Walk With Strength

Original mixed media painting by Jennifer Albin, June 2015 available HERE for purchase.

Original mixed media painting by Jennifer Albin, June 2015 available HERE for purchase.

It's one of those days where I question what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. The bills pile up and I wonder to myself "why do you want to be an artist? There are so many things you can do that would be easier".  Today I really have to tell that voice to be quiet. 

When I decided to leave counseling to pursue art, a lot of people thought I was crazy. And I didn't really tell anyone for a while outside of my husband and children. 

I struggled with feeling selfish. I struggled with feeling foolish (who makes a living selling and teaching art anyway?), and days like today I struggle to pay the bills.  

But they get paid. And I have amazing support.  

And what keeps me going is that I know the story of the "starving artist" is just that, a story. I know that part of this journey for me is about shifting paradigms.

Why shouldn't I be able to do what I love and support my family? Why shouldn't I be able to shine my God-given light and put food on my table? 

And you know what else? I know I am not alone. There are those who walked before me on this path and those who walk with me now. I can hear them whispering "don't stop right before the miracle happens."

And I hang on.