Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other

"You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself" -- Anne Lamott

The Universe sent that quote into my email box yesterday. Well, not the Universe, but Oprah, so close enough. 

The idea of giving oneself permission to make mistakes. To fail, even. I love it! Taking that leap of faith without worrying about falling flat on your face. Because if you do, well, you've taken a step toward finding out who you aren't, which after a few more steps can lead you down the path toward who you actually are. 

Do you sometimes find yourself over-thinking? In pursuit of perfection, do you ever stand with your feet rooted firmly to the ground, frozen with inaction, afraid to take a step forward? I know I sure do!

My Illustrations 

What would happen if instead of thinking, we simply stepped forward? Put one foot in front of the other? 

What would you like to step into today?


  1. Guilty of all charges! As a side note, who would hesitate to take a step forward and risk making a mistake if they got to wear these jolies chaussures? ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  2. Hi! Your illustrations are just lovely-- you should sell them! Your right, we learn so much from mistakes and we should always keep moving forward. (I over-think everything too.) Thanks for such a wonderful post today!

  3. Great quote, and so true!
    Thanks for sharing. Will try to remember this when I fall on my face.
    Have a great day, Jeane.

  4. Can you say Karma? Ok, Oprah didn't send me anything - but YOU JUST DID! Thank you so much, what a gorgeous post... I think I might have to re-read and re-read (and maybe copy a couple of the shoe photos... LOVE!)

    Have a great day!

  5. First are those YOUR illustrations? If so you are ARE AMAZING!! You should sell those they are truly beautiful!!
    Great points, I have gotten better about just leaping forward and not overthinking things as I am known so well to do, just kind of living in the moment. Feels quite liberating, how else will we know if we don't try right! I think you need to find that perfect balance and for everyone its slightly different between making sensible decisions but pushing yourself just a tad to realize your full potential!!
    Please email when you get a second your mailing address so I can get your prize on its way!

  6. I want those shoes so that every step forward is classy and sassy! I'm on my second day of a cleanse which is a huge step for me since I LOVE FOOD! Hope to make many bigs steps this year...

  7. Best illustrations ever and such inspiring words!

  8. i love this... and i agree to less fear in life... and lets all move forward... after all, it is alot more fun to find out what we can do... and not what we cannot... xo

  9. HEY. Thanks for the perfect words at the perfect time - you've always had a gift for that, in addition to your gift for your amazing art.

    Looks like I'd better get my art back from you - before someone convinces you to SELL it. What a concept...!


  10. Jeanne, holy cow is illustrating what you do? Because if not, it certainly should be. What charm. And whew did your message arrive at the right time as if you were (nicely) tapping on my forehead so that I would pay attention instead of just listening to the ramble of thoughts that starts the very first second that I open my eyes (but at least stops during yoga--whoohoo). Thanks for a great post!

  11. I am completely smitten with your shoe illustrations! And the message as well.

    As a bonified "shoe girl" I think I'll take some big and little steps this year...even if I'm nervous I may not succeed!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  12. Thanks for all the kind words about my illustrations, eveyone! I'm never happier than when I'm working on some art project or another! Currently, painting is something I get to do in my downtime - my day job (I work in marketing for a national fashion retailer based in Seattle) keeps me on my toes! It's fun, but spending more time with a paint brush in my hand is one of the forward steps I hope to take in 2012! Thanks for the encouragement! XO



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