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When doubt rises… what we can do, together
Posted Nov 11, 2013
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When Doubt Rises

Every time I’m getting ready for a show it’s always a crazy time.  The preparation and the long hours of getting inventory ready. Packing a truck full of displays and then setting everything up. Fussing over every detail, turning pieces just right and so on until I have to tell myself to stop and just let it be.

Days before the show an anxiousness starts to build and my thoughts go to what if no one like my stuff, what if I don’t make any money, let alone cover my expenses, what if, what if.  Every time I put my artwork out there in the world it’s always such a personal thing because each piece is part of me. They not only carry my name, but my life, experience, hurt, healing and growth.

The show went well, but the best thing I received was confirmation that my mission and message of my art speaks to women. That it meets them at their point and place of need.  I had tears, and stories of divorce, disappointment and cancer.  Each soul looking for a message of hope… something to chase the doubt and fear away.

I have said it before, but I will say it again…. we are all more alike than we are different.

I had my doubt and fear going into the show…. (I always do).. and I met women with the same doubts and fears. Different yes. Our paths are different, our circumstances vary, yet we all have our inner battles.

Doubt is quiet and creeps in slowly, with our inner critic whispering and poking at our vulnerable places.

Our doubts can say many things like: you will never sell anything, your not an artist, you will be alone, the hurt will not go away, you are not worthy of staying with, why didn’t I do more, Your voice doesn’t matter, maybe I will never have children, maybe I will not heal.

All so different, with the same sting attached.

Soo, we need to be good to each other, bond together and lift each other up. With prayers, words, love, kindness and practical everyday, “You can do it!” encouragement.

Here are a few steps that we can take in our own lives or in the lives of others to push past the doubt and fear. And to help us realize our unique purpose and gifts.

1. Recognize and Share It.

They say that realizing where you’re at, what’s happening inside, is half the battle of conquering. But it is so true! Know that, that doubt and voices are just that. Then write it out, paint it out, shout it out.  Just the acknowledgement can quiet the storm.

2. Surround yourself with good and ask for help.

Once you recognize what the heck is going on, find your safe place and person and share it.  Something happens when things go from in our head, out our mouth.  The doubt and voices lose power. They seem almost ridiculous when we say them out loud and when you’re with someone who knows and loves you they can reinforce the positive. Don’t be afraid to ask for feed back.  Ask about what your feeling and if it has any validity.  Most often it will be absolutely NOT!

3. Acceptance.

We will always have doubts and fears.  If I meet someone who says that they don’t, I don’t believe them. Even the most successful, confident people deal with the dark side every now and then. Accept it!  Those feelings are part of who we are and are sooo important to our growth, understanding and empathy. So while I hate that place, when it happens, more often than not for me..I get a little forlorn and then… it challenges me, causes me to reach out, to bolster my resolve and give me a kick in the pants.  One of my favorite authors and inspirational people is Danielle Laporte this is a quote from her “There is no way to get to Awesomeness without first walking through that dark.”

4. Write out the opposite

Often I will write out the opposite of how I’m feeling. For example: My doubt says … No one will buy my art – The opposite is … people buy my art everyday.   Doubt says:  Am I good artist? – the opposite – I’m a damn good artist, people email me that all the time!  OOH see it’s already working.  I start getting fired up, like a coach giving a pep talk…. pretty soon I will be high fiving someone and screaming “HHHeeeelll YeeaaaH!”

5. Take Action.

Move! Take Action!  Go for a walk, dance, go to the gym, take a kick boxing class, get a nerf bat and beat the heck out of your pillow, paint, sew, refinish some furniture, clean the cupboards, drive somewhere and watch the sunset or sunrise, grab your camera and take a photo tour of your neighborhood…. just do something different!!!  Change up the scenery get out of the funky rut and breathe, laugh.  Shake it off!

6. Love and help another.

When we stop thinking for a moment, (I’m not saying not deal with what’s going on) about our doubt, and give to someone, love someone, that is is need. It gives us some head space to get perspective.  Feed the homeless, help a neighbor, meet with a girlfriend and console or encourage, fill a backpack for a needy child, plan thanksgiving dinner for a family who is struggling.   When we change our patterns or our though patterns even for a moment it can be the break that our brains need to get a better perspective.  Our neural pathways are ingrained in us and we need to shake things up to see change.

**As a little side note here, if you can’t shake your doubt and fear and it is turning into something more like depression.  See a professional. I have spent a lot of years talking things out with some amazing professionals who are part of my reinforcement everyday. When things arise that I suddenly feel like I can’t handle, I turn to the lessons I learned through my therapy. It will be the best money you have ever spent and there is absolutely, positively, NO SHAME in seeing someone to help you!***

You are perfectly imperfect and that is a beautiful thing! There is nothing sexier that a women who knows who she is, the good, the bad, and the even better!

We as women uniquely understand the inner battle that goes on each day inside of us. Lets encourage each other, love each other and be a safe place for each other.

