I know you have a TON of excuses to NOT show your work.
Even though you know you need to do it.
Why show your work?
Showing your work helps you to grow
Whether your creative practice is just a hobby or something you earn an income from. Sharing is an opportunity for feedback and constructive critique.
There’s also something about stepping back and viewing a collection of your work that allows you to discover and refine your creative voice.
Because the act of showing your work is so scary for most of us, in doing it, we are pushed outside our comfort zone. The more we do this, the more evidence we create that showing our work isn’t actually the frightening thing we anticipated. We grow confident, bold and fearless.
Showing your work helps you to connect with your audience – or to build one in the first place.
If you make a living from your work, this is something you want because starting and nurturing relationships is how you get paid. It’s how strangers become fans, fans become customers and customers become ambassadors.
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I finished reading Atomic Habits in the same week that the first cohort of my SHINE program came to an end. Both are ultimately about systems because, as author James Clear affirms:
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
It’s been fascinating to read the book alongside witnessing the progress of my students because there have been so many parallels!
Here are my reflections on the key lessons – the laws – from the book, with support from my own experience, as well as from leading 41 creative business owners in building the foundations for a more profitable, sustainable and joyful business.
At the end, I share the new commitments I’m making to myself, having reviewed how my own habits can support progress towards my vision.
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You know that feeling when you know you should do something for the betterment of your life but… you don’t?
When you know you should leave a toxic situation/person/environment… but you don’t?
When you hold back from showing up to do something great because you think you’ll fail (even though objectively, you have everything it takes to succeed)?
Granted, sometimes life happens and we have to give ourselves the necessary grace. But, oftentimes, it’s that pesky unwanted visitor who gets way too comfortable.
You know who I’m talking about: Self-sabotage.
Here’s some good news though – we don’t have to let self-sabotage be our master. We can transcend its distractions, tricks, and redirections.
Continue reading “A self-sabotage exercise you didn’t know you needed”
If you’re already part of our mailing list fam, you’ll know all about ‘9 Good Things’. We love curating the series every month and we’re so happy with all the positive feedback we receive! This month, we’re doing things a little bit differently: we’re reflecting and sharing 9 good things from 2021. Thus, we thought this round-up deserved to live on our blog too. Enjoy!
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Celebrating black creative excellence
October is Black History Month in the UK. In the almost 12 years that I lived there, I had the honour to meet so many fellow black creatives and this week, I wanted to celebrate just a handful of them.
Over the years, I’ve been learning and experimenting with various productivity systems, in the quest to live a life of ease and abundance. In that time, I’ve discovered and implemented several habits and rituals with decent success.
However, I still found myself getting overwhelmed, and every so often, it was paralysing. You know that vicious cycle where you have so much to do that you feel you can’t do anything? Which means the list – and your anxiety – just keeps growing!
So many ideas and so many action points – not enough boundaries and not enough focus.
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In the past few months, I’ve been truly embracing my love for planning and organisation and creating tools to help others find more pleasure in it too.
Naturally, I want to write more about it too!
Being a single mum, business owner and a passionate, ambitious person, means that time always seems to be in such short supply. I have to be very intentional about my schedule and that means lots of planning.
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