Growing Pains

"My job is to get you comfortable with being uncomfortable."       -- Glynn Hodges

I'm just going to say it - I'm exhausted.  Mentally and emotionally exhausted.  Over the past three weeks, I've introduced myself to strangers, entertained guests, asked people for help/favors, and given an oral presentation of my work.  It may not sound like much to you but to a shy, introverted, small town artist, it's a LOT!  In all these situations, even having friends stay at my house, I felt very exposed and unsure of myself.  But I put myself in these situations intentionally because I know it's good for me.  I know it will help me to grow as a person and as an artist.

Several weeks ago I found out about an opportunity for North Carolina artists to present their work to a museum curator.  Five minutes to present 15 pieces.  It's a fabulous opportunity but I did NOT want to do it.  So I played a little mind-game with myself.  I could easily talk myself out of doing it, but I knew if I told my business coach he would challenge me to do it, and I can't resist a good challenge.  So I did, and he did, and that's how I ended up spending most of the last week writing and practicing for this presentation.  (I cut the first half in the interest of time) 



Afterward, I realized the presentation wasn't that big of a deal.  The curator's response, however, was.  She simply confirmed my thoughts on the bull painting.  The validation felt good, but it also stung as I realized that I have a lot of work to do to get where I want to go with my paintings.  That's the result of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable: growing pains.  It's not my first experience with them and it won't be my last.  It's what drives us to reach new heights.

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  • Thanks for sharing your experience. Well said. Took alot of courage. All the best!

    Laura McManus
  • Lisa, you are an inspiration to people of all professions around the globe; only a person exceptionally dedicated and passionate about their profession can be as humble and transparent to strangers as you are. You and your art creations are an amazing example of the results one can achieve when he/she stretches and operates outside their comfort zone. I believe you have found your personal success formula. The mathematical version of this might look something like this: Success = A-CZ (L+H+T+ P+S). The “A“ represents Action, “CZ” for Comfort Zone, “L” for Learning, “H” for Humility, “T” for transparency, “P” for Passion and the “S” for Stickability, the ability to never give up.

    I am confident that you WILL NOT be another talented person contributing to the richest real estate in the world. Just in case you are wondering where this rich place is: “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, the paintings that were never painted, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” ~Les Brown

    Glynn Hodges
  • Loved your presentation Lisa! And so enjoyed how you sequenced your artistic journey. Your segues were perfect! Have missed conversing on Facebook with you, but so glad to hear that you are continuing to step out of your comfort zone and move into the plan God has uniquely prepared for you! 💝

    Trace Kennedy
  • Wow – this took courage! I listened to your presentation and you spoke beautifully and it was as if the presentation went on a journey and you explored the answers to your own artistic questions along the way. Your animals are truly soul-full. I know how hard it is to share your work this way and be so vulnerable. I fight hard everyday to move forward with my art and you have given me courage today!!! Well done!!!

    Sara Demrow Dent
  • I loved the presentation! and of course i always love your work of animals. And good for you that you are continuing to strive for more. :)


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