stretched out before me that I felt would check off points of personal success. Things I want but wasn't sure I could achieve. Some of them are short-term goals and some of them long.

In my own mind these things can be a bit intimidating. They are the things that push me to keep moving forward but also bring out the dark secretive thoughts that criticize my work and fear it is not good enough. It's a yen and a yang though for without the fears..... I would not continue to evolve and push myself and through pushing myself I sometimes find I can achieve these goals that seem so difficult when set.

One of my personal goals has been to exhibit at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Considered the premiere show in Atlanta it showcases some pretty extraordinary talent and has course some amazing metalsmiths. Every year I apply and each year I have been declined invitation.

Today I was throwing myself a small pity party, as I was not invited to a local show that highlights both local and national metalsmiths. All of the voices in my head came out to join the party when I received the e-mail congratulating me for my acceptance to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Instant validation prevailed and I realized that I have come so far and perhaps a small nod of encouragement from myself would not be outlandish.  This is a big step mentally for me and I feel that I am on track and moving in the right direction. Again, I must remember to believe in the possibilities and myself even when they seem distant.

Never give up. Always believe. It is all possible.


Nathalie Girard - Canadian Rockies Art said...

Delias, congratulations on your acceptance at the Dogwood Festival!

Your work is soooooo beautiful, don't doubt yourself (I know, much easier said than done...).

You inspire me and I know that you inspire many other jewelry designers as well.

At each level, as we grow and develop, there's always going to be designers that are more advanced than we are (and they inspire us and also make us question our own talent in comparison....), and others that we inspire as they begin their journey (and they are inspired by us and they question their own talent in comparison).

These are normal feelings (I sure we have them all). Rejoice and learn from this great opportunity and come back here and tell us all about it :)

Cheers from Canada,

Metallo Bianco Jewelry said...

Oh that is wonderful! It is a big accomplishment and you deserve it...I adore your work. I love how these steps in our creative journey renew our spirit and propel us forward. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing your booth! Yay!!

Grammatically Delicious Designs said...

Congrats! The post itself was so inspirational. I think it is time for me to make some goals for myself before the new year. Sometimes I forget to move forward and just spin in place.