Fear – of Change, not Halloween Silly…

Fear…

Have you ever let fear hold you back from doing something you felt to be right?

When I first started blogging 2 years ago, I really didn’t know where I was going with it. I was a stay at home Mom with a passion for sewing, and heard from word of mouth that blogging was a cool thing to do. Little did I know just how much this outlet would come to mean to me. I didn’t know it would grow into another passion of mine, I didn’t know I would make friends with some of the most incredible women I have ever met, I didn’t know how much I would learn and that it would drive me to dream bigger. I just didn’t know.

You see – when my blog first started, I only sewed with quilting cotton and had never made my own pattern. I had never sewn a zipper, never thought much about photography, and had never heard of an ePattern. Want proof? Just look at some of my earliest posts – lol. It seems silly now that I look back on it, but I was afraid of so many things. But through reading other blogs I learned and was encouraged to try new things. They gave me the little bit of information I needed to help me conquer those fears, I was able to grow and expand my skills. I was allowed to think larger, and I felt empowered to dream big dreams.

Needless to say, I have come a long way in the last 2 years.

I don’t know what your personal fears are, but one of mine happen to include a fear of heights. I don’t like flying, at all. But about 6 months ago I was driving in the car with my children when my eldest daughter asked me about hang-gliding. She wanted to know if she could do it someday. Naturally I said yes, as I do with almost all crazy things she asks if she can do or be when she grows up. But it got me thinking, why not? Within 10 minutes I was on the phone call with a local company that offered tandem hang-gliding classes, and I had signed myself and my husband up for a surprise anniversary present. I wasn’t going to let my fear hold me back, in fact I was going to tackle it head on. I wanted to teach my daughter that she truly could do or be anything she put her mind to. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Getting a bird’s eye view on God’s amazing creation. I may not do it again, but I certainly wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.  (You can find that post here.)

I find that so often in life, when we face fear like that, some of the most beautiful results can come of it. Childbirth, riding a bike, going away to college, marriage – fearing the unknown, fearing the fall, fearing the pain. But oh the sweet results you yield after going through it and getting to the other side. It can be glorious. You will never know what it feels like to feel the wind in your hair as you speed down a hill on your bike, unless you take a few falls first to learn.

Over the last few years I have matured and learned who I am as a seamstress, as a designer and artist, and as a blogger. Now its time for my site to mature with me.  As I am figuring out the next steps over the upcoming months, I look forward to sharing it all with you in time.

Its time to start taking a leap of faith.

What about you? Have you ever dealt with fears on your sewing or blogging journey? How did you deal with it?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess

Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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Comments

  1. says

    oh i cannot wait to see whatcha planning next:) and yes your blog and sewing how grown so much over the past few years. your blog has even made me grow as a blogger and even more so as a sew-er:) we love you!! happy halloween!

  2. says

    Great post Jessica. I love that you have dreams, and want to grow. All too often I feel like one little step into the dark is enough, and never make the attempt to see where my steps will take me.

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this post with us Jessica! It’s something I really needed to hear. I’ve been dealing with a lot of ‘fears’ lately. Thank you for reminding me that there’s more then the fear, but the great unknown that happens after you pass the fear.

  4. says

    Very excited to see what your next chapter holds! :) One of my biggest fears…. hmmmm invisible zippers…. STILL! I just need more practice. Stepping out in Faith can very scary but totally worth it. :)

  5. says

    Super excited to see what you have in store! I agree with everything you have said. I feel like I am on the same journey as you. Right now I am struggling with improving my photography… so intimidating!

  6. says

    Being willing to take that leap of faith is always a scary thing…but it can lead to so much more. And even if a leap of faith should not end in success, it’s still a learning experience that you can grow from.:) It’s been a pleasure seeing you succeed..can’t wait to see what’s to come!

  7. says

    Ah, great post. I try not to be too hard on my past self, though it is definitely my natural tendency to do that. I was learning and am learning and will be learning! We all are. Looking forward to where you go next!!

    PS hang gliding sounds awesome.

  8. says

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 2 years. You’ve achieved so much in that time! I love your attitude towards fear as well. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  9. says

    I am so glad you shared this story. Honestly, I deal with some level of anxiety on a daily basis, and it’s the worst feeling to know that you’ve let fear hold you back from new experiences. Because every time you “go hang gliding,” or take that opportunity–no matter how small–it puts everything in perspective. And you are free again!

  10. says

    Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing, I absolutely love this post. You just made me think, a lot. Starting let’s Do Sew was definetly scary for me, putting myself out there and sharing MY creations is a big step for me. Fear of success is another, and often stops me from doing a lot. But with every year I get stronger and more confident and blogging and Pinterest has helped me greatly with my confidence. I can’t believe what you’ve done in 2 years, you are such an inspiration. Thank you :)

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