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Angela Mayhoe Angela Mayhoe designer. self-described perfectionist. knitting enthusiast.

Angela Mayhoe is a retail girl by day, fashion designer by night, and blogger when time permits. [www.themuslin.com]

For a long time, I ignored my talents as an artist, not acknowledging my ability to create beautiful things. I ignored the gift that was constantly being presented to me. Instead I RSVP’d to the thoughts in my head that fed me spoonfuls of fear and doubt. I would constantly second guess myself. I needed others to stamp “approval” across my projects in order for me to believe in their worth. The thought of someone not liking what I presented translated to me as not being good enough to gain interest from others, leading me to believe that I wasn’t a true creative.

I knew that I was born to design but wasn’t sure how to capture my desire. I purchased an arsenal of New Age books, watched the Secret (twice) and subscribed to O Magazine to find some “a-ha moments” of my own. After many nights of turning pages and highlighting religiously, a thought nestled into my head and instructed me to meditate. I did what most of us do with the whispers…I ignored them. For about a year I continued to read articles on being awakened while I slept through my pain of not connecting with my true self. Then one day, my awakening process gradually began on its own. I began to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I was getting tired of hearing the conversations between myself and my negative thoughts. I was finally ready to create!

Now I have started a meditation practice that is still being tweaked. Soon I’ll be at the point of not falling asleep while focusing on my breath. I also started yoga, and I’m attempting to consume a healthier diet. I understand now that creating is a sacred invitation from the Universe that allows me to sit with my true being. It provides me the opportunity to share an extension of myself with others. At this stage in my life, embarking on my true journey is where my attention lies. In the past, I chose to look at my life through rose-colored glasses that only revealed a distorted picture of contentment. What I know for sure is that I’m equipped with everything I need to guide me on my destined path. There’s no need to pick up lingering baggage to fill my imaginary voids. I am ready to take a selfish pause to focus on my creativity, nourish my soul and understand that everything doesn’t have to be perfect.

– Angela Mayhoe

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