You are in my heart and a part of me.

Big Hugs and Smile=Shawn

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Posted Nov 11, 2013
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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!

26 Comments

  1. Carmen Whitehead

    Thank you Shawn for all you do. You are truly an inspiration to us and never doubt yourself and the work you do. You have a gift from God in your talent and you are using that gift to help others. That is His purpose for you! Luv u and Bless u!

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    • Shawn

      Carmen… thank you! We’re all in this together. Hugs

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  2. cindy

    Were you reading my mind or something, All the way to JITT saturday a.m. self doubt, will I sell anything, Did I do all this work for strangers for nothing? Will anyone like me. The answer was they liked me. ( although I forgot to tell people to like my fb page) r
    Remember I told you Jeff’s big number that I thought was so out of reach, well got it, He was right. I had a blast although this thrifty sister was one tired sister after the show.
    thanks for writing words that make me feel like I’m not alone. 🙂 cindy

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  3. Roz Mosbrucker

    Shawn – I met you this past weekend at JITT – Westworld. I bought your “Trust” piece for my daughter and she loved it. I asked about classes – I live on the West Side. Just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work – We all need more positivity in our lives!
    Roz

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    • Shawn

      Thanks Roz! I’m so glad your daughter liked it. Your free download is on the way – Hugs Shawn

      Reply
  4. Jeanie Martin

    Just what I needed at this time in my life. Your writing is so heartfelt. Thank you for that. Now hurry up the 29th, I can’t wait for your sale, I need gifts for my besties. I shopped your store last night……patiently waiting……..not. Lol

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    • Shawn

      Thanks Jeanie!!! Hugs!

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  5. Miranda Zitting

    this is absolutly beautiful. How I wish I could be creative like that, how I wish iwas more artistic then I am.

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  6. Bonnie King

    Your work is beautiful and your words are inspiring!

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    • shawn

      Bonnie, Thank you so much! hugs!

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  7. Maggie Miller

    Your words comfort me and today was the time I needed to find them. Bless you in all you do. I will be able to rise above my circumstances, move onward and upward with my craft and I will be supportive to the other women I meet. I will share with them. Thank you

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    • shawn

      Maggie,
      I’m so glad that my words came at the right time. I wrote those words almost 7 years ago and they still are such a message I need to hear. Thanks for sharing the journey with me. You are loved!

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  8. Gina

    Beautiful art and expression..touches my heart !

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    • shawn

      Thanks so much and so glad your here!

      Reply
  9. Berlynda

    This is awesome. I love your story and I am in agreement with you on loving ourselves and each other. God bless you.

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    • shawn

      Thanks so much for watching! Many blessings back!

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  10. Rikki johnson

    Read this first then no after getting out of bed trying to get ready for a new day of soul searching, putting on the “fake it till you feel it” face , all knowing my two daughter angels are weighing heavily on my heart. This gives me hope. Not that my grief will ever be gone but will subside enough to have some joy in my life. Cancer sucks and it took both of my daughters too soon. Moms are supposed to be in heaven waiting for their children.

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    • shawn

      Oh Rikki,

      My heart hurts for you, It is unthinkable that our children would leave before we do. I’m so sorry for you loss and those words seem so shallow compared to the grief that I know you feel.
      Please know that I’m saying a prayer for you today and will keep you in my prayers going forward. I pray that there will be joyful moments and that you will have some relief of all of this within your creative
      practice.

      You are so so loved! Hang on to hope my friend.

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  11. Carol Garner

    I love this!!! Just found it on Pinterest. If it’s not too late, I would love to have the download. garnerca@byui.edu

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    • shawn

      Carol, I’m so sorry this download isn’t available any longer. It was from 5 yrs ago. Sorry again, so glad you found me and enjoy this!

      Reply
  12. Angela Jaynes

    Wow!! Your work is simply put….phenomenal! You are very talented, beautiful, & inspiring. You have an amazing gift to meet people where they are in their journey and touch them deeply with your art!! Blessings to you and yours.

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    • shawn

      Angela, You’re so sweet! Thank you for such kind words! Hugs!

      Reply
  13. Joanna Cilli

    Though your art caught my eye on Pinterest, your words caught my heart. They were what I needed to hear today. Thank you for putting yourself out into the world with your heart and mind.

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    • Shawn

      Joanna, I sent you an email with a free print. I hope you enjoy it! Hugs!

      Reply
  14. Charlotte

    Shawn I love your art, good words and talent! I wanted to respond to the above post but the 2013 pic date made me doubtful! Your words are as beautiful as your art!!! Then I kept scrolling and there were your comments from ‘21. So I sending this anyhow 😊 Gonna try and send the above to my daughter Such encouraging words. Thank you !

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    • Shawn

      Hi Charlotte! Can I send the print to the email you used to make the comment? I hope that this print will inspire and encourage your daughter. Thanks so much for being here! Hugs!

      Reply

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