I saw this quote on Facebook last week and it was something I really needed to hear. I am at the beginning in a couple areas of my life right now and I have definitely found myself comparing where I am at to people more settled or farther along. Currently, I am packing up a rental house and painting our new house. Everything is in a state of disarray. While I peruse catalogs and the internet for design inspiration I have to be careful not to beat myself up for not having an organized and styled home to live in at the moment. Also, after moving here from Chicago I am starting from scratch with my yoga business. I had a lot of connections there that I do not have here. I would like to slowly build up yoga classes and have to make sure I don’t jump into situations that are not right for me just because I am comparing myself to others who have been teaching here longer.
Does this happen to you? I have a feeling it does so I hope this quote makes you feel a little better just like it did for me. (I could not find the source to this quote so please share with me if you know!)
I wish you all of the best in your beginnings and support you on your way to a fabulous middle!
Sometimes I hear a whisper in my head that tells me what I’m doing is not enough. It tells me that my big, exciting dreams may not come true, because I may not be creative enough, or business-savvy enough, or unique enough. I may not have a good enough message. That I make too many mistakes. When I listen to the whisper, it slowly turns into a shout, until it’s all I can hear in my head. It’s very tricky, and cunning. It happens without my even realizing it’s happening. We all have that voice, don’t we? I don’t listen to it all the time, but man oh man, sometimes it can sneak up on me!
Hello, I’m back! After a very busy few months getting my rain boots into production (they’re now available for pre-order on my website!), traveling to Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair and Washington DC for Crafty Bastards, launching a brand new website, and working on what feels like a million other projects, I’m here with a new guest post!
And it’s a good one, I think, because it’s all about taking your power back and choosing to be in charge of your own business instead of listening to other outside voices and opinions. Sounds good, right?
For a long time in my business, I tried to do things the “right way”. I put that in quotes because I was trying to do things for my business that others wrote on their blogs I should be doing – people who were successful in my eyes and who seemingly had it all figured out. So all these bloggers’ opinions were swirling around in my head, telling me what I should and shouldn’t be doing, and I was listening. I allowed their views to be more important than my own, and it sucked my energy out of what I was doing. It wasn’t fun. Like, AT ALL. (more…)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!