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Learning to Love

Things I Learned (To Love) About Myself During My First Year As a Freelancer

They say that it’s great pressure that removes impurities and creates diamonds. If not for the hard times, we wouldn’t be able to expose the dark parts of ourselves to the light. Well, thanks to the past 12 months of my freelance career, my skeletons are out of the closet and doing a tap dance routine in my living room. From the constant solitude, to the pressure to perform, the glorious rejections, and mind altering approvals, my dirt has been put on display day in and day out for one year and the experience has changed me for good.

Of all the shifts, the ability to recognize my real self, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and I love me anyway has been the greatest take away. I’ve been shown my strengths and my weaknesses, faced the dragon, slayed it, and received a well-deserved aha moment to cap off the adventure. Each victory refined me into a new person, but at the same time made me more me than I was before.

The mark of a great relationship is the ability to see the other person as they are and love them anyway. I think now I am in a fantastic relationship with me and it is getting serious.

Here are a few of my hard earned pearls. I share in hopes that they resonate in others and set them on their journey….

You are good, you are enough.
One of the hardest lessons to learn and even harder to walk out each day – YES, I can tell a great story and people will want to listen to it.

I am an expert in my world, and I should never discount my knowledge.
In the beginning, I defaulted to others too often thinking they knew best. My insecurities were suffocating my ability to do my best work.

I am hilarious, and I don’t need to hide that to be taken seriously.
I like to add humor to things and I should never think that makes me a clown or makes others perceive me as less than.

I can be in the company of other talented people and not disappear.
Shrinking violet syndrome was running rampant and it wasn’t until I stopped positioning myself in the fringes did I find a place at the table.

No, it is an honor to work with me.
I’m done with taking what I can get because I’m just happy to be here. I have earned my place and deserve to be valued.

I am not afraid of pushing towards excellence and I shouldn’t be scared to require that of others.
If they leave because I set standards, then so be it.

If it doesn’t create a positive platform for something or someone, I don’t want to do it.
I only have so much time on this Earth and I want to spend it doing something worthwhile. I am not building a career, I’m planning my legacy.

Be brave enough to say no.
I like to give 100 percent, so I must watch what I dedicate myself to.

My instincts are always right when it comes to me.
No one knows what is best for me better than me. Period. Trust myself.

Accept the seasons, nothing is meant to last forever, even your blessings.
Let go when it time to let go. It is not that it wasn’t good, it is just that something better is on the horizon.

 

cherise Cherise Luter is a freelance writer with Bustle.com and Houston Press. To learn more about her or connect with her, visit about.me.

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MetamorFROsis

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Inspired by your idea of the human metamorphosis, I explored the physical appearance of women, specifically black women! Going natural is a process that not only takes a great deal of patience, but it also challenges one’s self confidence, will power, dedication. I feel that black women who decide to take the journey of transitioning possess high self esteem, accomplish more, and seem to be more in tune with who they really are! As a man I admire I truly admire all those traits in a women.

–Thaddeus Arvie, Creatively Insane Art

A Louisiana native Houston based artist, Thaddeus creates custom pieces of art for showcase and sale. For more inquiries on his work, you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or IG:_creativelyinsane_.

SHE.

The concept for this new series, SHE, quietly and convincingly parallels the healing journey I have undertaken in the last year. And as I began to search for my own truths in this life, I contemplated curiously how the journey might look from other creative being’s eyes. For an artist, vulnerability and transparency can give birth to a creative work or destroy it. And though I feel I have found my creative voice, I want to bring recognition to other great artists and provide a platform of inspiration for all creatives out there in the universe! I hope SHE brings some inspiration to your journey, whether it’s about healing, gain self confidence in your giftings and abilities or simple motivation in knowing there is still parts of your story being written out.

SHE is a celebration of women, at all different stages of life. Finding purpose. Loving. Living life. Accepting ourselves. Finding joy. Evolving consistently. Just Being.

Who is SHE?

 
Infinite Kairos
Magnificently Magnetic
Powerfully Evolving
A force to be Reckoned with
Peaceful Agape
Defined Vulnerability
Spoken Agility
Gracious and Humble
the Heart of the Universe
 
 

TJ

 
*Original artwork by Creatively Insane (Thaddeus Arvie), you can contact him for inquiries at taddos10@gmail.com.

Monday Inspiration: Artist Thaddaeus Arvie

image[6]        There is a movement coming soon near you, Creatively Insane, birth out of the creative conscious of the talented Louisiana nativeThaddaeus Arvie.  Street art, everyday life art, insane art, creative art…call it what you want but one thing is certain: this is where chaos and creativity collide, live and breathe.  Arvie, a new Houstonian, is a graduate of Grambling State University desires to “inspire all dreamers, doers, and go getters that on any given ordinary day one can be great.” Moved by life itself, TAT, draws inspiration from his surroundings and the interesting people that he has the privilege of connecting with.  His use of color, larger-than-life imagery and flair for individuality encompassed by his exuberant passion make TAT’s work innovative and inspiring.  He is one to keep an eye on!

 

Here are some original pieces by TAT and you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or IG:_creativelyinsane_ for custom art work.

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For pricing or commission of work, email TAT: taddos10@gmail.com.