friday's confession: I am not my etsy shop

I am not my etsy shop. Or my blog subscriber number. Or my followers on twitter.

As an artist, and as a beginner, it's really easy to get caught up in the numbers. How many sales have I had? How many people heart me? How many blog hits do I get per day?

And then once you've figured all that out, it's even easier to get caught up in comparing your numbers to everyone else's. Why do I have less than her? Why are more people visiting her blog than mine...why? Why? Why?

But you know what, we are all more than these numbers. Sure, they might indicate something -- how far you're reaching, how far you have to go, how far you've come. BUT I am constantly reminding myself that -- this journey I'm on? -- these numbers aren't going to make or break me. They aren't going to determine if I'm a success or failure. They aren't saying anything about who I am as a person.

Can I say that again: They aren't saying anything about who I am as a person.

My friends, that is true for all of you as well. I promise.