creative growth.

For the majority of my life, I have spent my time “doing what I wanted”. I got excellent grades in high school. I went to college and graduated with multiple degrees. I worked full time and got paid fairly well. I went back to school to pursue something else. The list could go on for days. Was it really what I wanted to do? Time after time, I claimed to have wanted to achieve this and that, but was that truly what I wanted? Simply put, the answer is no, well minus the exception of me going to college. I really did want to learn.

Some people might be thinking, “Then why did you do it if that’s not what you wanted?!” Well, it’s quite simple actually. It’s this stupid little thing called approval. I always seek for approval from people around me. However, in the past year or so, I have learned that it is not about what other people want. It’s about what I want, and I’ve done just that.

I stopped doing what others wanted me to accomplish. Besides, even though I could kick butt in school (*cough* A’s in all of my courses *cough*), I don’t want to do that anymore. It’s boring and repetitive. I am so over getting good grades to only have to apply to something else. Then apply to something else, and then apply to something else. After being accepted here and there, then it’s like I have to follow someone else’s agenda. That might be the life someone else wants to live, but I choose otherwise.

Instead, I have decided to live a creative life. I let my creativity loose.

Check out a couple of these Urban Swank layouts I recently finished:

I love the colors to these layouts! They seriously put a smile on my face. When it’s rainy and cloudy like today, a little color can go a long way. πŸ™‚

To see more details on these Urban Swank layouts, click here.

With my passion for creating, I have also met some amazing people along the way. Some I have met in real life and some I have yet to meet. Either way, I am thankful for their support. Amy, one of my favorite gals that I have yet to meet, made my day. I came home to find happy mail! She sent me this adorable scrapping buddy along with a bunch of Valentine goodies:

Anyway, because I have been creating my heart out, things are starting to pay off. I seriously enjoy my job, and I’m not just saying that. πŸ™‚ …and in the month alone, I have been asked to send off two of my layouts for two different publications. How cool is that?! I’ll make sure to fill you all in when it’s for sale!

…and there have been many more opportunities and doors opening up to me in this industry. I’m still amazed at all of this growth.

Even to this day, sometimes I still have to hear, “Well, is it going to be enough?” Duh, of course it is otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it! Financially, it’s not as much as a doctor or Steve Jobs might make, but I HEART doing what I do.

One day all of this will make more sense to me, but for now, I’ll just enjoy making a mess with paper! πŸ™‚



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26 responses to “creative growth.

  1. hahaha… thanks scott for the maui plug! lol… but i think that boxer is gonna win. πŸ™‚

  2. Chris

    What a lovely post! I hope you are successful in whatever endeavors you pursue.

  3. thanks so much, chris! πŸ™‚ i totally appreciate all of your kind words! πŸ™‚

  4. gorgeous pages missy sarah. good luck with everything.

  5. I am right there with ya, Sarah. I have a degree in Marketing. What am doing with it? Creating & being a MOM. Both jobs WAY BETTER than what I was doing prior to that. Why in the world I didn’t get a degree in art or design, I don’t know. Gee probably because I thought there was not enough money to make. Money means nothing if you’re not happy doing what you do. I LOVE what I do now. I’d do it to be paid & I’d do it for FREE. That’s when you know you’ve made the right choice!

    I adore both LO’s…. you rock! πŸ™‚

  6. Gloria

    Not many people in life have the courage to follow their dreams of doing what they love regardless of social criticism. I applaud you for following your heart and not money. love your latest layouts. :). Have a nice day with gloomy skies.

  7. wow… it sounds like you’ve done a lot and that’s great that your doing things that make you happy… i’m super happy for you!! :)You’re colorful LO’s are super fun!! You’re amazing… i love seeing your creativity… thanks s0o0o much for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  8. Vel

    I’m the same way, Sarah. Multiple degrees for no reason other than I wanted to show I’d done something well. Whatever. The last one was such a mistake, totally gave me an ulcer and finally I decided it was OK to take an incomplete on the thesis. Just wasn’t worth my time and health to try to get it done while working and taking care of a house etc. etc. Good for you for having your epiphany. πŸ™‚

  9. Jing-Jing

    Great post Sarah, lovely gorgeous layouts, I’m inspired by your confidence and your pursuit of your goals and excellence!

  10. This could not have come at a better time….. Love your post. Your layouts are just as colorful as you! I am so happy to know you and to be inspired by your creativity… It is wonderful to have so many friends cheering for creativity!!!!Here’s to you Sarah. Happy Creating!!! Hugs, Amy


  12. Hooray for you for perusing what YOU want to do and congratulations on your success! In the end, it doesn’t really matter what others think or how many approvals you have won, what really matters is what makes you happy.

    It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss (which I always keep on my bulletin board), “Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Such true words! πŸ™‚

  13. julie

    ok…first the lo’s….loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee them!!!

    second….i love u and i hear u…. πŸ™‚

    third…. thanks for always being there…..

    fourth….I love u πŸ™‚

  14. gloria

    this is the link that doesn’t cause the pop up.

  15. Awesome layouts Sarah! And good for you for going for what YOU want!!!

  16. Mustangkayla

    Good for you to follow your heart and do what makes you happy!

  17. Callista

    I’m glad you are finally following your heart and doing what makes you happy! You go girl! Love your creative side!

  18. thanks everyone for all of your kind words… MWAH!

  19. you are so incredibly talented, love your work! we are continuing to unfold, much like butterflies, what a blessing that you are recognizing which way you feel the sunshine during the process (((hugs))) danni

  20. Hurrah for you Sarah!
    I work in higher ed, but I do the marketing/PR. Most everyone I work for think I need to get my masters degree so I can “make more” in an adminisitrative role at some point.
    Guess what?
    Even though more money would be grand, I simply don’t want to spend my time working on a degree that might not be passionate about.
    why am I rambling?
    To simply say, I totally know what you mean!!!
    Good luck, I know with your super duper talent YOU are bound for success! πŸ™‚

  21. Tzazu

    Sarah! The quote: “One day you will be famous” is outdated because… you are famous!! In so many ways you are a muse, and example to follow and I am proud to be your friends. Just don’t forget about us when your reach the top top top. πŸ™‚

  22. I love this post so much!!! So true, that you should do what YOU want to do…creativity is what allows me to truly feel happy…so that’s what I do…photography and scrapbooking are my passion!!! I’m happy for you that things are going so well for you!! Love, Jess

  23. these are gorgeous Sarah! Congratulations on your pubs, that is awesome girl! such adorable happy mail too!! xOxO

  24. i adore your new layouts!! πŸ™‚

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