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small business help, clean out the closet & air out your fears, handmade helpWe’re off to a great start with our Spring Cleaning theme so far and there are so many great posts yet to come. Lots of this months content will be about concrete ways you can clean up your business & get organized. So today I want to talk about what I think is the most important spring cleaning, the stuff that needs to be organized & looked at inside ourselves.

We all have monsters & skeletons in our closets. Fears, insecurities and doubts that need to be challenged in order to move forward. For some people their monsters are a bunch of little things and for others one or two big baddies, but all of us have them. We know what happens when we sweep dust under the rug or shove things in the hall closet-the mess just multiplies until it is overwhelming to deal with.

So while we are setting goals, planning for the future, and looking forward-it is also important to open up our dusty closets and air out our fears. Go ahead open the door!

small business help, clean out the closet & air out your fears, handmade helpSee-those monsters are actually kind of cute once you get to know them. Our biggest fears and insecurities can also be our biggest motivators, we just need to get to know them first.

Well I can’t really expect you to go checking into your own dark closets without giving you a look at mine! So, what have I learned from my own monsters?

1. That I am not a superhero. I cannot do everything, be everything, handle everything all by myself. Sometimes I will mess up & sometimes I will drop balls or need to take off one of my hats. And that’s OKAY. I used to want to fix everything or take care of it all, saying that I couldn’t do something was just not an option and I pushed myself way too hard. When I looked at that monster in the face I realized it needed to have a place in my life but not be driving me.

2. That I need to be kinder to myself. We can be so mean to ourselves! We can give to others but giving to ourselves can be really hard. By looking at how I was not taking time to be kind to myself or give myself what I needed I was able to take a step back and start changing. I still struggle with this but I get better at it the more I make myself a priority.

3. That I need to believe in my own ability. I think most of us question ourselves too much & doubt our own power. When I worked with youth I used to lead workshops on self-confidence and while I projected being very confident I was also very unsure of my own ability. Calling myself out when I start to question whether I am good enough to do something has changed the way I work and live. I am a very confident & capable person but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have insecurities!

I have made you all a little mountains into molehills worksheet and I went ahead and filled it out for myself too-I have mine pasted above my desk to remind me of what I need to work on. Here is my copy & you can download your own blank one too:

small business help, clean out the closet & air out your fears, handmade helpDownload your own Mountains into Molehills worksheet here!

So, what monsters do you have lurking in your closets? Are they keeping you from achieving your creative dreams? How do you keep your fears in check? I would love to know! When we talk about what we are afraid of and what is holding us back it is so much easier to let it go and move forward.

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Jessika Hepburn

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Jessika Hepburn has written 518 posts on Oh My! Handmade Goodness. A cheerful activist and community matchmaker I delight in using my connection superpowers to bring makers and entrepreneurs together in ways that lift us all up. I believe in cooperation over competition, relentless good cheer as an act of rebellion, and the power of using our hands to craft a brilliant future. OMHG is part social enterprise, part grand experiment, and all goodness-so pull up a chair or pitch in a hand to join in creating our supportive community!
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  • http://Creativemamma.com Joy

    I’m so guilty of doing this! I need to work on all three things that you listed… How did you know?

    Thanks so much, Jessika.

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      Thank you Joy! I’m really glad you could identify with my own monsters-it’s lovely not to be alone!

  • http://www.ellivenstudio.blogspot.com Julie

    seriously, I’m with Joy….how do you do it? such great advice and so good to read this! I’d have to say that I have the same three as you and that number 3 is probably where I need to grow the most. LOVE the printable, thank you!

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      Thank you Julie! Seems like were in good company! Being kind to ourselves & valuing our own talents is hard work but it’s a good investment!

  • http://www.heartmadeblog.com Mayi Carles @ heartmade

    You are a genius Jessika! I loveeeee this post! So uplifting + so core shaking + SOOOO cute! Who knew our little monster could be so NOT terrifying hehehe! Reminds me of Monster Inc. :)

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      Genius? You’re awesome Mayi! Everyone needs a friend like you to make them feel fabulous:) I have always found picturing my faults/monsters as cute fuzzy beasts instead of big terrors helps me get to know them better. It’s funny how our biggest faults can end up also being our strengths! Monsters Inc was a great movie & is a perfect example! Laughter is so much more powerful then fear!

  • http://www.littleandalucia.com Erika

    When I worked with kids this seemed to be a never ending struggle/lesson. It was a great time to deal with my own inner struggles as well but even now my husband tells me I need to be nicer to myself.

    Wonderful printable, thanks!

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      You are welcome Erika! I’m so glad you like it: ) working with children is so challenging & great for helping to point out where we need to grow & improve. As a parent that work is never ending also! Your hubby’s is right, be kind to yourself-you’re worth it!

  • Stephanie Douglas

    This was a very useful post, thank you.

  • http://flavors.me/grinblo Evgenia Grinblo

    I absolutely adore this, thank you so much for putting it together, Jessika! It’s so simple and honest and provides a lovely breathing break from anxiety (even in its tiniest form). I love the worksheet and shared this with everyone I could.

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      Thank you Evgenia! I know I often need to step back & thought others would be feeling the same, so glad to hear it resonated with you. This was actually the printable that sparked the idea for my ebook!