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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.

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.

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.

Let's break you out of that creative block

Let's break you out of that creative block

You just... can't.
You want to, long to, but you can't. 

Something is standing between you and creating, and it's a big, fat block. 
Telling you over and over not to create.

Sitting down to create gives you anxiety.
You feel lost and have no idea how to go on.
Creativity becomes so hard, it's practically impossible.

It's a state that wrecks projects and kill dreams.
Let's break it together, before it's too late!

Design your own sustainable creative life

Design your own sustainable creative life

It's easy to dream of a creative life.
To build one that fits with everything else in your life is harder.

A sustainable creative life is one where you can keep creating and keep living, without burning out. I'm not talking money here, I'm talking life.

Finding creativity among dishes and bills. Creating in spare moments when you're tired and overworked. Getting out of procrastination mode when there's endless other things you could do. Not pushing yourself so hard that life becomes stress. Making time for making.

Let's design your creative life. Let's find a plan that helps you create, in real life and not just in a perfect fantasy world.

When you feel like throwing your creative project across the room, read this instead

When you feel like throwing your creative project across the room, read this instead

You know the feeling, right?

You have an idea. Something you want to create, a vision, a little dream longing to be brought to life. It's tickling the back of your head, pulling you towards creating. You decide to do it. It's going to be brilliant. It's such a beautiful idea.

And then you just can't do it.

Let's talk about that frustration, of what we can do instead of throwing things across the room and give up on our projects.

Guide to a creative summer project

Guide to a creative summer project

Summer is a time we often want to do something creative, something we don't have the time or energy to focus on when we're stressed by work and in the middle of our every-day life. But it's also a time to relax and reload, and a too ambitious summer project can get in the way of slowing down.

If creativity is calling for you this summer, let these four questions help you choose a good summer project. 

How I overcame my fear of drawing

How I overcame my fear of drawing

One of the unexpected paths that emerged when I decided to follow my fear this year was the fear of drawing. If you're not in the boat with me here, it may seem a bit silly. Seriously, how scary can it be to draw? That's something most of us have done since we were kids. Well, for me, that was the problem.

Today, I reveal the steps I took from scared with no self-confidence to calm and confident when I draw.

How we dare to create where fear and passion is strongest

How we dare to create where fear and passion is strongest

Our most important creative work often lies in the place where our fear and passion is strongest. Naturally, creating in that place is hard, very hard.

We care so much, we can barely touch it.

It’s so loaded with hopes and longing, we get scared of it. We get scared we can’t do it, that we’ll fail and all those hopes will come crashing down. If that dream disappears, we don’t know who we’d be.

Our dream gets trapped in a state of inaction.

But we can do it, with some manipulation of the situation. Let me present a model for doing that scary, passionate work.