On Twitter I met a struggling soul who shared with me a lack of friends, family, motivation, self-esteem and confidence.
In my late teens and early 20s, I did everything to keep up with the fast-paced world I was living in – I worked as a server, went to college full time, and spent every other waking moment socializing with friends, being there for my family, and spending time with my boyfriend at the time. I felt pulled in every direction. I never spent time alone and I paid no attention to my inner life. The few times that I did try and look inward I became utterly confused and scared.
When asked if we could feature her as our Artist of the Month, Linda Strawberry responded with a resounding yes.
I've become very accustomed to being hard on myself. It’s a blessing and a curse; self-criticism pushes us to work harder, do better---but it can also become toxic. How many times have you gotten inspired to create something, perhaps a poem, song, picture, or even a school assignment, only to find yourself giving up before giving it the real shot it deserves? As someone with a very active imagination, I've had a certain problem. In my head, I imagine the project I could create and I see it in a perfect, aggrandized way--- I see its full potential.
Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.
We grow up receiving messages from our parents, our friends, TV shows, media and literally from EVERYTHING in our lives, that shape the way we think about ourselves and how we perceive the world around us.