Happy Thoughts!

November 30, 2007

I came across this wonderful image in the flickr pages of Matirose and had to share this message with you. It’s a simple one that we can all to often forget as creative professionals trying to navigate the wild, wild west of freelance, the web, new careers, reinventing ourselves, launching a business, or anything else that was once “the greener grass” until you got on the other side and realized that you were on the grass alone with your big idea and now it’s 100% up to you to do something with it. And there you sit, sometimes frozen. And your idea may not be taking off as quickly as you’d like. Or you feel like you made a really big mistake. Or maybe you aren’t that talented. Let me remind you of this…

Happy Thoughts!I’m not a shrink. But I am a human being sitting here writing these posts each day. And sometimes I think something is wrong with me. For every 10 supporting you, there’s a few that want you to disappear. Let’s face it, bad motives do exist. It’s part of life. So often we feel like Ugly Betty on some level. It’s our hips, if only they were more boyish. It’s our career, we’re not where we expected to be at this age. Maybe our family life sucks right now. When will he propose? Should we have kids, all our friends are having them? Or maybe it’s time, we need more hours in a day. Our hair is falling out in clumps, we can’t keep the plants alive, the dog likes our spouse more, the weather is depressing, oh the list can go on and on. We can be high on Friday and at the lowest point in our life on Saturday morning. But I assure you that you are not alone. We are all in this together. Nothing is wrong with you. Accept this simple truth with me today.

There is nothing wrong with you.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other because, what’s that quote, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Yes that’s it. So keep steppin’. You’re fierce. You can do anything you have passion for as long as you take steps and make progress on some level. Remember that.

So if you’re about to go into the month of December with any doubt in yourself or your dreams at all, remember There is Nothing Wrong With You. Back straight, chin up, eyes ahead, keep your dreams in front of you and don’t stop until you can hold them in your hands.

Now it’s Friday, go have some fun! See you on Monday. :)

(image from matirose)


  • Reply Kelly November 30, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH!

    As a professional graphic designer who is working toward the day when I can do the kind of art and design I like full-time, your post was so what I needed today!

    Have you read The Artist’s Way? I’ve read it a few times, and it’s it’s inspiring in the same way.

    Again, thanks so much.

  • Reply Beth November 30, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I totally needed that today! I printed it and put it on my bulletin board at work. (shhh…I’m pretending I’m doing research…..)

    Going home!

  • Reply jannypie November 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! (I’ve been reading the website for a while but this is my first comment.) I was JUST sitting in my cubicle at work, thinking about how my first ever craft show is coming up on Monday. It’s almost here! And I was starting to freak out (what if no one likes my work?!) When I opened my RSS reader and saw this post. It’s absolutely truthful, and exactly what I needed to read!! *Deep breath* Come on craft show, I’m ready for you!

    Thanks again!

  • Reply One Love Photo November 30, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve been balancing a full time job and starting my own photography business for two years. I am feeling VERY tired of the race and just want to follow my heart. Thank you, I really needed this today. December is slow, I am playing catch up. I miss the sunshine. But you gave me hope that everything is going to be alright. My pieces will fall into place! I love your blog, I enjoy it often! Thanks!

  • Reply KarinSN November 30, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you! I read your blog every day and I love it!

    It is so easy to forget, thank you for reminding me and everyone else. Theres nothing wrong with us.

  • Reply mariss November 30, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for posting that Holly. It’s nice to remember that everyone feels like that sometimes. Hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Reply Anonymous November 30, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    You rock! Thank you!!

  • Reply beki November 30, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks Holly, I needed to hear this today!
    I think I need to hang this on my studio wall.

  • Reply decor8 November 30, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    This is exciting, to see that you can relate and that these words fell on listening ears that somehow needed to hear them today. I think I wrote them secretly because I needed to be reminded too. :)

    Matirose if you’re reading, please make this into greeting cards or a print or something!!

  • Reply Laura November 30, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    I so needed that today. Thank you!

  • Reply Megan November 30, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I needed to hear this so much! I was crying half the day yesterday over my doubts, fears, and “creative block.” I’ve been feeling like such a loser and have been in such a slump. Your words really touched me just now and I know things will get better. I can’t stay frozen; I have to step forward! Thanks so much for the great pep talk!

  • Reply j. shim November 30, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for this sweet post; it really cheered me up on an otherwise shaky day.

  • Reply Natalie November 30, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you, I needed that! What a beautiful start to my weekend!

