Elena is the Founder and Executive Director Charity Wings a non profit Art & Craft Center based in San Marcos, California. Their mission is to be an inspiring place for people of all ages to Gather, Give Back and Create. She brings people and organizations together to offer free or low cost creativity sessions to other charities. She is a Mixed Media Artist and writer and loves a good pair of wings.
Find her over on Facebook @CharityWingsArtCenter
Listen to our chat here:
Putting Yourself Out There with Elena Lai Etcheverry and Handmade U from Rachel McGough on Vimeo.
One thing to keep in mind in whatever direction people around us are putting themselves out there is that every person's journey is different. Just because we know one person with infertility doesn't mean we know exactly what another is going through. Same goes for any journey, perhaps you have an artist friend who create beautiful paintings, their journey in putting themselves out there might be wanting to find a studio that would show her work, where as another friend might want to license her work for home decor. We each have a path that we follow in which the timing is unique, the challenges are unique, and the end goals are unique as well.
It is important that we know how we can support our friends and family in their pursuits. It is as simple as asking, how can I support you? What might help encourage you? This conveys a desire to support as well as understand what your friends need. That can be the best feeling of all.
As we decide how we are putting ourselves out there with our goals we need to understand what we REALLY REALLY want as Elena mentioned. Once we know that the desire to take action will kick in. It won't always be easy, doing nothing will most likely be much easier, however in the end what will make you most happy? Doing nothing and ending up without your goal, or working hard, going through what you have to go through to end up with your goal.
Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Do what's in your heart. Sharing your gifts or story is selfish and selfless as Elena said. You'll receive support and connect with others who resonate with your story, and in return you give people the knowledge that they aren't alone and perhaps will learn from what you share.
We aren't alone. Let's find each other.
Now Go Be Creative....
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