Sunday, September 16, 2012

growing pains

We're a little over 2 months along in our journey toward making our livelihood doing what we love. Most of the time we go to bed feeling on top of the world, excited to follow our dreams of working together, spending time with our children and generally being fulfilled.  Other times, however, it's hard to ignore the whisper of that little self-doubt bug.  Isn't this an awful big risk?  What if you spend all this time and energy putting yourself out there and no one likes what you make?  Shouldn't work be miserable?

In that sense, I guess that we're not that different from Max and Miles.  Along with maturity come growing pains.  If we didn't experience these moments, then chances are we're not growing.


Jennifer Edwards said...

Suzanne, I didn't realize this was such a new venture for you and your husband. Congrats to you! I have just finished reading an amazing book titled " The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. It has profoundly affected me and I will be making some long overdo changes in how I think about this calling to create art and make it my life. I offer it to you and Edgar. You guys are far ahead of me in this, but perhaps it will encourage you to keep on keepin' on. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

It's exciting to hear about people doing what they want for a living. That is my dream, and not having it bugs me every morning before work at the office. And you don't have to worry about others not liking what you make. I'm already a huge fan!

anopensketchbook said...

Jennifer---Sounds like a visit to the library is in our future. Thanks so much for the book recommendation. We have been working off and on at this business for quite some time, but only recently have we made the decision to fully dive in. All tips and/or recommendations are appreciated.

Jen---Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Trust me, we've experienced that same buggy feeling for a long time ourselves. Don't doubt that one day it will change for you as well!

Jen Yancey said...

these words speak to me today!! I continue to also have self doubt. even wonder if and when i will ever see this adventure truly take flight.

you guys are amazing and i know you both will do amazing things... we need to calibrate somehow :)


Meili said...

What is life without risk? Boring, that's what! I love your sketches. Keep working hard and loving your boys and each other. You'll make it!

Molly said...

I'm so proud of you guys. Such talent between the two of you!!!! Now that I'm a full time stay at home mama, I'm following my dreams too!!! Life is so short, we all must do what we love best.
I will also say that couponing has truly aided me in following my dream without totally breaking the bank. I would love to help you if you need it:).

TeresaR said...

With so much talent between the two of you, I have the utmost faith that you'll succeed. Sometimes, success is propped up by lot of patience though. :}

Wishing all the best, always!

Edgar Cabrera said...

Thank you all for the encouragement! Sometimes that's all you need to keep going!

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I started a business as a writer over 3 years ago, and right around the time we got pregnant with my daughter (now almost 2), my husband got laid off- ON our anniversary. The following 15 months were the hardest season we've been through, because of that very doubt... He constantly wondered if he should be working with me, starting his own business, or just looking for a "regular job." Everyone said he should just get a job, but he just didn't feel right about it, even though the alternative felt very risky. Now he's in a perfect position of co-running a web design company from home, it's perfect for us, but it was scary at first.

He's since commented that he now pays special attention to those little urges he gets to do the thing that society wouldn't call 'safe' or 'normal,' because it's usually God leading Him in the direction of something better. :)

I recently heard a pastor say that the decisions we make in times of transition are inordinately important because they set the tone for the next season. I know you guys have wonderful favor and blessings ahead of you, so just keep faithfully "chipping away" at your vision!