It took the worst job of my life to yield the best job of my life. Twelve years ago I started a stationery business in a rural area without a single industry contact and no formal design training. The fear was almost paralyzing. I mean, seriously, it was crazy. I didn't know a soul in my field. And 12 years ago, there was no social media, no wedding blogs and people rarely worked with long distance creative partners. But my existing situation was awful. A high-tech marketing job fraught with frustration and unhappiness (and worse). So, I decided to let my motivation for something better trump fear.
I wanted a creative life. I wanted to spread joy. I wanted to make things. I have worked hard to accomplish these goals. And the joy of what I do today is my ongoing motivation to be a better designer, to break molds, to deliver beauty and to live fulfilled. I never want to lose that joy.
I learned that finding what truly motivates you will be your lifeline when panic, envy, doubt, drought and success bang at your door. I also discovered that the things that scare you can keep you alive. -CT