Be Yourself. Original artwork by Stephanie Martel, prints and other goodies available on Etsy.This print is available in my shop.

Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.

-St. Catherine of Siena

I love this quote for so many reasons, mostly because it affirms how I think we all feel inside and need to hear every once in a while.  It’s vital to the world that we share our gifts.

It’s a good reminder that being myself is why I’m here.  I’m meant to learn certain things + interact with certain people in this life.  They have things to show me as I grow + change.

And it can be hard at times sticking to that path of being myself–warts and all. It’s easy to conform, not to stick out and to just blend in to the background. There’s a lot of influence in the world to go with the herd and it can make me feel inadequate at times.

The comparison game is such a buzz kill.

But each time I rub up against this self-defeating attitude, that maybe my art isn’t good enough or that no one cares about what I have to say, I remind myself that my journey matters.  It may have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by me.  That alone is enough to keep me going.

Be yourself, friend.





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