I am doing

I just got my first one star review on Amazon. It’s kind of a right of passage, I suppose as I’ve started to sell a lot more books. And actually, it’s been a rather brutal few months for criticism for me in various areas of my life. There seem to be quite a few people who really don’t approve of who I am and what I am doing.

But I am doing. And it feels really really good to do.

A few years ago, I probably would have deleted all my social accounts, taken down my website, stopped participating in the activities that are getting challenged, curled up and hidden from the world. Not that I’m a particularly sensitive person, but when you’re already dealing with crippling self-doubt, it’s hard to get negative input from outside sources.

But I feel different in this moment. Because of you. Because of the people I have connected with the more I put myself out into the world. I not only know there are people that care, I know that my efforts to improve myself while engaging honestly with the world around me often help people, at least in some small way. Why would I stop that?

A one star review from an adult snob on a book I wrote for toddlers is such a weird thing. Should I care? And criticism from people who don’t like what I am doing or saying when I am trying to do some good in the world – should it matter?

I’m inclined to think it does not.

So, go. Do. Do some more. Believe me. It feels great.



  1. jpcreatives
    Jan 5, 2019

    Maybe the criticism of those that do not approve of who you are or what you are doing are simply expressing jealousy because they are not happy in their own life.

  2. Rhonda
    Dec 19, 2018

    Good for you, Jill. Some people feel the need to speak negatively about almost everything. We have to be who we are, as God crested is to be. As for me, I appreciate your creative nature and enjoy you for just being you.

  3. Suzy
    Dec 18, 2018

    I’m SO glad that you are powering through. Your work is beautiful and soulful! You are in my top 10 favorite illustrators!

  4. Sara Howard
    Dec 18, 2018

    You are following your bliss and your heart…one cannot do more to be a better “you.” Congratulations!

  5. Mary Dawn Pafford
    Dec 18, 2018

    Your chosen path caused us to meet. I appreciate all that you do and wish more unfolding success.
    Negative input shows lack of control on those without a filter. You’re doing just fine!

  6. Susan
    Dec 18, 2018

    Your doing fantastic. Forge away!!!!!


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