Investing In Your Craft | Thoughts of A Secret Designer

A little storytime because I feel like it! LMAO!

Ever experienced feelings of doubt in discovering your true passion? I know I do at times. Usually it would follow a very apologetic glance at my old and trusty sketchpad and a feeling of guilt that I am not giving my all to my real passion. Other times it would spiral into doubt where I would question if this is my real passion in the first place. I mean, it could just be juvenile infatuation used to convince myself that designing is, in fact, my passion. Now let’s all acknowledge the anxiety from the potential reality of the latter. My gawsh!

The other day when this happened I decided to take a stroll to the bookshop. Though I had the intention to find a book, I ended up purchasing a large sketchpad that caught my eye. It seemed perfect because my old sketchpad was near finished. I also fell short of some basic stationery needed to sketch and so, I indulged in purchasing proper stock of one or two items. It was a somewhat blissful moment because after my purchase I felt so excited to get home and sketch – which indeed transpired later that day.

But I digress . . .

You see, I realized that my lack of motivation to sketch for such long periods of time may actually be rooted in my lack of investment in what I considered my true passion. Later that night I took out all of my purchases and it just happened. I sketched and I sketched with a sense of joy and freedom filling my heart. I even managed to resurrect a small box of chalk pastels which I used to enhance one of my sketches – a quite amusing experiment and great replacement for markers by the way. What is really stopping me from building my portfolio more quickly? A sketchpad and some stationery might not be sufficient of an investment but it is a start. Essentially, I realized that a lack of consistency and investment slowly leads to demotivation proceeded by dwindling inspiration and drive. Perhaps even fear . . .

Moral of the story?

It is imperative that if we desire to achieve something badly, we must incorporate consistent practice and quality investment in our craft. If this consistency and investment is lacking, more often than not, it will result in feelings of demotivation, listlessness, self-doubt and negativity. So work hard, stay focused, maintain humility and with everything on this blog space, keep the faith.

I hope my personal experiences and advice can continue to inspire you. Keep creating!


As always, to God’s blessings, prosperity, faith, happiness and love!


Simone Inspires


2 Comments Add yours

  1. reneedefour says:

    I can really relate to this post Simone, I think there comes a time when we just have to tell ourselves “just do it” – no excuses, no self doubt, no fear. And even if these feelings do arise it’s important to remember that they aren’t in charge and that they can take a seat in the back of the car while you create! By creating something, no matter how small, everyday – we can regain consistency and a sense of fulfillment also from not giving up on our craft. One thing that really stuck with me from Big Magic is that procrastination and resistance to creating your art is really fear manifesting as different feelings, fear of creating/not being good enough/of your own abilities etc. So fear/resistance should really just be an indicator to keep making your art.
    Thanks for the motivation to keep creating!
    P.S – if you haven’t read Big Magic and still want to read it, you can borrow my copy whenever you like 🙂

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    1. I am so glad you can relate because to be honest, I was very hesitant to post this for some reason. Your words indeed speak volumes of truth. I honestly have to try harder to just do it rather than constantly thinking about doing it and all the negativity which follows. That book seems to be making a lot of sense as I do believe fear is a huge impediment of creativity. I would be happy to indulge in that book …was looking for an e-version as I’m in the middle of another book currently but I don’t think I was able to find one. If im still not finding a copy I will let you know but I really need to finish this book im reading…I’ve put a pause on it for a few months now. Thanks so much for the added motivation though and always appreciative of your support!

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