Passion can be a confusing thing. I won’t lie to you and say I have always been passionate about calligraphy. When looking back on my childhood, I do vividly remember learning cursive and looked forward to my art classes but I would have never told you at age 8 that I wanted to be a calligrapher when I grew up. But, I think that’s the exciting part of life. God takes us down different paths and opens the doors to experiences we would have never written for ourselves, but somehow happens to be exactly where we are supposed to be. That is what molded and evolved my passion for calligraphy, art and design.
When I first started practicing calligraphy, I took on jobs for free and just saw it as a fun hobby. The minute people other than my family and friends wanted to actually pay me money is when I became a little more hesitant on sharing what I was doing. I doubted myself and my work and couldn’t believe people would actually pay me for my work! Comparing yourself truly is the thief of joy. When it all came down to it, I really, really enjoyed what I was doing. I was passionate about it. It came from my soul, so I had no choice but to share it with everyone I knew, or I wasn’t being true to myself. Sure I still second guess myself. And I fail. All. The. time. But I read a quote once that said, "successful people don’t fail less, they simply try more." So I constantly take a step back to remind myself that every artist or entrepreneur started somewhere. Everyone has been where you’ve been. And at the end of the day, there is always someone who won’t choose your flavor. And that’s ok. Keep doing your thing.
One thing about my creative process is that I try not to share my work with anyone before it’s complete. Outside opinions or distractions “i.e. social media and Pinterest” can kind of play with your creative groove so I do my best to steer clear of those. Listen to music and get outside inspiration, but sometimes when I’m stuck on something I’ll share my work with my sister or bounce ideas off my aunt. I know they will be honest and give me a different perspective.
My friends and family have been very encouraging in my journey. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without them, but one person I have to give a shout out to is my friend, Chris (miss you!). There aren’t really words, even though I try to thank her all the time. But she really surprised me. She didn’t have to be nice to me at all. I was just starting out, had no idea what I was doing and she let me host my very first calligraphy class in her shop. She’s given great advice, constant encouragement and has been a HUGE cheerleader to me and my work.
Similar to creativity, passion is ever flowing, and constantly evolving. If you had asked me what I was passionate about 3 years ago, I would have had a completely different answer than I have today. But, it’s almost as if it’s always been buried down there just waiting to be dug up. When you’re passionate about something, it is an extension of you, expressed not only through your work but in your daily life. The choice is yours on what you choose to do with it!
Designer for S&G