My Creative Life

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

I don’t know what I was thinking with this Every Day In May blog challenge. I’ve done these kinds of marathon challenges before, and they always turn out the same: they feel like a marathon. More specifically, they transform my passion into a chore. I hate that. Sure, the pride of finishing the challenge is a great momentary high, but in the end, not worth the collateral damage of burn-out.

So I’m calling quits to this one right now, even though I have several days of posts that I just didn’t get to posting. I could go back and just delete my original challenge announcement and reschedule the two other posts that I did manage to publish. I wish life was as easy to edit as a blog. But I am not going to do that. I am going to honor my process, even though it includes a failure, ummm, or rather, set-back.

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Making My Goal

Making My Goal

You know what I’m thinking a lot about today? Goals. Setting them. Keeping them. Talking about them. Or in this case, writing about them. I was watching a Casey Neistat video recently where he was talking about his goal to run the equivalent of several full marathons within a few days. (He has a self-admitted addiction to running). The point of the video wasn’t really about running though. It was about making a promise to yourself, and then keeping it. Pushing until you feel it.

When I set out at the beginning of August with a goal to write a blog post every day, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it. If accomplished, it would be my most consistent blogging period EVER. But I knew I had to try. Mainly, for two reasons 1) I knew that if I wanted to really get my blogs launched I was going to need to build my muscle in the discipline department. And 2) although somewhat related, I knew I needed to try to find my writing routine.

Blog Every Day In August

Blog Every Day In August

Is blog every day in August even a thing? BEDA, hmmm, umm. This is what I was wondering earlier today when I was walking Alton.  Well, if it's not, it is now. Because I need to get to my ass in gear on this whole blogging thing. I finished this website over a month ago, and as usual life somehow takes over.

But it was really all part of the master plan. I always meant to get really busy and then purposefully wait until August to start blogging every day. Yep. That is the plan. And it is going PERFECTLY.

Showing Myself the Way

Showing Myself the Way

It's hard to put into words really... what I'm thinking and feeling these days about my creative journey. It makes for a challenging blog post, but I'm going to try nonetheless. What do you get when you combine equal parts self-confidence with self-consciousness? Mostly a frustratingly journey of starts and stops where I've found myself quickly motivated and inspired by others "success" only to feel empty and lacking of my own.

What it Means to be a Creative

What it Means to be a Creative

There is a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt that hangs on the bulletin board in my home office offers insight into what it means to me to be a creative person.

It reads: "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of the creative effort."

I'm not sure how FDR had time for creative outlets during his time as President for a historic three terms. But as a brief read through his biography on Wikipedia indicates, he was a scholarly man of many interests. So it is probably his appreciation for a pioneering creative person from which this quote derives.

Creative Advice: Stop Listening to Others and Listen to Your Own Voice

Creative Advice: Stop Listening to Others and Listen to Your Own Voice

As a creative this is the hardest thing to do: stop listening to others. Sometimes that includes yourself.

I know for myself, I struggle with this a lot. I’d love to say that I have a protective shield of creative confidence. And that my magic shield protects me from the doubts, insecurities and thoughts of inadequacies about what I am putting out into the world.

Attending My First VidCon Video Conference

Attending My First VidCon Video Conference

Andrew and I just returned from Anaheim where I attended the annual “YouTubers” VidCon Video Conference. My trip was charmed with wonderful conversation. During our flight our  seat-mate was happy to chat with us about lots of different topics. From the company he owns, to what we do, to current events, etc.

When Creatively Stuck, Believe in Yourself

When Creatively Stuck, Believe in Yourself

Like most creatives, I have my insecure moments. These are when I'm not sure what decision to make. When I can't see one definite plan, or clear path. When self-doubt is just over-whelming. This is when it's most important that I remember to believe in myself.

The Enemy of Perfection

The Enemy of Perfection

"Don't let perfect be the enemy of good" is a quote most attributed to Voltaire, the French philosopher and writer during the Age of Enlightenment. Variations of the sentiment have been espoused by philosophers and wise men (and women) throughout the ages. Like most great quotes, I think it stings when you read it because it's true. Progress can come to a stop in the quest for perfection. Many creatives can fall victim to this trap. What's the antidote? Just keep going.

Making Cards and Crafting

Making Cards and Crafting

I had such a fun night making cards and crafting with my girlfriends. Sometimes to get the creative juices flowing what matters is just showing up.

That is the approach I took when my good friend and fellow creative, Kate Watson, invited me to be a part of her group, Ladies Art Social. Once a month a group of women gather. Their purpose is to get their creative juices flowing by making art in different mediums.