  • Reply erika November 30, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    I now have a new image on my desktop background. I really needed that post today. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply sk8ordiehard November 30, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    so lovely! reminds me of the wonderful we all need affirmation on a daily basis!

  • Reply katiedid November 30, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    I haven’t visited in awhile, things have been hectic. So it was so very nice to have this post to read first off. I can relate to almost all of the examples you gave. Thanks for the boost!

    And never stop your blog! I know lots look forward to it. You were one of my first inspirtions to get blogging! :)

  • Reply Jana Souza November 30, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks Holly; definitely timely for this gal; how did you know my hair was falling out and that I am paralyzed with my ideas—too timely and thanks.

    warmth and support to all,


  • Reply jcdoe December 1, 2007 at 12:06 am

    thanks i needed that

  • Reply jcdoe December 1, 2007 at 12:07 am

    thanks, i needed that!

  • Reply amy rue December 1, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Thank You for this wonderful entry.

  • Reply Leah December 1, 2007 at 12:09 am

    what a wonderful post. thank you so much for that!!

  • Reply Lisa M. December 1, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Holly…you express yourself so well when you throw out little things like this. I love your blog and this was just awesome! Thank you:) I just always try to remember that there is always something to be gained from our experiences, and that life is beautiful and precious no matter what the circumstances. Thanks for all your hard and amazing work.

  • Reply flowerpress December 1, 2007 at 1:50 am

    Perfect for me to hear today too.
    I love the line about the dog loving your spouse more!!! LOL.
    We really make it hard on ourselves sometimes.

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 1:54 am

    i was just having one of those moments!!

    that was beautiful. i am printing this. and putting in my desk at work! :)


  • Reply mcaplan December 1, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Um, you hit the nail right on the head, and at the perfect time! How’d you know that I needed these words of encouragement so much today? That we all did?

    Now, I have a smile! You rock!
    Happy weekend!

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 2:16 am

    I need to hear Holly! How did you know we all felt like shit today? I have major depression this time of year – my family lives in Atlanta, I’m in the Bronx, I hate NYC, my craft biz is bombing out, I want to just throw my paints out the window and order an entire wedding cake and eat it alone in my room. Okay I did, but now I see rays of hope. But I’m still buying a few cupcakes and I think I’ll paint again on Monday.

    Your adoring fan,

  • Reply BeccaJane22 December 1, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. You have no idea how much I needed to hear that.

    Thanks again


  • Reply greenbeltlady December 1, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Holly I come to your blog everyday to see something beautiful and inspirational. Your blog is the thing that inspires me and re-energizes me. Just remember that when you are feeling down, you bring a lot of joy to people with your images and writing.


  • Reply AnastasiaC December 1, 2007 at 3:22 am

    oh what an uplifting post…we all appreciate it…

  • Reply Lili December 1, 2007 at 3:31 am

    Thanks Holly!

    I am going through a little mid-(life)craft crisis myself. I am not really sure which direction my creativity is going in. Its hard to remember that where you are today, is ok. I’m working on that myself right now.

    Hope you’re doing alright? Maybe its fabulous europe withdrawal?

  • Reply decor8 December 1, 2007 at 4:11 am

    No, I’m actually doing great – I wanted to write this because I’ve had an usually high volume of email from readers this week expressing their stress and “rut” related feelings and I really wanted to encourage them.

    But no Europe withdrawal, not yet anyway!! :)

  • Reply Jennifer December 1, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Holly, glad to hear no Europe withdrawal. But, seriously, this is a truly beautiful post. Mantras like this are always good. Have a fabulous weekend!
    ~Jennifer in Ottawa

  • Reply annechovie December 1, 2007 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for the heartening words, Holly. You have a great deal of warmth and a very upbeat outlook, which I appreciate.

  • Reply jill December 1, 2007 at 5:08 am

    that was super cool of you!

  • Reply ceVec December 1, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Bless you for posting this. I’ve been doubting my ability to launch an etsy shop, and this was very inspiring.

  • Reply Jtay December 1, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Thanks; great post Holly. It makes me think of a passage:
    “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.”

    Psalm 139, The Bible

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 6:14 am

    Me too, me too, me too. We are all having the exact same experience, and there’s nothing wrong with us for that. If we’re not ‘there’ yet, we’re struggling. Good luck to every single one of us.

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Thank you Holly! How did you know I spend a fair amount of time thinking to myself, “what is _wrong_ with me?” even though I know it’s not helpful. And lately I have been feeling especially crappy, feeling that everyone else’s lives are developing normally, while mine is filled with mistakes and regret. I am printing your post, one copy for my desk drawer at work, and one for home. Thank you, thank you, I can’t say it enough!

