This award, from Sarah at Cottage Garden Studios, holds a special place in my heart because of how it began. Renee always encouraged Sarah to spread her artistic wings, and to 'let fly'. Renee was good that way. She encouraged all of us ducks. :) Sarah started this award to honor Renee, and Renee's part in helping Sarah to acknowledge her inner 'swan'. :) Thank you, Sarah, for this!
In spite of Sarah's confidence, I'm not sure I am a swan yet. Most days I feel very duck-like. I think the key to becoming a creative 'swan' is to hold on to the joy. It's easier said than done, since we all have a critic (at least one!) sitting on our shoulder. She's the one who chimes in with things like "Are you KIDDING me?", and "Maybe you should consider another career." She 'tsk, tsk's' her way through our writing and our art. She is a right pain the butt...except for the fact that we need her. That annoying little critic is also the one who prods us to go with a different color palette, or to step out of our comfort zone with our writing. I think it's a classic love/hate relationship.
For me, the trick to becoming a mental swan will be to keep the joy while listening to the critic. To silence her during the process, so that I can enjoy it, and only let her speak when I am finished for the day. Maybe I can pour her a little virtual glass of wine, and we can sit together and critique my work. And if she gets too nasty, I'll put her in a Mason jar. Properly ventilated, of course.