This year is remarkably coming to a close. It's been an incredible year, but it seems the older we get the shorter the years get and the less time we're afforded to do the things we love to do. As creatives we juggle so much of our lives, not just work but the many thoughts that swim around in our heads. Some of those thoughts become ideas some drown in the abyss of those thoughts. I'm set to embark on a new journey as this year comes to a close and although my time with this blog (my chronicles) will lessen, it doesn't mean I'll be completely gone from it. I'm going to be more picky and choosey about the things I'll share here, but I do want to leave this post by sticking to the subject of creativity.
It's been tough these past 3 years to be an independent designer running a small business. There were days I didn't think that this would work. I felt like my insecurities were going to get in the way of my progress. That's when I realized I needed to be a better version of myself, not a different person, just better than I was at the moment. I remembered a promise I made to myself to do things that would scare me so I could grow. It quickly became a self-imposed challenge to grow my business, not by selling but by being friendlier, more approachable and more encouraging to others. Things began to change for my business and then I realized that my personal life was also improving. Those skills I learned I inadvertently applied to my relationships with friends and family. What I'm getting at is this... were asked to leave our personal lives at the door when we work, but the truth is we can't and we shouldn't, but we need to balance. Our professional lives and our personal lives are one in the same. Make time for both. Whether you clock in at a job or a home office, you're doing work for others, but don't forget to do things for yourself. Pick up personal projects to do and share it with people.
Surround yourself with "why not" people, because the "why" people will keep you from doing more than their comfort zone would allow . Sometimes they're your friends and family. Take chances and stick your neck out for your creativity by doing showcases and cons where people can see your work. Don't be afraid to fail, because you probably will, the key is to capitalize from those failures and try again and again. And encourage others to do the same. A great creative is one who admires the work of others, learns from it and the person who made it and tries to connect. A bad creative is one who holds himself above others and looks at other creatives as competition instead of a chance to make new connections. You were given a gift and it's a gift not everyone receives, so it's your responsibility to use it, honor it and explore yourself through it. We get one life, use it to fill the world with your creative voice. And get some sleep, will ya? ;)
I leave you with this video by the people at Behance, a great portfolio website and network that encourages creativity and connections.