Quotes Challenge Day 1: Do It Afraid!

As I was fretting over today’s blog post, I received notification from Divya of Merry Motherhood that she nominated me for the Three Quotes in Three Days challenge. Quotes? Of course, I’m in!

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominates you
  2. Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

Thanks Divya! [Divya blogs about first-time motherhood among other things. You’ll love her Day 1 quote–straight from Calvin and Hobbes!]

This challenge is especially timely since I’ve been working on projects that involve integrating quotes for the last couple of weeks. Now, I have a reason to share a few of them immediately–instead of some time later.

Today, I’m sharing the photo and quote I shared for the “Fierce Woman” swap I blogged about a week ago.

When I blogged about Sally Ride two years ago, I asked readers for their favorite “fierce woman” quote. My blogging friend Sheila of Sheila’s Corner Studio responded with a quote by Georgia O’Keeffe that I knew I had to work into a photo:

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.  –Georgia O’Keeffe

The quote speaks to Sheila because:

[I] found that when I was in high school, and I have never forgotten it. I found it so hard to believe, and so reassuring. She was such a trailblazer, before her time. Since then, I have read about many extraordinary women who claim to have felt the same way. Yet, they have achieved great success.

I didn’t expect it to take me almost two years to use this quote. Part of the reason is that I didn’t want to use just any photo. I wanted to imitate O’Keeffe’s style with a photo edit. After many tries, I was satisfied. I think.

O’Keeffe Inspired

Here’s a link to some of O’Keeffe’s flowers.  How did I do?

The trick was placement of the quote.

Inspired O’Keeffe Inspired

Unlike O’Keeffe, being “absolutely terrified” has hindered my conquering a few things. I’m not a complete “fraidy-cat” though. What I have done, I’ve pretty much done straight through the terror–which emboldens me to take on bigger, scarier ventures. As cliché as it sounds, “doing it afraid” takes real courage. In fact–as O’Keeffe’s words suggest–facing each day takes courage.

Today’s nominees are:

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more inspiration!

18 thoughts on “Quotes Challenge Day 1: Do It Afraid!

  1. Val van der Poel says:

    An interesting Challenge Chandra; I am sure your next posts will be as interesting as this one is. I don’t know if your flowers are much like O’Keefe’s but they sure are pretty and the quote certainly makes you think.

  2. untangledkat says:

    Gorgeous! Love the quote – and my friend, Sheila Delgado 🙂thanks for sharing the quote and your fantastic art!

  3. franhunne4u says:

    Yes, we are all afraid every day. There are so many things one CAN be afraid of, some very unreasonable (and I am saying that as an arachnophobia-sufferer) … And yet we live. I won’t let the danger of encountering a spider keep me from enjoying a summer-evening in our baroque gardens. Though all hell will break loose WHEN this encounter happens 😉

    There are so many more things we can and will be afraid of, fear of failing in our jobs, of becoming the joke of the day, fear of humilation, of public exposure of our all too human flaws – and yet we live our lives. The alternative doesn’t bear contemplating. This [the situations we are afraid of], too, shall pass (a Persian adage originally from medieval Persian poets, though you might know it as a quote from Lincoln).

  4. Divya Krishnan says:

    Loved the quote. It is true that Fear triggers the deepest, unseen courage from within. The picture is so intense and matches with the inner meaning of the quote. Glad I nominated you 🙂

  5. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    I think Georgia would love your postcard! I also think, wonder, that she might have loved learning some of the digital techniques, and using them with her art. Perhaps not with every piece, but with some. The ability to take an image, and quickly alter it, I think she would have been interested 😉
    Thanks for the nomination – posting today! ( And thanks for the reminder of that quote 😉

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Yay! Happy you’re in. Thanks for your kind words about the photo. “Quickly alter” is relative though. At times, the time spend in PhotoShop rivals the time it takes to create a “real” artistic masterpiece! 😀 Happy Weekend! Looking forward to your quotes!

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