Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fake it 'til you make it

Fake it ‘til you make it.  Sherri Olsen first introduced me to this concept.  She was my career/life coach back in 2004…way before I had my career & life all figured out.  (That’s a joke.)

At the time, I think I was preparing for a job interview and needed that extra little boost of confidence.  I wasn’t quite sure that I was qualified for the job.  But she said something that stuck with me:  When you start acting “as if,” you actually “become.”

> I interrupt this story to tell you some exciting news:  My Moo Minicards arrived this week!

Over the past year or so, it's felt really good getting my photos out into the world.  I want to share more.  But when someone asks for my contact info., handing them a business card from my day job doesn't feel quite right.  So what is a girl to do, but Moo?  [sorry, it's getting late.. :) ]

 (It reads: Kate Daniel - Photographer   Artist   Dreamer)  
To be honest, I thought long and hard about ordering these.  Actually, the ordering part was easy; it was deciding what to write on them that was the difficult part.

I mean, am I really a Photographer?  Am I really an Artist?  Am I really a Dreamer?  One of these, I can definitively state, “YES!”

Fake it ‘til you make it.  We all start somewhere.  When you start acting ‘as if,’ you actually become. 

I mean, it feels really good.  It feels right.  It feels authentic.  And isn’t that the whole idea anyway, to bring more of these feelings of excitement, thrill and passion into my life?

So there you have it.  I am throwing it out to the world.  I am a Photographer.  I am an Artist.  And I am a Dreamer.  

I am choosing to fake it ‘til I make it.  And if I never “make it,” then at least I enjoyed the ride.  But what does “make it” really mean anyway?  

I’ll save that for another day...


  1. first. the way you interrrupted your low to show the box of moos cards. made my day. do you know how many times i am writing a post and suddenly i realize my brain has taken another direction. oh that made me snort.

    i am so proud of you. you are an artists! and i love that you said it with such conviction, knowledge and as if you have never doubted it.

    and thanks for posting. i have been missing everyone so much. this way i get my fix.

    love to you and a BIG hug.

  2. You are a photographer. You are an artist. You are a dreamer. Yes you are.

  3. YOU ARE ALL THREE and i love each one of them.

  4. Yay! You definitely are.

    (Ha. I avoided that puzzle by not putting "I am" words on mine. I feel like I would still be pondering. ;)

  5. i have thought of you as an artist and a photographer since the day i first saw you. i LOVE your card and wish i had one of them. i am somewhat of a design geek...i collect people's business cards...have ever since i was a little kid...little wonder i grew up to design them, oh and when i first became a designer i totally faked it 'til i maked (made) it. :)
    love you and miss you terribly! ♥

  6. you ain't gotta fake anything are all those and so much more. i loved our time in port townsend. such wonderful memories. love you dear girl! xoxo

  7. How very cool!

    congratulations K8!!