Talking about Courage… I don’t know about everyone else, but my 2011 has already brought many experiences that have put my “one word” COURAGE to the test, and given me cause to stop and think about the importance of enjoying what you do – no matter what.
Two of these occasions happened while skiing with my family. We only went to the ski hill in our town, which is not very big at all. It was my first time skiing for many years, and I was scared. “I will fall.” “My boots are too tight.” I may lose control.” These fears were roaming through my head, making my heart pound, and my stomach sick. My first time back, I failed to have courage, and ended up going into the chalet to calm down after only one run down the bunny hill.
The second time we went, I was determined not to let that happen again. After going down the bunny hill several times, my husband said I was ready for the big hill.
This meant I had to go onto the ski lift. It was time to conquer another fear. The fear of heights. I went on with my daughter, and realized this was not going to be easy. I was terrified. After much convincing, my husband went with me on the next ride up, and with his help, my fear was gone. By the end of the night he had me skiing S curves down the face of the hill many times. Now, I am ready for a bigger hill. COURAGE prevailed.
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Putting my self out into the public eye for my business, is another goal for 2011. I pray that I have the right directions in my heart, and COURAGE to follow them.
Last month I was considering working freelance in a position I was a little uncomfortable with. I had the desire for the challenge, it would be interesting work that would grow as each month progressed. Plus, the promise of a steady paycheck is not something easily turned down in this economy. As time went on, it became clear to me that this was one of those things that was “too good to be true.” Sure enough, it fizzled out, and left me considering my own actions in the ordeal. Did I have the right direction in my heart? I don’t think so. It just didn’t feel right, and it wasn’t something that would benefit others.
Instead, to push myself into COURAGEously getting out into the public I have accepted two new positions on public committees that are more involved with things close to my heart.
The first is SILVER STREAK INC. Silver Streak provides transportation to seniors and people with disabilities in our community. They are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, and I am proud to be a part of it. Visit www.silverstreakinc.org to learn more.
This month I also accepted the invitation to join the committee for the OCONOMOWOC ARTISAN FAIRE. The Artisan Fair is held one Sunday a month, May – August on the streets of Downtown Oconomowoc. I have showcased my works for 2 years, and will again this year. Find us on FACEBOOK!
Both organizations have asked me to provide graphic design services for their causes, and I am, with pleasure. This feels right.
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” Proverbs 1:5
UP AND COMING… I am in the planning stages of hosting presentations at a local coffee-house. Bringing samples of my art, and work on an in-progress piece, answering any questions people may have regarding it. I am looking forward to this experience. Watch for details.
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Getting, and giving Courage to better use my skills is terrifying to me, but this is my goal. I have the desire, and with help from God and others, am gaining wisdom and confidence. What are you doing to go outside your comfort zone?
Good Luck! and, as always, I am here to help.
Amy Gapinski Graphic Design for Less – 262-269-6428 – www.graphics-4-less.com