I’ve been blogging since 2015 and have started (and occasionally finished!) several creative projects over the course of my life. This is an ongoing list of all the things that are becoming (sometimes painfully) obvious as I go along this journey of writing, creating and running a creative collective. Hopefully some of them can help you with your creative endeavors!
* Dream up all the things you want to do. Then cut them in half. I’m a firm believer in the old adage “If you can dream it, you can do it“…(just probably not all today).
* Go at half the pace you feel like you want to go when you are first starting out. That energy and excitement you feel at the beginning will not last. You are going to get to a hard part and you very well may need to slow down. If you start out at top speed, then when it comes time to slow, you are going to feel like you are letting yourself down.
* Do not listen to opinions of
morons people you don’t actually trust. Everyone will have an opinion. Likely none of them are trying to create the exact same thing you are, so be a duck and let those opinions roll right off your back.
* Don’t use buzzwords. Or, don’t fall victim to doing the same thing everyone else is doing (even if it seems to be working for them!) It can be so easy to feel like you need to fit into whatever blogger/social media marketing thing is getting all the hits and views right now. And you can try. If your authentic voice happens to perfectly fit into what everyone is doing and promoting, then do that. But I’m reminded of that episode of Full House, where DJ wanted to be popular in high school instead of eating her lunch in the cafeteria phone booth (??), so her and Kimmy Gibbler stuffed their bras and wore too much blue eye shadow and feathered their bangs. What happened? Shocker: They didn’t become popular. They just became weird versions of other people. Thankfully Aunt Becky sat DJ down real quick and gave her a womanly heart to heart about being yourself. (She also said that make up is supposed to enhance your natural beauty. #Makeup101.) My point is, I’m an adult and I don’t know about you, but wanting to be like the popular kids doesn’t get me out of bed in the morning.
* Be prepared for changes. No. Like, be REALLY prepared. Things won’t go to plan all the time. And if you asked me to describe myself in 100 words, none of them would be ‘adaptable’. Starting a business or creative project is this weird cycle of planning everything out and then preparing yourself for that plan not to work. It can be maddening, but the sooner you’re able to loosen the reins (not let go completely) it becomes a bit less stressful.
Have you started something new lately? Is it harder than you thought? Is it working out but in totally different ways than you imagined? What are you learning? Leave a comment or tell me on Instagram or Twitter @acatwehave
– – Brittany Forbes
Brittany writes in Canadian, loves in English, and dreams in French. She writes about travels and various other journeys over at Letters To Rayelle.