The Truth About Courage

What is Courage?

The dictionary meaning of courage is this: "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, pain, danger, etc, without fear."

I disagree.

I think courage is doing something, even if it frightens you. "Do it scared", as they say. Or how about "be scared, do it anyway". I see the posts all over social media and in any entrepreneur business class I have ever taken, or started and not taken.

I do think there is something to it, the whole being scared and doing it anyway. A few years ago I saw a post on Facebook that read "What is one thing you would do today if you weren't scared?" I answered it in my head and then I thought, to hell with it, I'm going to try it. That was teaching myself to paint. I practiced courage then. A practice it is! That's where I think the misconception is, that you either are courageous or not. I think it's something we practice throughout our lives. 

I believe we are all some level of courageous, we just don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about it. or analyzing all of the things we do every damn day that take courage. Sometimes getting out of bed, getting dressed, going to work, all takes courage. I also believe that over the years we replace courage with words like responsibility, career, commitments... What do you think?

How about "Creativity takes Courage".

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It's true, Creativity does take courage. For those of us who share our work with others, it takes a whole lot of courage. We are putting ourselves out there to be criticized, ridiculed, made fun of, judged, and that is really difficult.

But I am learning that it's difficult for you too. The people who want to learn, who want to take a class, the ones who watch the how to videos in the privacy of your own homes, craving to learn how to learn that cool new thing. You also need to move into your courage,  and learn to embrace it. I hear you, I know you. You may even be the one who thinks, "wow, you've got something I wish I had." Well let me tell you this, you do have it. It is courage that shows up when you say yes when your mind, your fear, your ego tells you no, or tells you you can't do it. Just like creativity is a practice, so is courage. Before I was able to share any of my work, I had stacks of canvases that were horrible, dozens I threw out and dozens I painted over, sometimes more than once. Some of my pretty paintings, actually hold an ugly, possibly puke colored painting beneath them!

I want you to know that creativity resides within you, I hope that you decide to embrace it and live up to your potential!

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There's so much to share with you!

I am super proud of a new workshop that I have created, All about Layering, A 5 week Intuitive Painting Art Class. As I grow my business, I am learning what you all want, and I put this class together with you in mind. It moves at a great pace to allow you to learn and practice, discover and grow, and I want to share it with you! You will learn the basics on what you need to get started, how to use all of the supplies you need and you will have fun layering with paint and ink and stencils! You can learn all about it here on the classes page.  There is an early booking bonus that ends May 17th so be sure to book before then!

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If you have a teenage daughter, I am offering a fabulous workshop for girls Age 11-16, I Am More. I really put my heart and soul into this one, and I hope that there is enough interest to make it a go. I created a workbook for the workshop (yikes that was a huge learning curve for me!), and new creative activities! It will be about soul searching for them, finding the answers as we practice creating, and hopefully they will find inspiration and empowerment that comes with discovering exactly who they are! You can learn all about that here, on the classes page too. The early booking for this one closes at the end of May.

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Check out the NEW Party Room!

We have always hosted birthday parties, stagette  parties, ladies nights and work events, but now we have a separate pretty room for when the event calls for it!

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There's always something new going on it seems like! But I do like change! If you have any questions at all about any of the workshops, or would like to book your own private creativity party, please e mail me! Just hit reply to this e mail! I hope to see you soon. I hope you enjoy the sunshine this week!

Tannis