close-up of a mixed media art piece
30 day challenge – Day 1
Posted Nov 2, 2012

I was given a 30 day challenge… to blog everyday for the month of November. I accepted the task with excitement thinking that it would be good for me and my blog and business etc…but….. as November 1st quickly approached (and I mean quickly) I began to get really nervous about my new endeavor   Sooo honestly…. what will I have to say? will it be good? who will listen? who really even cares about my 30 day challenge? do i have anything of interest to write about?..this is silly, do I really need to do this?…… I finally had to say shhhhhhh to my crazy inside voice. Quiet down insecurities!  So to talk myself off the ledge i have come to the conclusion ……that these next 30 days are for me….. just me….. to grow, to be brave, vulnerable, and get real cozy with my inside thoughts. If anyone happens to stop by and read my rantings… so be it…(thats inside talk trying tell myself it’s gonna be ok!)  I used to write every day and this week i got my dusty, dingy journals out and they were like long lost friends… each page took me back to where I was when I wrote them and the joy, fear, anger, realization, growth, ooooh sweet memories filled each page.  I cried….because its been soo long since I have poured out my soul like that… years since I’ve tapped into the stirring, creative inside part of writing and just the amazing things that happens when you write… The other thing that came to me as I hugged those familiar pages… was, how genuine, raw, emotional and GOOD they were… they were beeeaaauuutiful!  I am looking forward to pushing myself to write again… and yes the fear is still there but that good kinda fear … you know the fear where you have circles turning in your stomach … like right before you go on a roller coaster ride…… or first kiss fear… sooooo good!  I’m excited so see how I will grow…how I will change and how I will get back to that part of me that wrote sooo long ago!

Big Smile……Shawn

Closing signature

This post contains affiliate links 

This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission and we are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Posted Nov 2, 2012
Headshot photo of artist

Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Graphic for mixed media insider membership

Mixed media insider Membership

A monthly subscription to creativity. Each month new workshops, Sunday inspiration breakdown, mixed media basics, techniques and so much more.


Learn more and free preview

Spice Up Your Inbox!

Our creative art resources are full of joy and inspiration! By joining my mailing list you get access to our free, subscriber-only resource library and more! Join today to get 20% off your first order!