The Courage to Start

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This my Friday feature Artist..

My name is Andrea Grimes. I am a wife and mother; who has became ambitious about following my dreams and living life to the fullest. I enjoy running and the water. I am also living the plant base lifestyle. I have enjoyment in following my dreams for crafting, decorating and making products such as pillows, bags, seasonal wreath, glittering frames and bows.

I can be reached on Facebook at AG Home Inspires or Instagram ag_inspires

I have always been a self starter not sure if it comes from me being an only child and not having anyone to play with besides make believe friends and Barbie dolls. I’m a creative and imaginative person who loves trying new and different things although in my younger years I was very shy (still am at times) and withdrawn about people.

A couple years ago I wanted to make a change in my life by getting out of my comfort zone and learned to swim. So I signed up for a free adult class conquering my fear of the water was one of my Greatest challenges and I wanted to learn everything there was especially the proper techniques. We learned the different strokes, building endurance and jumping in 10ft of water. Looking back I’m so glad I took the chance! It gave me courage to face not only the water but to face difficult challenges by drawing from that experience. Once I got the swimming down I wanted to go further and noticed that a local Paddle Boarding company was offering classes on the lake so I took the chance and signed up. Pushing past my hesitation and getting out of my comfort zone it was a awesome experience and got a chance to meet some really nice people.
Last Sept. a coworker heard about my experience and wanted to join me the next time I went so we made the arrangements and an once again I was out of my comfort zone on the lake! We had a blast!! If I had never taken the swim class I would have missed out on these wonderful life experiences. So glad I did and looking forward to a new water adventure in 2017 because I can!

Which brings me to my next goal that I am so proud of my love for decorating. I’ve always liked to decorate my home and add new things here and there . Decorating for the seasons following up on the trends and just seeing what’s out there I really a passion of mine. But I’ve noticed that somethings I can’t quit find what I’m looking for or want it to look a certain way. So one day I toyed around with the idea of making my own things and doing some research and noticed a local college offered a sewing class but it kept getting cancelled due to lack of participation. So I looked in the phone book and called a local seamstress just to see what would happen, again getting out of my comfort zone and drawing from conquering my fear of the water if I can do that certainly I can sew: She said YES!!! J

I’ve been sewing only few months but am realizing a dream of mine is to have my very own products! I have to admit sometimes it can be frustrating but what drives me is the finished product and having others appreciate and support my work. I love making decorative pillows, cosmetic bags and wristlets . I know this is only the beginning for me because the dream won’t leave me alone. Whenever I want to doubt myself or get discouraged I recall the first day getting into the pool feeling that fear and how it is nonexistent today.

 

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So no matter what you hope to accomplish in life just make some sort of a start whether it be large or small its still a start!

Written by Andrea Grimes

The Original Me Ann..

 

 

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