Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday
October 18, 2012 Sue

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:

it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Winston Churchill

How many times have we given up on a new creative idea, or a an innovative project or even our dreams??


Being a creative soul can be a sensitive business. We pour our hearts and souls into our work and then lay it out there for the world to see and critique at will. And when that critique is not accepting does that mean we have failed?

Of course not!

Our creative journeys are a daily road we walk upon. It is a part of who we are.

And this takes COURAGE!

Deep down, pull it from the gut, courage!

It’s when you get back to the studio and create again, enter that juried show again, submit that manuscript again, call that magazine again, and again and again!


Because we have CREATIVE COURAGE!

I have been participating in an e-course “Flying Lessons” this past month with Kelly Rae Roberts and an amazing group of creatives from all sorts of genres. This has been not only inspiring but has given me courage to continue on my creative journey. Several of us have created a blog circle where we share our blogs on a monthly basis. The camaraderie in this group has been out of this world .

Please take a moment and visit the blog of  Mary Williams, photographer to hear her story on inspiration and courage,

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Comments (18)

  1. Suzanne McRae 5 years ago

    Wonderfully written post Sue. It’s been a wonderful journey to be part of this blog post circle and also to be part of Flying Lessons vibrant community of other creative soul sisters. xo

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hey Suzanne, so glad you stopped by! The Flying Lessons have been great and the people involved are amazing. Looking forward to even more fun!

  2. becky 5 years ago

    Such a great post. I was struck by good ‘ol Winston’s quote: “failure is not fatal.” What a sharp reminder!

    I also love that you encouraged us all to just get up again and again. One person or whatever not “getting it” is not the end all and be all. We just try again.

    Needed these reminders today.
    Thank you!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Becky, So glad you enjoyed the post. I appreciate you coming by and leaving a comment too!

  3. Vickie Martin 5 years ago

    what a great pep talk! i loved it – kind of like pulling ourselves up by our boot strings!!!! I am honored to be in this group of talented women around the world!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hi Vickie, so glad you stopped in today. This is a great group of women isn’t it! I am thrilled to be part of all of this

  4. Chandra 5 years ago

    Wow great post short and sweet. You are very wise. It’s true our creative journey’s take courage every day to promote ourselves even though we are not sure if were any good. It’s a creative crunch we all have to get past. I love your painting. I also like the background watercolor paper and the font you chose in your blog.


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      Sue 5 years ago

      Chandra- too funny, short and sweet! Perhaps like me, ha! Thanks for stopping by today.

  5. Chandra 5 years ago

    P.S. I can’t get the link to Mary’s blog to work? Don’t know if it’s my computer or the link? Going to see what her blog is on FB.

  6. Michele Bergh 5 years ago

    Ahhh, courage. It definitely takes courage to put ourselves out there. I am glad you are finding the courage and inspiration to do just that. I love the painting you shared in this post. The colors are beautiful.

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    Sue 5 years ago

    Thanks Michele! Having the support from friends like you have made it possible for me to “get out there”. So glad you enjoyed he painting. It was from my trip to Spain this year!

  8. Jean Wagner 5 years ago

    I, too, love your watercolor. Someday I would like to explore that medium. Thank you for the pep talk here and for being a dynamic part of our group!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Jean, thank you for your kind comments. And please come join me in the wonderful world of watercolor!

  9. Anonymous 5 years ago

    O, wonderful post! So uplifting and encouraging. Being creative can indeed be a sensitive business; it’s really going out on a limb, or jumping into the deep end. Thank you for popping by my blog; very glad to have found yours — let’s follow each other shall we? 🙂

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Thanks for leaving a comment today, so happy to see you here!

  10. Bikbik & Roro 5 years ago

    Oops, silly me — that’s my comment right above this! 🙂

  11. Lisa Graham 5 years ago

    Hi Sue, just read about you on Teresa’s Late Bloomer blog…enjoyed it very much! Your art is so pretty and friendly. So glad to have come across you and your work.

    Greetings from Wichita, Kansas!

    PS: I bought Kelly’s e-course over a year ago…it was so so helpful in with launching my blog and so many other things. Great to know it’s still out there blessing other people!

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    Sue 5 years ago

    Hi Lisa, so glad you were able to stop by here, I appreciate your kind comments. Kelly’s e-course has been wonderful, so much info and I’ve met so many inspiring people.

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