Ready. Set. Go!

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Hi there!

I am SO excited (and terrified) to be launching my website and sharing my thoughts with you about my journey. This is actually my first blog post, EVER. So bear with me as I try and entertain you all with my stories and experiences, and maybe impart a little bit of wisdom along the way.

Even though this will be the official start for Wanderbrush, the actual beginning was a little over a year ago, and it has been a long road to say the least. There were times I thought I was going to get here much sooner, and then times where I didn't know whether this day would come at all. 

The first big obstacle was having confidence in my skills and believing in myself that I was good enough to start something and create art for others. It was always so much of "but I need more practice, I need to get better." And I stopped myself from sharing with friends and family, which made it hard to get the support and encouragement I needed. So when I finally got past a little of the fear (and with a strong push from those closest to me), I found out that people actually liked what I was doing, and I was actually good! If you haven't seen my Instagram post about celebrating progress, I'll say some of it here: perfectionism is the enemy of progress! It became really important for me to enjoy the process and celebrate the little steps. I learned that if I got hung up on trying to make one thing perfect, I would never get anywhere. So that was a big step for me as an artist. 

Second big obstacle was DEADLINES. I think I still dislike them, but I'm slowly (emphasize slowly) learning that they are good for me, and they will help me reach my goals. I am not sure why I was never really great at them, but part of this process revealed a lot. I was supposed to launch back in March 2017 (yes, 6 months ago). But all of this was so new to me, I didn't know how to give myself realistic and timely deadlines. So I set another goal for June 2017, but that didn't quite happen either. The point I wanted to make was that so much goes on behind the scenes, and it took me A LOT of hard work and late nights to get here. So if you are trying to do a project of your own, don't be discouraged. You will get there! Just keep sticking to it, and you'll learn along the way what works and what doesn't. Needless to say, here we are in September 2017, and I am finally launching! 

Of course, I didn't do any of this all by myself. I had the most supportive and encouraging boyfriend (who loves deadlines). He has been here the whole way and helped me in basically every aspect of this journey. From words of encouragement to constructive criticism (which I didn't like at the time, but have grown because of it!) to helping me put this whole website together. I wanted to give the biggest shout out to him (thank you!). Also, my beautiful friends and family! For showing me so much support and positivity, but still sitting with me in the pit of struggle when I needed it. This one is for you (you know who you are, although if you are unsure, my bad). 

Last, but not least, I want to thank YOU if you read my whole post and made it this far! I am so very thankful for you and glad you are here to share in my journey. I will have more stories and tidbits to share (and hopefully, you will find them interesting). For now, please enjoy my new website, and maybe I can create something for you in the near future! :)

With love, Sapphira

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