Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

This year has been an insane roller coaster. It started about 10 months ago and has not let up.

First, I was asked to design a limited edition line of fabric with Art Gallery (which I felt totally and completely incapable of doing). Second, I released my first, second, and third PDF sewing patterns. Again, feeling totally crazy for thinking I could do that. I barely knew anything about patterns.. I just loved to sew! Next, I headed to quilt market where I was surrounded by the industry’s best. YET AGAIN, overwhelmed with my incompetence, lack of knowledge, skills, etc. Came home and released my fourth and fifth PDF sewing patterns. THEN I was asked to speak at a couple of events.. “you want ME to speak?” To me, the thought was absolutely laughable. Now, my patterns are in print and while it makes me feel a little more “legit”, it still feels unbelievable.

Sometimes I laugh thinking about what my friends from high school must be thinking about my life path (if they’re even thinking of me- ha!). I don’t keep up with many of them except for pictures and status updates on Facebook, but I know they must think it is just crazy that the girl who played sports, was voted “most athletic”, the girl who never took an art class and was by no means deemed creative is pursuing a career in a highly creative industry. Actually, I think it is kind of crazy.

Let me let you in on a little secret: I have no idea what I am doing. NO, seriously. That saying “fake it ’till you make it”? It’s been my life motto for the past ten months. BUT, I have goals and dreams and places I want my career to take me. I am daily striving to be better in all aspects of my career (researching, taking classes, perfecting skills, trying new things, getting out of my “creative comfort zone”). NO, this is not where I thought I would be in my life 10 years ago, 5 years ago, even 2 years ago, really, but it is what it is and I am so grateful for it.

Doubting and comparing yourself daily is exhausting.

And while I definitely think a little self-doubt is good for the ego, I think a dash more confidence can boost spirits and propel you to be the best version of yourself. That’s my goal from here on out: to be humbly confident. And it’s also my challenge for you.. in what EVER stage of life you’re in. You never know what you can do until you try. Even if you’re trying without knowing what’s next.

31 thoughts on “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

  1. Thanks for the encouragement today! It’s funny,I was just talking to my husband about this issue of self-doubt and confidence this morning. So your post was definitely encouraging to read! Also, it’s been neat watching your journey! You GO!! 🙂

    1. I’m SO glad!!! I just want everyone to know that a. I don’t have it all together, b. I don’t know what I’m doing, and c. the only way to achieve your goals + dreams is to go for them!! xoxo

  2. Whew!! Definitely needed to read this 🙂 You’re seriously an inspiration to me, Caroline. I’m slowly working my way up to making wedding videos full time (I just finished editing my first solo one TODAY:

    , and sometimes thinking about making the jump can be scary. It’s nice to read about your take on it 🙂

  3. I love this post. Kudos to you for going for your dreams. I understand because I’m in grad school at age 50. Our dreams do not have an expiration date.

  4. OMG!! tat was really a gud new to sewing n ilove ur blog. u inspire me n so manys ways. Thank u so much fr tat.. Keep up ur gud work n keep inspiring us 🙂

  5. Congratulations on your work!!! Your words are very encouraged is nice to know that everyone can make it out there, just don’t quit your day dream” as you mention! By the way love your fabric line !!!

  6. I know exactly how you feel.. I find myself daily thinking “what am I doing?” and “I have no idea what I’m doing”… it’s a crazy ride — just making this all up as I go.
    Love your bag…

  7. I love this post; it is amazing all that you have accomplished in such little time. It’s crazy the paths that we take not knowing where it will lead us, but you are willing to take a risk and for that I command you. Keep sticking to your motto and do not stop dreaming continue making them a reality! This is just the beginning of what is to come.

  8. I think we’ve all changed a TON since high school 😉 Or at least, I hope we have! LOL So impressed friend with your site, your business, and your product! WELL DONE! Let’s catch up if you are ever in CO and I’m ever in Ft. Worth 🙂

  9. This post was SO encouraging to me! Just today I was telling my husband how I sometimes get so caught up in making my work better and learning the things I don’t know, that I lose my “dream” and my love for the art that I create.

    On a different note, I have sketched several quilt designs, and am currently working on my first quilt of my own design. I have a degree in English so I should be able to write…right? But I have no idea where to start getting my pattern(s) on paper. I would love to share them with others, hopefully one day in a published format, but I just don’t know where to start.

    I would LOVE to hear any advice you have, particularly for someone who dreams of publishing patterns, going to quilt markets, etc.

    Love your work, Caroline!!!

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