Creative Juices Stopped Flowing? What to do When you don't know What to do.

October 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What do you do when you aren’t feeling creative?  Sometimes I’ve been working on a project for so long, I just totally lose interest- like I don’t even like anything I’m creating anymore.  Quitting isn’t an option, so what do you do to refresh and get back on track?  Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite go-to’s when I’m feeling dry.

 

1) Talk with a fellow creative and ask for encouragement.

In today’s world, we are all supposed to be self-sufficient and independent (especially if you are a woman).  Guess what- I’m going to let you in on a secret?  That’s bulls=&*.  We are human beings created to be with one another- to learn from one another and to care for one another.   In reference to the world, we are in the minority when it comes to not being a communal culture.  What am I saying?  Go ask for help for goodness sake.  When I’m feeling discouraged, I pick up the phone and shoot a text to one of my fellow photographers and ask for encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism.  Without fail I feel better after talking with her.  Truly.  Try it- I dare you. 

2) Step away from the computer. (or canvas or whatever medium you use to create)

Go grab a latte or a steaming hot cup of tea and take a minute (or 5 hours) to clear your head.  Read a good book or take a long shower: all things that help me immensely. 

3) Browse Pinterest.

While it can be our arch-nemesis, sometimes looking at Pinterest and into someone else’s creativity can re-spark your own.  Looking at image after image of what other people have done can be really helpful- just don’t let it be a discouragement.  Whoever posted that perfect looking living room with matching décor probably took half a year to decide what they wanted and then another half a year to re-decide what they wanted- then they cleaned the house and snapped a photo and then it was clean for another .2 seconds before their 2 year old threw Cheerios everywhere- I promise. 

 

These are just a few things that I try to do when I need a little creative pick me up.  Do you have anything that helps you?  Feel free to leave your comments below and we can all help a fellow-creative out!  Now, go get that latte and call someone!


Don't Quit Your Day Job

September 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I’ve been milling around this idea in my head for quite some time and I’m finally able to put some pen to paper , keyboard to computer.  I often wonder about my business and want to know if it’s even worth it.  Will I ever succeed?  What does success even look like?  What can I be doing better?  Questions one and two are directly related to number 3.  As creatives and creative entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and want to quit your day job, pursue your passion, and make tons of money. 

Who of you knows a creative that makes tons of money right away?  Yeah, me neither. 

ANYWAY, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and reaching out to some of my family (namely my awesome sister co-founder and co-owner of Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags)

and friends and have come up with a few tips on “what I can (and you too) be doing better.”  We’re calling this entry “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” and wouldn’t you know it- that’s tip number 1.

 

  1. Don’t Quit Your Day Job:  Ever heard of that little ol’ book, “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert?  Yeah, she finally quit her multiple other jobs after this book hit number one on the New York Times Best Seller List.  Her book “Big Magic” is an awesome resource and you should be reading it if you aren’t already.  She says this to creatives, : “I also advise against the goal of having your artistic work support your life, financially. Of course this is the dream of dreams—to make a living by your art—but it is a rare thing, when that works out.”  
  2. Dont forget about yourself or your family.  Hard work is great, but if you don't take care of yourself, everyone suffers.  
  3. Work Environment Is King:  Make sure to balance hard work and fun.  It makes everyone in your business happier and healthier and is great for team bonding.  If you don't have a team this is still important.  Read a solid fiction novel once a month (see number 5 for a good one), get lots of exercise, and make your work space a nice place to be in- since you are there a lot.    
  4. Network,Network, Network:  Get to know people, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable.  You may get to talking and find out you have just the skills they are looking for- or maybe even they for you.  You might even find a mentor or seasoned creative who can encourage you to keep going, to keep pursuing your passion. 
  5. Show Up:  Keep practicing.  Keep learning.  Sign up for that online class or check out a new book from the library  If you are a writer, write; a painter paint; a photographer, get out there and shoot something new!  You can’t get any better if you don’t keep trying.  Here’s a great blog post you can read about showing up written by my friend Jackie Lea Sommers, author of “Truest”: https://jackieleasommers.com/2014/06/04/butt-in-seat-why-showing-up-works/

 

Inspired yet?  I hope so.  Don’t ever stop being a creative and keep on keeping on.  You are doing great work and encouraging others to do the same!    


Perks of Administrating

September 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I mentioned in my previous post that I work as an Administrative Assistant Ninja for Joshua Lance CPA, LLC.  One of the perks of being a photographer and an Admin Ninja is that I get to pick the images that people see of us on our website.  And by pick, I mean capture the images myself and make sure they are up to my standard of liking.  That is what I call #winning.  Here are a few shots of my lovely co-workers.  Oh and shameless plug, if you need an awesome firm to take care of all your accounting and tax needs, check us out!

 

It's so fun working with these people.  We are all so different and that's one thing that makes our firm super unique.  I like to tease them that they are all nerds but really, we are all nerds, we just geek out about different things.  Somehow I have decided my nerdiness isn't as much since I like cool things like font and color scheme :)  I couldn't really ask for better co-workers!  Thanks guys for being so fun and awesome (even if you are all accountants ;))


T-shirts and Calculators

September 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

    

 

 

When I'm not doing mom/wife things and I'm not out taking your family photos, you can usually find me doing one of three things,

reading a book,

watching my current favorite show (Suits),

or working for Joshua Lance, CPA LLC.

 

JLCPA is a cloud based accounting firm that provides accounting and tax services to businesses and individuals- primarily focused on tech centric companies, start-ups and craft breweries.  While I know next to nothing about accounting, I can administrate things quite well.  I super geek out about having things organized and making things look awesome.  My latest endeavor has been to re-brand our blog- enter T-shirts and Calculators.   You can read our launch blog here  , written by yours truly! 


Booking Fall Mini-Sessions!

September 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment