I saw this quote recently or more like the quote found me right when I needed it most. It read:
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
Up until three months ago no one even knew I had a blog. I started it as a creative outlet. As a way to re-energize myself from my normal 9-5. It was something I did it for my self and a way to express some of the things I've been feeling as a 20-something, as a wife and just as a person wanting to find purpose.
There's something about the looming 3-0 that made me question what makes me really truly 'floatin' on a feather' happy. So I started some soul searching of my own and started to remember what used to make me really happy as a kid.
1.) Writing - I used to spend hours in my bedroom as a little girl writing "magazines", writing poems and short stories in all these different notebooks. Someone probably told me "you can't make any money being a writer," so I tucked in that thought, sang it a lullaby and put it to bed.
2.) Talking - my Mom once told me that I had more time outs in kindergarten than anyone else because I wouldn't stop talking. I don't think I've stopped talking since...Most of the time I don't even think that I have a whole lot to say so I've gotten really good at listening. I love to listen to other people - mostly because I really like to learn from other people. If only my Kindergarten teacher could see me now...
So, that brings me closer to here. Today. Right Now.
I started blogging because it felt good to just be creative again. I started this podcast because my favorite thing in the whole wide world has and always will be talking to people. Not just talking....
If you haven't listened to my introductory episode, you can listen NOW, but it explains why I think storytelling is so powerful. I personally think that the only reason we have evolved into the kind of society that we live in is because of storytelling.
Facebook, Instagram, Myspace - they are all just mediums for us to tell our own stories in our own way. We don't have to wait until someone asks - instead we build our own soapbox and turn it into a podium that speaks to hundreds, thousands and even millions of people.
How freaking cool, right?
That's what makes me so jazzed to live in the world that we live in. In the matter of seconds, a thought can be shared with a huge social network. But sometimes these shared thoughts can also be cruel and full of anger. Technology can be used to spread the venom of hate faster than we can click our mouse.
Imagine a world where we were only exposed to positive stories. Those that told us we can be anything we want to be. That we can be challenged but come out as champions. We can be loved no matter how we look or feel. That we only get one invite to this party so we might as well live it up.
That's the world I want to live in.
I figure if I can organize these stories of women sharing their experiences of fearlessness, doing their own thing, being their true selves then we are one step closer to living in a world that celebrates positivity over pain.
I've had some friends ask why create this at all. And the only intelligent answer I can think of is 'why not'?
Full disclosure: I've never made a podcast before. I taught myself to use GarageBand by watching hours of YouTube tutorials and I didn't even know what an RSS feed was before a few weeks ago.
But everyone has got to start somewhere.
So as I share this labor of love with you; a project I'm so proud of and happy to share: I would remind you that you only get one at bat in the game of life so why not swing for the fences?
The first podcast is available on the podcast section of my website and in the iTunes store and Spotify under Confetti Filled Life podcast.
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