If you’re reading this, chances are—like me—you tend towards over-committing. Whether it’s a juicy opportunity you hadn’t planned for but can’t pass up, the result of a bad case of FOMO, or a symptom of difficulties with the word “no,” you recognise you have a problem and it’s time for something to change. A common trait that most over-committers share is over-optimism. Continue Reading…
In most success stories, luck plays at least a partial role. Someone found themselves in the right place, at the right time, talking to the right person or sharing their work on the right platform. They got lucky.
Or did they? Continue Reading…
You know the kinds of days I’m talking about. The days we wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and suddenly it’s 11am and where did the morning go? The days when it’s dark, cold, raining, and we’d much rather huddle under the duvet watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt than get up and do our daily creative practice, let alone anything else. The days where it feels like we’ve sat staring at our computer screen forever and are making zero progress towards that important thing we needed to do today.
These days happen. We can set up our lives in a way that makes them less likely, but they still happen. Maybe we’re feeling under the weather or didn’t sleep so well, perhaps we’ve over-committed, or maybe we’re just experiencing a little analysis paralysis around all the things we want to do.
Whatever the case, the day isn’t over until it’s over. Here are a few simple but effective ways we can hit the reset button on a no-good unproductive day: Continue Reading…
Most writers and creatives know a daily creative practice is good for them. It’s good for their craft, good for their mindset and very good for their depth of curiosity and inspiration. Creativity is like a muscle and daily workouts are one of the most effective ways to strengthen it.
With a daily creative practice, a few general rules are helpful to remember: Continue Reading…
Artist dates are an invaluable tool in any creative’s toolkit. Not only are they useful for replenishing our creative energy, but they also provide us with inspiration and opportunities to follow our curiosity with no agenda or distraction.
The concept comes from Julia Cameron’s 12-week course, The Artist’s Way. She introduces artist dates early in the course as a foundational practice, explaining:
“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery…When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”
The beauty of these occasions is they have no agenda or motive, except to follow your curiosity. And they’re not just for artists (I certainly don’t consider myself any kind of art aficionado). Creatives of all persuasions can use artist dates to invigorate their craft.
Last week, I share two posts about this over on Becoming Who You Are. The first was about the magic and science of these dates: why they work, how they work and a few important guidelines for creating your own. The second included 52 ideas for artist dates (one for each week of the year) plus a free artist’s date planner you can download and use to plan, schedule and review your dates.
Check them out here:
Do you use artist dates? If so, what are your favourite suggestions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Image: Sebastian Unrau
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a wonderful packed with inspiring quotes about creativity. Although parts of the book might be a little “out there” for more rationally-minded readers, her insights into dealing with fear, courage and other parts of the creative process make this book a must-read for anyone engaged in personal or professional creative pursuits (for more details, check out my review here).
If you’re looking for creative inspiration for your next project, check out some of my favourite quotes from the book below: Continue Reading…
I love Sarah’s business & blogging advice and this round-up is no exception: 4 common business resolutions & everything you need to do to keep them
It’s a new month so it’s time for more book recommendations. I’m sharing nine fiction and non-fiction reads from last month over on Becoming Who You Are today.
Click the image below to head on over and take a look:
What have you enjoyed reading recently? Share your recommendations in the comments.
For a year, Shonda Rhimes said “Yes” to all the things that scared her
A good read on writing psychology: Top 10 writing tips and the psychology behind them
Amazing advice: The art of asking: or, how to ask and get what you want
It’s not you: three things to consider in the face of failure
Overcoming the 10 biggest obstacles to creating
Entitlement vs. worthiness
Read this when you need a pep talk: I’ve been wanting to tell you
How (and why) you should read more
6 ways you can build good karma into your business (without losing lots of money)
The difference between selling and sharing
Filing this Gold Moon Wall tutorial from A Beautiful Mess under “For when I’m not renting anymore”.
Grab your tissues, and get ready for the most beautifully-made and moving tribute to a pet man has ever seen:
What are you reading, making and watching this week? Leave a comment and share your favourite resources.
7 things to fix in your first self-edit
It’s called work for a reason
Why fear isn’t a factor
Why no one understands you (and what to do about it)
How to feel unproductive and worthless in one easy step
4 ways to conquer self-limiting beliefs
If I waited until I felt like it, I wouldn’t have a business
The psychology of money
A simple secret to success: teach what you know
What are you reading, making and watching this week?
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