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How To Deal With Overwhelm

We are starting this week of with some words of wisdom from Jessica Swift.  She just got accepted into Renegade Chicago and she is currently promoting her Kickstarter project to create patterned rain boots (with secret messages!). You MUST check them out! – Kerry 

Hello hello!

Today I’m writing about something that I’m willing to bet we all deal with sometimes as creative people running businesses, whether they’re successful, just budding, or somewhere in between, and that’s OVERWHELM. It’s something I’m dealing with currently, in fact, so it’s a timely topic for me. 🙂

I consistently take on too much. Do you do the same? I say yes to everything that comes my way, and then all of a sudden I’m in over my head (or at least it feels that way). And then I get paralyzed. Where do I begin? How do I prioritize? How in the world am I going to get all this stuff DONE?? I psych myself out, and then this fear of not getting it all done prevents me from actually doing anything! Can you relate?

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Stomping on the Demons of Comparison

Hi everybody! I’m so excited to be joining the team here, and I want to start off by saying that if anyone has any specific questions for me that you’d like me to write about, please email me at jess@jessicaswift.com. I get a lot of questions from people about how I started my business and how I’ve created a full-time career as an artist, and I’d love to use this monthly post as a place to write about specific topics in which you’re interested in hearing my perspective. I truly believe that we’re all here to help each other, and if there’s any advice that I can offer that might make your road to a creative career a bit easier, please say the word! I know I’ve asked plenty of questions as I’ve travelled along my path, and I’m incredibly grateful to the people who’ve been kind enough to help me, so ask away!

So, I know that many of you probably dream of (and are working really hard toward) having a career as a full-time artist or running a successful creative business – I remember when I first started out it seemed nearly impossible, and I compared myself to everyone who looked so successful thinking “how am I ever going to get to that level?” And don’t get me wrong, I totally still do that sometimes! I think that’s part of being ambitious – there’s always something to strive for, and there are always going to be people who are further along the path that you want to be on. And it’s healthy to admire people and to be inspired by people who keep you moving down your path. But there’s a fine line, I think. Comparing yourself to everyone else is a SUREFIRE way to get discouraged really fast. Believe me, I know first hand. And that’s really what I want to talk about today: How to keep those comparison demons at bay so you can just do your work and move your business forward!

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