Five questions to ask yourself when you're feeling scattered and overwhelmed

Five questions to ask yourself when you're feeling scattered and overwhelmed

The creative life can be overwhelming. Being driven by inspiration, creativity and dreams, it's easy to want to do everything. We run hither and dither, creating all over the place. There are multiple projects, developing your craft, social media and all the things to figure out.

We end up feeling scattered, not sure how to choose between our inspiring ideas. Time is constantly running out but little gets finished.

Prescription to heal a creative share hangover

Prescription to heal a creative share hangover

It's unavoidable if you're a person who share your creativity with the world. You share something with certain hopes and those hopes get smashed down. There you are, being all brave and you get no credit for it.

Common symptoms include sharp embarrassment, diffuse pain a little here and there, overwhelming shame, distrust in your creativity, an urge to delete your work, strong longing to hide or run away and sudden lack of self-confidence. 

Let's have a look at the treatment!

Books can change your life (so I'm starting a book club)

Books can change your life (so I'm starting a book club)

If it wasn't for one book in particular, I might never have started this blog. 

Maybe I'd eventually started a blog, likely a different blog, but that book gave me the idea of doing a Fear Year. And so, I started to share the adventures of facing my creative fears last year. Which then lead me to understand how much my mindset had been holding me back and what a huge difference some good strategies can have on your creative life.

What I learned from taking a creative break

What I learned from taking a creative break

At first, I didn't want to take a break. I had so many plans, so many dreams, my 2017 laid out in a spreadsheet. I didn't have time for a break. 

But it's when we feel like we don't have time that we need a break the most. 

I tried to ignore the little voice in my head that kept whispering that I needed to stop, to rethink and reconsider, but I couldn't.

Finding the right idea

Finding the right idea

It can be hard, this time of year, if you're searching for "the one".

Everyone else seems so happy, so in love, and your life is suddenly kinda grey in comparison. You dream of bumping into it on the street, chuckling awkwardly and getting a cup of tea together. You look a little bit extra around you, wondering if it's out there... 

Whether you'll also find the idea that is right for you.

Read this before you break up with your creative project

Read this before you break up with your creative project

Your beloved creative project, the one you were so pumped up about, the one you dreamed about, has transformed. Where you once could barely keep your fingers away, you now have to drag yourself. It takes some time for you to accept it, but it's ever so apparent once you do.

You've fallen out of love with your project.

How could this happen? You were so good together. 

The four steps of beginning a creative project

The four steps of beginning a creative project

To begin something, whether it's a creative project or something else, rarely happens in one moment.

Beginning is a process and it's a hard one. There are so many moments when it can end before you get past those first steps. So many thresholds you need to be brave enough to step over.

Let's look at the four steps of beginning, and what we have to do to not get stuck halfway through the start.

What I learned from one year of facing my creative fears

What I learned from one year of facing my creative fears

The idea of facing my creative fears during 2016 came out of the realization that I would never create unless I dealt with the reason I wasn't creating: fear.

When I set out on my Fear Year, I didn't have a list of fears and I didn't plan my year. I trusted that fear would show me the way forward, and it did.

This is what happened, and what I learned from it.

The fear of selling

The fear of selling

To sell is scary. There's the responsibility and the risk of messing up. There's feelings of turning into a one of those super-salesy persons you hate. There's the fear that you're creativity isn't worth paying for.

Let's have a look at the fears that come with selling, all fears I had before I opened my art shop. These are fears turned into objections that can keep you from being able to put your creativity out in the world, if you're not swimming in money and can give it all away.