When life hands you rejection, make rejection soup.

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I am SO excited-I mean really excited!  On Thursday I will be posting my first interview for the Rejection Chronicles!!  I’m not going to tell you who it is but she is an incredible artist and her work just blows me away.  I hope you will join me on this journey!

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I have a teaser page that tells you a little bit about the Chronicles but I wanted to dish a little more about it so you can get a feel for what to expect.

If you have been following along you will have noticed a theme developing with my posts (and, yeah, rejection has played a key role).  With rejection and failure taking top billing it can get to a person after awhile.  Round about my 36th rejection of the year I heard about a program that Tiffany Han was going to start (if you don’t know her you should-her podcasts alone are worth the click!) called 100 Rejection Letters and decided that I wanted needed to be a part of it.  Getting your butt kicked week after week will get your attention and get you wondering what, exactly, was going on and what, exactly, needed to change?

With most of my life in boxes and my studio in moth balls I needed something to wrap my focus and creative energies around to give direction to the learning process as part of 100RL. There are some pretty amazing participants and I was feeling, well, less than amazing to say the least. After all, what did I have to offer? Career? Uh, no. I love to bake so maybe a gluten free page on the blog? Did I mention that most of what I own is in boxes? I know the mixer is in there somewhere but your guess is as good as mine so that’s a no.  What kind of experience could I draw on to pull together something I could really get excited about? When you set out to get 100 rejections (and, no, I am not counting the now 40 something ones I already have this year) it is pretty clear that there has to be something worth getting all that rejection for…

Do you know what a shower epiphany is? It’s that moment somewhere between lather, rinse and repeat that you holler ‘Eureka’.  By the way, I am pretty sure Archimedes was taking a bath when he had his big moment… Anyway, I decided that if I couldn’t beat ’em I was gonna join ’em.  Something you might not know is that I love to research.  I once took a five page paper for a class and turned it into 48 pages. Not. Kidding. It was only natural that I would decide to research the ‘problem’ of rejection and voila… the Rejection Chronicles.

Since rejection isn’t anything new-or particularly unique-I thought it would be interesting to find out how other creatives handled it and how it changed or redirected their ideas/careers. My goal is to reach out to individuals across disciplines, ask a few questions and see what happens!

The series launches on Thursday, November 20 (that’s this Thursday!!!) and will grow as it goes along. I already have artists and authors lined up through February 2015!! There will also be giveaways and book reviews along the way to keep things interesting.  The idea is to have an ongoing conversation that provides encouragement and motivation-we can learn so much through each others stories and experiences!

We all have great things to offer and it is so easy to get sidelined by rejection and ‘failure'(more on this one later). Remember, just do the work you were created to do (no matter how small or big)-even if the world doesn’t accept it at first.  You were created to do the work only you can do and it is simply marvelous!

Join the conversation!! Have someone in mind that you would love to hear talk about rejection? Let me know and I will make the ask (I still have 94 rejection letters to go-it would be a win/win either way!).

See you Thursday!!