It's been about two years now since I've started my little project "Tales by Jen". I've deliberately chosen this name, as I wanted to tell stories through my posters, stories about myself: about the doubts I'm daily fighting, the constant "what if" questions, about fear of the future, fear of loss, fear of failure and a whole bunch of other worries, which I won't mention here, as it would go far beyond the scope of this little story - and of course about my attitude towards life.
Which is not to lose courage despite once anxieties. Life is too short to burry oneself in a world full of fears. You only start living, once you've decided to go for the myriad of mistakes you can possible make in life, recognizing how they haven't been mistakes, but valuable and oftentimes unforgettable experiences after all. Every step is a step forward, just be courageous, tackle the fear head-on, throw yourself in at the deep end and trust that experience will eventually prove how much it pays off to dare risks even though you’re afraid.
Just like I've decided to go for this project - despite my fears, the fear of failure, the fear to waste my time, perhaps to even waste the time of others. Being afraid to create the wrong products, to face difficulties finding customers and to get lost in the internet-jungle and shuffle of oversupply. With the fear of not being able to secure a living or to miss the connection with the digital world.
This project has been with me for two years now. There are many questions to answer - my personal experiences which I will not only continue to share through my posters, but through future blog entries.
Everyone has a story to tell. But not only that. More importantly, everyone has a story to write. Once own story. Many of my posters are sold, because they help, encourage, give strength and remind us of the beautiful things in life. My aim is to spread happiness and hope through my posters and to help you with my experiences: small guides to self-employment, tips on decision-making, advice on how to handle fear and of course about the instructive art of failure. Ultimately, we can only win – by gaining experiences, memories, self-confidence and a fulfilled life. "Coz we are all work in progress baby, we are all just work in progress”.