I got my first rejection letter!

I read somewhere that if you’re not getting rejections you’re not reaching far enough. This has stuck with me. Probably because I avoid doing anything that leads to rejection. After letting this resonate with me for awhile, I have decided that I need to reach further.


Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and tons of other creatives have shared that they have all received a huge amount of rejections.  For some reason I found some comfort in this. In fact, I decided to take it in stride. I’m look forward to the rejections. It’s par for the course and I’m not going to get anywhere playing it safe.

This week (even though it made me feel a little sick to my stomach) I contacted two artisan boutiques about selling my work. The next day I received my first rejection letter. Turns out, it didn’t sting nearly as bad as I thought it would. I was given the reasoning that they are not looking for new artists at this time. Maybe for the first time in my life I managed to not take it personal. Then the second letter came, and guess what? They love my stuff and want to set up a meeting!

Whoa! Something I’ve wanted to do for over two years but was too afraid to stick myself out there, and with one simple email I have a meeting.

Time to stick myself out there. Bring on the rejections (and some new ventures)!


About Anastacia Drake - Fine Artist

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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