As creatives, we like to pride ourselves on the breadth and stamina of our magnificent imaginations. If you’re anything like me, you thrive on exploring new possibilities and concepts; in fact, you’d do it all day. You’re excellent at the exploring part, but then you’ve got to do the work.
Things suddenly seem less appealing, and all of those exciting ideas you had just a few moments ago swirl into a wave of overwhelm. Before you know it, you’re swimming in more than you can handle.
You’re here because you want to make an impact. Change lives. Be the difference. These are the things you dream of, and yet perhaps sometimes you feel small. Insignificant. Like you’re drowning in the noise of the world.
We seem to have this idea that impact is what happens when you finally grow your blog following, or finally publish that book. But impact isn’t a summit you eventually reach; it’s a mountain you climb; a lifestyle you build. Impact starts when you make a choice.
Technology is like one giant outlet—and we’re always plugged in. Whether through social media, texting, or randomly surfing the internet, we’re always fighting to stay “in the know”. Keeping up is addicting.
When we come unplugged from the fast pace of society, we don’t know what to do. It’s as if life support itself has been cut off. What’s happening? Who’s up to what? The immediate feeling of isolation is maddening—and we panic. Disconnect. But if it’s that easy, were we ever really connected?
We live in a culture that likes to skip November. In our minds and our stores, October changes to December in the blink of an eye: Halloween candy out and Poinsettia plants in. And just like that, the month of November gets swept under the rug; a block of time we wish would speed by.
Society is plagued by a terrible, life-sucking disease: as soon as one big thing is over, it’s on to the next. And the next. And November, the only month dedicated to appreciating things as they are, is forgotten.
As creative people, social media is one of our greatest resources. Whether you write, sing, draw, or blog, social media is a must if you want to share your gifts with others.
As I’ve built my own social media presence, I’ve learned—and continue to learn—a lot about the different platforms, their functions, and their benefits. And somehow, I always come back to Instagram. The more I use it, the more I realize: it is the number one platform for creative people.
Writing is hard. Every time you sit down to work, you must transfer the deepest parts of yourself onto a two-dimensional, white surface while being mocked by a blinking cursor. And it never gets any easier.
I’ve seen writers who are some of the bravest people you will ever meet, and others who are the most cowardly. And the reason that writing never gets any easier is because the act of putting words on paper is a constant battle between the two.