  • Reply mlle a. December 1, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    This is a wonderful post!
    I’ve just finished reading an economics book and one of the last chapters sheds light on production and globalization. While that’s not my point here, one of the key points of the chapter is that people often put themselves down by watching others doing other things better and being successful, and that they then attempt to do these things and — fail (and feel yet worse).
    They often don’t realize that they have a skill and bestseller idea, and that they just need to accept the idea that in order to be successful and content, all they are to do is doing what they can do best.

  • Reply MyFineGarden December 1, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Holly that was wonderful. After reading everyones comments I see that at any given time we all need encouragement, love, and hugs. It’s a brave thing to be an artist… we all need to continue to take care of each other, even if it’s just to remind eachother that “there is nothing wrong with you.”

  • Reply Hyena In Petticoats December 1, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, Holly.

    I also needed to hear this today, and it was made even better by reading exactly the same thing in the comments over and over again.

    Sometimes, we all need a boost. And today, you gave that to lots of us. Thankyou.


  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you so much. It’s funny, you know, I think I always assume everyone else is the way I perceive them to be – smart, funny, beautiful, creative, successful – and completely confident and fearless. I am, clearly, the only one with doubts, right? Thanks for pointing out that I’m not always right!
    Sam in San Francisco

  • Reply Susannah December 1, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    the artist, the words and your inspiring post were just want i needed today. even when the skies cloud over the sun is always just behind them. we just gotta keep chipping away at our dreams – each day we are one step closer :-)

  • Reply shari December 1, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve been visiting your blog for some time because of your design ideas and links…I must tell you that I’ve never actually read your blog until today…and it was just the one that I needed. Life is great and i have a great many personal and professional successes, but I, too, have periods of time when I wonder how I’ll get through: This is one of them! Thank you for your inspiring words! Thank you for your great design ideas, too! Be well and enjoy!
    – Shari

  • Reply matirose December 1, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    ahh holly, thanks for expounding upon this!
    it’s my birthday today and nothing could make me happier to have this validated that we all need to hear this and be reminded. i listed it as a print in my etsy shop so that people can look at it daily or gift it. maybe i’ll make postcards to spread the word if there’s enough interest:)

  • Reply Lobster and swan December 1, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    got this one a day late but thanks-should have read it before I went to the craft fair : )
    A very powerful message that I’m sure we all need to hear every now and then.

  • Reply Marisa and Creative Thursday December 1, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    I needed this one too, especially today! Thanks for such a thoughtful post.
    happy weekend to you!

  • Reply Uncle Beefy December 1, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Cheers, Holly! I heart you :) Very inspiring and will be bookmarked for the down days. Thanks for putting it all on the table.

  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Holly, thanks so much for this lovely post. We are all so stressed this time of the year, it seems. It’s nice to be reminded that all the baby steps we take, help us on our way to realize our dreams.


  • Reply Anonymous December 1, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Hello Holly,

    Just a small note that your blog and support of the arts/artists is wonderful. Thanks for the inspirational daily read (and all the great finds).


  • Reply bkhdesign December 1, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    We all go through highs and lows in our lives.. We just need to share it with someone. Then it makes everything ok!

    thanks for that

  • Reply Penny December 2, 2007 at 1:42 am

    What an encouraging word to leave for your readers (thats me!) Thank-you!

  • Reply hiphostess December 2, 2007 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for the great post, Holly – like a lot of the others that commented here, I REALLY needed this today! I can relate to so many of the “things that are wrong” that you listed – and my list goes on and on too…ugh :0 So thanks so much for the words of encouragement – so nice to be reminded of – and hope you take your own advice to heart too!
    Jenn :)

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2007 at 4:35 am

    wow…you should write stuff like that more often! thank you so much…that was very inspirational and we all need to hear that every once in a while! i am going to email that to all my friends and fam…a great holiday gift for your readers!

  • Reply Lili December 2, 2007 at 5:30 am

    I found this on another blog and I thought it fit in perfectly with your post Holly. It brought tears to my eyes. Follow your heart!

    This is a story about a guy, a guy like most of us, common, questioning his existences, measuring himself to others, never believing in his abilities or his worth. Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, a stage that took him to a place beyond his self imposed prison. Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see what they are thinking as they pre-judge this guy based on his looks and the fact that he is a cell phone salesman. Maybe this guy stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion.

    The story continues on this link:

    I hope this is ok Holly!

