As I’ve been working on developing Matter + Time, I’ve been searching around a bunch for some… preemptive support, we’ll call it?
I’m really excited about the idea, and it’s a subject matter that I’d like to explore and get other people stoked on, but I’ve always had trouble using myself as a good enough justification for anything – meaning, if I don’t have an external motivation (eg: deadline, money, other people), it’s really hard for me to do something that’s just “for me.”
So, as I tend to do, I’ve been searching around for a little advice from other people – mostly bloggers – who are further along with their careers. I’ve come across some really inspiring and supportive words, and I think they’re worth sharing. Some of them are very blog-focused, but I think there’s a lot of good life advice in all of it, especially for people within any creative profession. I can’t recommend any of these enough if you’re feeling down or needing that extra push to keep doing what you do.
Creative Something always – always – has great advice to help anyone get through the frustrating parts of the creative process and keep you going. It’s a blog that I think everyone could read on occasion, whatever your profession. It really pushes the idea that creativity doesn’t have to be exclusive to art- and design-based careers or lifestyles.
With Intention’s Jess Lively
Jess Lively is a business/style/life consultant who offers loads of encouragement on being you, keeping a good perspective on life and growing your business and self. I recently signed up for her Wish I Knew Wednesday newsletter, and I’m so happy I did. She pushes you to really think ahead about what you want from life, and to live “with intention.” This post is a great example of one that hit home and got me moving and focused on what’s important to me.
A Beautiful Mess
Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess mostly focus on DIY and Lifestyle blogging, but with super “yo, you got this!!” posts mixed in on the regular. I just signed up for one of their e-courses and reading Elsie’s personal story has been so reassuring, especially at the beginning of what I hope is a many-years-long journey. It’s absolutely given me a huge boost of much-needed confidence to move forward with my projects, to focus on doing what I love, and to be honest and true to myself.
Satsuki is a creator in just about every way. She maintains a blog with piles of beautiful photographs and regular updates on what she has in the works, but what really jolts me is her Twitter. I swear, every day since I began following her, she’s managed to say just what I needed to hear in 140 characters or less. It’s always eloquently put, concise, and powerful.
Blog, INC. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! wrote the book on blogging. Literally. I’ve been working through it slowly, but it’s been a great go-to for the process of developing a blog altogether. It’s slowly – but very surely – helping me get over the frustrating stigma that sometimes surrounds the idea of being a “blogger” – a stigma that has absolutely kept me from pursuing this kind of instantaneous publishing platform as a passion and way to connect with other people who share my interests. I’m building the confidence I need to give a big middle-finger (or… okay. I’m more of a shoulder-shrugger anymore) to anyone who so much as raises their eyebrows at the idea of blogging. Yeah, that’s right. I’m a blogger now. What. I said it. Whatchu gonna do about it. ::middle finger::
AND! of course…
Make it Modern at Design Milk
Yeah. I know. I’m writing the column. But that’s the thing! While I was pretty amped up to get M+T going at the beginning of the year, getting to write a column for Design Milk (!!!) has given me the enormous push I needed to really have-at-it. Like I said, I have trouble holding myself to obligations “for me,” so that extrinsic motivation is HUGELY helpful. I really hope it inspires other people in absolutely any way – to make something with their hands, to pull together their own DIY column, to play with color and form and fabric, to shift around their furniture – any way at all. Aside from the column itself, if I can offer anyone advice, it’d be to find a way to turn what you love doing into an obligation – an obligation to a friend, an employer, yourself – whoever will genuinely hold you accountable and make you stick to it.