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Be Encouraged.

I loved this quote from Ira Glass so much, the instant I read it, I knew I needed to make a print of it for my office wall. Most of you are creative types. And, I am certain we all harbor self-doubt from time to time. In January, we feel refreshed. We look at projects ahead with anticipation. We are eager to get started and buzzing with excitement.

Somehow though, as our days linger on and we don’t meet the self-imposed expectations we have for ourselves, doubt creeps in. We compare ourselves. We wonder why we started in the first place. We consider whether we should just give up on writing, on photographing, on crafting…whatever it is that we love, but somehow aren’t allowing ourselves to. This print is a reminder for those days. For times ahead this year when your motivation or energy wanes. When you wonder if stopping altogether is the best option–because, after all, you have a million things that are more important to do, right?

Creative time is a haven. Whether you are the greatest in your field, or the least, what is important is that you are doing something you love. That feeds your soul. That gives you an outlet. That brings you joy.

So in the words of Ira Glass — Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Keep going. “You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

About Stephanie


Stephanie Beaty is a blessed, homeschooling mama of four and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Tampa, Fla., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

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  • Christine25

    Thanks for sharing this. Comforting to know we all go through this once in awhile :)

  • http://twitter.com/abbeyviolet abbeyviolet

    I love this quote and thanks for sharing. Definitely something I needed to “hear” just now.

  • http://lifeineden.wordpress.com/ Life in Eden {Amy}

    It is great to HEAR him say it too (check for videos on YouTube). Something about the WAY he talks is so reassuring and inspiring.

    Loving this in PINK! That makes me happy.

  • http://www.meagainstthesugar.com/ Cynthiasolc

    Thanks so much for posting this, I’m so glad I added you to my reader!!!

    I’m going to print it out and post it where I can see it every day :)

  • http://hannahmayophotography.com/blog Hannah Mayo

    Oh Stephanie thanks so much for sharing this. I need this reminder often- I think we all do. What an excellent quote.