March 27, 2014

I was reading through Lilla Rogers book I Just Like To Make Things and read this line:

Enjoy being a beginner

I have spent quite a bit of time mulling this over. We have all been beginners. I thought about learning to walk. I don’t remember that experience, but I’m sure there was some fear, some incredible excitement, a sense of pride when that foot moved. And so it is with beginnings.


In Bloom

In Bloom 2007 one of my beginning pieces.

It is somewhat like falling in love. That beginning, that apprehension, the excitement and emotion.

When I floated the idea of an online presence, I felt all of those beginning emotions. My website launched in November, I was relieved and excited. What an incredible amount of work. I had no idea! As well as the relief and excitement, I felt somehow vulnerable and exposed. It was a beginning.

Five months into this I still feel like a beginner. I still struggle with aspects of technology – but I have learned so much. I still have moments of feeling fear and vulnerability and doubtfulness. But oh, the joy, the excitement of a letter of acceptance for your work or the thrill of a kind comment on a blog post. None of the joy would be possible without beginning, taking the first step, being brave enough to put yourself and your work out there.

Be brave, simply begin.



Organized under Beginning, Fear.

4 comments... (add a comment)

  1. Janice

    Amie, your “beginning work” is really very good. (I don’t know enough words how to explain, so ‘very good’ will have to do.) I love this piece.

  2. Your new piece (from the newsletter) is already looking beautiful Amie. I agree about beginnings, and would add that they can most definitely be difficult too. My favorite line about beginnings comes from a Sandra Bullock movie, she tells her daughter that “Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at the beginning.” <3

    • amie

      Thank you Patricia! Yes, Hope Floats, loved that movie! I’m working on trying to love every moment, beginning, middle or end!

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