Today I read your blog post, "Become a Dreamer". It was inspiring to me in that you took the time to share your feelings with your readers and that you seem to truly care about others. I'm 47 and a very optimistic and passionate person, but lately I'm having some tough times. I wasn't blessed to have parents that supported me. My dad has always been very distant and my mother is extremely critical of everything I do, even at my age. My hair is too long or too short, my new outfit doesn't look good on me, why on earth did you paint it that color? You get the picture, she enjoys complaining.
As if I didn't hear enough criticism growing up, I married someone worse than my mom! My husband, of 28 years, is very pessimistic and critical.
About me: I'm creative and constantly have numerous projects going on. In my twenties, I owned a new construction painting business and it was very successful. When I told my husband what I wanted to open, he said "its just a pipe dream Anna, you will never make it". At any given time I would be working on 8-10 new homes, in different phases of construction. My parents didn't live close at that time but I did try to talk to them about my life and business. Neither one showed any interest at all and I actually believe they thought it was just a silly past time for me, lol.
I have owned an antique mall and a home decor shop since then. I started both all three of these businesses with under 500 and no savings anywhere. Looking back, I guess I was lucky to keep them open for two years each. I learned that you truly do need a little money to make money, lol, but I tried.
Now, I stay home and work on my projects, and I live across the street from mom!
We really need the income, so I'm looking for a job and putting my passions on the back burner for awhile. I truly believe God gave me my creative talents to use for his good, I just haven't found my little "niche" in this world yet.
Please pray for me Kara. I'm not ready to take off my rose colored glasses. My husband has always told me to take them off. If there is only one thing that I do well, it is create pretty things. Even after all the negative influence I've received, I'm still convinced that my time will come!
Thanks for listening, I hope it makes sense and please forgive spelling errors, I've been crying and trying to write too.
P.S. just so you know, I AM a proud, bragging, supportive mom, lol
My daughter has one year of college left and she will graduate in graphic design. She takes after me.
Of course I wanted to respond to "Anna." Here's what I wrote. . .