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  1. Thank you this has helped and I feel as if I could be me and shine and fight it.

  2. I jump on your emails as soon as I see them! I always love reading your latest insight.
    Thank you for reminding us that there really isn’t any perfection in the world – it’s just our faulty viewpoint!
    “Not perfection, just perception!”

  3. How nice to have a name for it!!! Yup, I was previously crippled by Impostor Syndrome and still have my battles. Sometimes I just come and hang out on your blog, because even if it looks way too perfect for me to ever achieve, you are such a nice down-to-earth happy to share person that you inspire instead of intimidate. I’m about to start a brand new type of art for myself, and I’m sure I’ll have tons of doubt, so I’m just going to bookmark this page! And probably post a “FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT” sign on my worktable, hee hee.

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Renae!! Keep on kicking impostor syndrome’s butt and reminding yourself that you are a badass who can do anything you set your mind to. Go make new styles of art and have fun with it!

  4. I have suffered from Imposter Syndrome my whole life but never had a name for it until recently. I have anxiety and AdHD. Always did terrible in school (dad is a school teacher), my older brother called me stupid and ugly (didn’t know all big brothers say that garbage) and struggle with procrastination, organization, tardiness – everything friends and family hate. “Done not Perfect” has been a great saying for me since I heard it from my scrapbooking lady 15 years ago when I wanted to get pages done! (I did!) When I see parents or anyone saying negative things to their children even in jest – repeatedly – I want to shout from the rooftops: Those words will stay with your child forever! Just like Aibileen in The Help said to the little girl: You is kind, you is smart, you is important. THAT is what we should hear, say and believe – deeply.

    1. Isn’t it awful that kids are molded with such negative thinking? If I had a nickel for every time someone said “I can’t even draw stick figures”, I’d be a rich woman. The only reason people have such a negative view of their own artistic abilities is that they were discouraged from a young age and internalized it! I can’t change the way other people raise their kids, but I have made it a personal goal that I’ll tell all the kids in my life that perfection is overrated and they should just work on projects that make them happy. It really is that simple!

    2. I have been through the same u are not the only one.

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