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2007 at 5:42 am

    that was really just great to see.

  • Reply decor8 December 2, 2007 at 6:01 am

    Lili — That is AMAZING. I really loved that video – I hope everyone sees your link above and views that. You hear him and you think “Who ever heard him sing and DID NOT take him to the nearest audition???”.

    BTW – Are you from Mt Ple. SC? I grew up in Myrtle Beach.

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Thanks I needed that today!

  • Reply love forever December 2, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    thanks so much for this holly. i really appreciate that you really go beyond design and talk about things like this, the doubts that plague so many of us creative types.
    i have doubts about where i am in my life all the time and it, frankly, sucks. it wastes a lot of my time and my energy. i am going to keep this in my mind over the next month (and hopefully i can actually start beliving it soon!)

  • Reply day at a glance December 2, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much! I really, REALLY needed that today. If felt like you were talking to me. It is so nice to know that I am not alone in all of the useless self doubt spirals that I have struggled with since deciding to change my life. Somehow reading your post made me feel part of something bigger. Thank you. Thank you very much.

  • Reply ACMstudios December 2, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, I just came across this blog and it was so great reading such an inspiring post! I think for creative people it’s often hard for those around us to understand what we’re trying to do, which can add to our own frustrations within our craft. It’s definitely a boost to read these encouraging words… thank you!

  • Reply Zee December 3, 2007 at 12:56 am

    I wasn’t expecting to read something like this today, speacially here…it’s so good to see that I am normal…low self -esteem can be hard on me sometimes, it’s powerful and it can make stop my dreams…
    thank you.

  • Reply Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Must be honest and say I use your blog as a bit of a pick-me-up eye-candy moment while the kids are having a rest after lunch. I rarely get to read the excerpts as I don’t even have the mental space…but today I did and I needed that!
    Bindi (Australia)

  • Reply Terie December 3, 2007 at 3:50 am

    I needed that in the worst way. Thank you.

  • Reply Jude December 3, 2007 at 4:37 am

    you know, you really hit the nail on the head today. im usually upbeat, but i did have my “whats wrong with me” moments today. thanks for the cheer up!

  • Reply pyglet December 3, 2007 at 5:21 am

    So real and needed…thanks!

  • Reply modmom December 3, 2007 at 7:08 am

    yes! have some kids :)

  • Reply Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Yay! Thanks!

  • Reply Yvestown December 3, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I want to scream on the top of my lungs: “Amen and Hallelujah Sister” but that sounds like something I never say LOL, I do mean it though. Thanks for this great post. It’s something my father used to say to me when I was little and I still tell it to myself each time someone hurts me or is nasty to me. So good to know others (and especially you) think like this :o)

  • Reply Nathalie December 3, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    I have to add another ” thanks so much ” to the rest of the other comments, it feels great to know that others feel like me sometimes , i think it makes someone stronger to know that in the same moment that you might feel weak there are other people feeling exactly the same. i actually did think there was something wrong with me when one day am really content with everything and the next day all i feel like doing is stay in bed under the duvet :)
    I will read this post when i will feel like that again.

  • Reply Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    I blame the damn republicans!

  • Reply sfgirlbybay December 3, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks girl! You were talking to me, right? :)

  • Reply paula gibbs December 3, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I guess I’ll be the umpteenth person to say “thank you.” Not the best week/weekend/month for me, so this was really, really good to hear. :)

  • Reply boltandfrolic December 4, 2007 at 1:03 am

    I’m just now reading your wonderful post, and everyone’s replies. Thank you for your kind and wise words… I will take them to heart.


  • Reply 42nd and Orange December 5, 2007 at 2:15 am

    You rock!
    This post along with the one from 11.29 are simply great. You have stated what we all know intellectually, but somehow we have a hard time giving ourselves the same pep-talk we would be able to give to a friend. Thanks.

  • Reply yinyee December 5, 2007 at 3:01 am

    i thought i’m the only one that feel this way… i’m not alone:) thanks for such a thoughtful post^-^

  • Reply Lili December 5, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Hey Holly!

    I am glad you enjoyed that! I think its quite old but it moved me instantly and I wanted to share.

    I do live in Mount Pleasant but the neighborhood in Vancouver, BC!


  • Reply Anonymous January 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you. i stubbled across that in search of a new idea for a catalog cover. Being in design you become numb after awhile. I feel liek i read that for a reason, you gave me a reason to be happy atleast for today. thank you again, take care.

  • Reply Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Melbourne August 30, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Interesting post, what was your inspiration for this?

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