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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Your Artsy Friend’s Guide

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Hey there, fellow sunshine seekers! It’s your girl Arastasia, and guess what? I’m beyond excited to kick off this shiny new podcast – the one and only “Your Artsy Friend.” If you’ve been hanging around for a while, you might be wondering where I’ve been hiding and why the name change from “Passion and Potential.” Don’t you worry, my friend, I’ve got all the scoop for you. But today, we’re diving into something oh-so-relatable and close to my heart – overcoming imposter syndrome.

Let’s be real, this past year has seen some serious growth in the art side of my business. If you’re all about colors, creativity, and looking at the sky like it’s a masterpiece, then welcome to our tribe! But here’s the thing, no matter how experienced or passionate we are, that sneaky imposter syndrome likes to make an appearance. Believe me, it’s been one of my most requested topics on Instagram, and I get it – that feeling of doubting your skills, questioning your worth, and letting that inner critic ruin the joy of creating.

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So, let’s have a heart-to-heart about why we struggle with overcoming imposter syndrome and, more importantly, how we can kick it to the curb. Oh, and just to celebrate the relaunch of the podcast, welcome new listeners, and, of course, to ring in my birthday, this episode is extra special.

Embrace the Not-So-Friendly Imposter Syndrome

First things first, let’s acknowledge that imposter syndrome is that uninvited guest crashing our creativity party. It’s that nagging voice that whispers doubts, questions your abilities, and steals the sheer joy that creating brings. You know that feeling when you’re so immersed in your art that the world fades away, and all you’re left with is pure passion? Yeah, that’s the feeling we want to hold onto, that’s the magic we aim for. But when imposter syndrome shows up, it’s like that joy gets replaced with self-doubt, and that’s just plain awful.

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A Quest for the Right Mindset

Let’s dive into the heart of the matter – how do we conquer imposter syndrome and keep that creative spark alive? Buckle up, because I’ve got three game-changing tips for you. These are my go-tos, my secret weapons against the imposter monster that occasionally rears its ugly head.

1. Rethink Comparison

We’ve all heard the saying: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” In today’s social media-driven world, comparison can easily fuel imposter syndrome. When you’re scrolling and seeing everyone else’s greatness, it’s easy to doubt your own. But here’s a radical idea: let’s flip it. Instead of comparing, let’s find inspiration. Imagine a world where we celebrate each other’s greatness and find joy in everyone’s unique journey. Remember, your creativity is YOURS, and comparing it to others’ only robs you of your magic.

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2. Embrace Failures and Reject Perfectionism

Perfectionism and imposter syndrome? They’re like frenemies. As a recovering perfectionist, I can vouch those accepting failures has been a life-changing game. There’s no such thing as perfect – it’s a mirage. Accepting that your art will evolve, that you’ll stumble, and that it’s all part of the process is liberating. It’s like Bob Ross said, “Failures are just happy accidents.” Your art journey is yours to own, and embracing the bumps along the way is where the true beauty lies.

overcoming imposter syndrome - your artsy friend
overcoming imposter syndrome - your artsy friend

The Mindset and The Reminder

Now, let’s dive into the third and final tip that can make a real difference in overcoming imposter syndrome. Think of this as your personal anchor to reality, helping you steer clear of self-doubt and maintain your creative stride.

One thing we’ve learned is that imposter syndrome often starts as a mindset. It’s those nagging thoughts that can lead us astray. But here’s the fantastic news – we’re not powerless against it. That’s where your customized reality-based reminder comes into play. It’s like having a compass that always points back to your true self. So, here’s some of my personal favorite reminders that you can try!

Crafting Your Personal Mojo

Picture this: a reminder that’s like your creative sidekick, always ready to snap you back into action. How do you make it? Let’s explore a couple of ways that really work:

  1. Throwback Visuals: Ever thought about hanging up your early creative experiments? Yep, those quirky first tries. They’re like badges of honor, reminding you how far you’ve come. Let’s get real for a sec. In my creative zone, there’s this painting hanging around. It’s one of my first cloud attempts – raw, unpolished, but full of heart. Whenever those pesky doubts pop up, this painting is like my own superhero, swooping in to remind me of why I started. The imperfections are a reminder of my growth, my journey from a cloud novice to where I am now.
  2. Supercharged Affirmations: Yeah, they might sound cheesy, but these mini pep talks are pure magic. Stick them where you’ll see them often. Your mirror, your desk – you name it. Some of my go-to affirmations? “I am, I can” “Perfect doesn’t exist,” and “My creativity knows no limits.” When I catch those doubtful whispers, these words remind me of my strength.
  3. Outside Boosts: Sometimes, the world is full of motivation if you know where to look. Tune into podcasts that give you a kick, connect with groups of like-minded creators, or let inspiring books light your fire. Personally, I’m a podcast junkie. Listening to others share their struggles and victories makes me feel like part of a supportive tribe, even when I’m working solo.
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The Key to Lasting Transformation

Before we wrap this up, here’s the key to making these tips stick: consistency. The goal isn’t to sporadically fend off imposter syndrome. It’s about weaving these practices into your daily life. By doing so, you create a resilient shield against self-doubt that grows stronger over time.

overcoming imposter syndrome - your artsy friend

Conclusion: Together We Rise, Together We Create

Before we part ways, I want you to know this: you’re not alone. Imposter syndrome may knock on your door, but you hold the key to shut it out. This blog is your safe haven, a place where we lift each other up, celebrate our wins, and conquer our doubts.

As we wrap up this heartwarming chat, a huge shoutout to all of you for joining me on this fresh chapter of “Your Artsy Friend.” Be sure to keep an eye out for my next few posts, where I spill all the beans about my year-long hiatus and the birth of this reinvigorated blog.

Remember, my lovely pals, you’re a force to be reckoned with. You have the ability to shine bright and pursue your passions with unyielding courage. Keep sharing your unique gifts with the world – you’ve got this!

overcoming imposter syndrome - your artsy friend

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for spending this time with me. If you enjoyed our chat, spread the love by sharing this post with your friends and leaving a review. Until next time, keep embracing your inner artist and let your creative spirit soar! 🎨🌟

arastasia rolain - passion and potential podcast- traveling mural artist, painting educator & tutorial instructor, colorful acrylic artwork for maximalist homes

Arastasia Rolain – Traveling Mural Artist, Art Educator, & Creative Entrepreneur


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