trusting your experience

I​ was talking through some planned projects with a friend the other day. She was doing the wonderful thing that good friends do of adding in extra ideas. When I floated an idea I wasn’t sure of, with the accompanying, “I mean, I probably could do it, but…” She instantly responded, “I know you can do that. Of course you can.”

I​t made me stop and think. Years ago now, I wrote about taking stock. Considering all of the things you know how to do, and how remarkable each of us are in our way.

B​ut this is more than that.

A​ few weeks ago I wrote about consistency. And I suppose this thought combines my other two.

I​ suppose we think that in order to trust our experience, we need to be stunningly successful. But I can be experienced, without thousands of people flooding my site every day. You can be experienced, without being noticed by the publisher or label you would love to be promoted by.

T​hose things are allowed to be disappointing. But they aren’t always a clear value marker for your experience.

T​hink of it like your typing speed. I don’t think about typing anymore. I just do it. But in reality, that took me a long time. I practised. I committed my time, and I gained experience.

I​ want to learn to appreciate my typing speed. And by typing speed, I mean insert whatever skill in your life is incredible, but undervalued.

Happy creating!

Jena Ren, 2023

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