What To Do When He Whispers In My Ear

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Have you ever met a child that seems wise beyond their years as if they were born with an old soul?

I was one of those children. I was the kind of child who could read moods, was always polite, anticipated other people’s needs and decided to skip adolescence since it was a waste of time.

At 21, I met my husband who already had two sons from a previous marriage. I became pregnant at 22, got married and two weeks later we received full custody of my two stepsons.

That year I became an instant mother of three.

Here I am, sixteen years later, putting out to the universe that I want to be a successful international artist. It seems to be an awfully tall order and I struggle with that mean little fellow called “Doubt”. He whispers in my ear, “You’re too old, not talented enough, there’s too much competition, not enough time…”

I respond by reminding him about Grandma Moses, an artist, who did not begin her career until her seventies. She became quite famous and traveled the world. I tell him there is a place for everyone and that the only way to succeed is to take that first step.

As I drove home yesterday from picking up a show in Palo Alto, I was thinking about what I would write. I realized that one of my first steps would be to further define what success means as an international artist.

Earlier that day I had aimlessly searched the Internet for Galleries in Paris only to discover their information was in French. So this week, I am committing myself to further defining my dream of success and to create a plan on steps to achieve it.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Hello Wendy and welcome!! I love your work. I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you better.

  • Kim

    Such wonderful colors in your paintings. I love your post! Looking forward to meeting you in April.

  • Heather

    Wendy – beautiful work! I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you better. Thank you for taking this step and letting us be here to encourage you along the path.

    See you soon – Heather

  • Catherine

    Every time I look at one of your paintings I see the county I was raised in. I can tell the time of year, the time of day, and even the mood of the scene. When I was in grade school my best friend and I would ride her horses all over the Sonoma County hills for hours upon end. We would often ride down into scenes just like the ones you paint. There is a smell of the grass in Sonoma County at different times of the year. When I stare at your work, I can smell the grass.

    Mr Doubt likes all the women in Eight Women Dream, but we go ahead and work our dreams anyway. You are in good company.

    Such a soulful post. You and Veronica sure know where to set the bar.


  • KB

    Welcome Wendy! You just keep telling Old Man Doubt to mind his own business. He’s got no place in your life. You are very talented. Age is meaningless. And of course there’s competition. They will see your work and know where to set the bar.

    btw: We’ll talk later, but I was an instant family Mom too. But you had the good sense to do that early in life. I had The Girl at 42.