Holiday Survival for Creatives: Got the Van Gogh Blues?

Holiday Survival for Creatives - Got the Van Gogh Blues?

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I don’t think I’m out of line suggesting that populations of creative people tend to have higher numbers of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Often it’s the pain of these challenges that turns us to creative work in the first place. Of course the stress and chaos of the holidays can exacerbate mental health concerns and turn the whole season into a burden for anyone with mental and emotional issues. You’re not alone and you can survive. I’m speaking from experience, in case you can’t tell.

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Holiday Survival for Creatives: Side-Hustlers and Hobbyists

Holiday Survival for Creatives - Side-hustlers & Hobbyists

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Making things with your hands brings you joy and relaxation… until the turkey is out of the oven and everyone is looking at you. They expect you to head up the decorating committee at work because you’re “SO artistic!” or they want to pay you [not nearly enough money] to make a quilt/knit a sweater/build a hope chest for someone they love because you’re “SO talented!” Worse yet, you excitedly bought all the supplies back in July to make gifts for everyone on your list… now it’s December 15th and you have 2 out of 12 gifts done.

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The practical aspects of disappointment

(this is a follow-up to my post on the mindfulness of disappointment – read that HERE)

In my last post, I discussed how to reframe feelings of failure when you get turned down for an opportunity. While I’m specifically talking about juried exhibits and gallery shows, the advice can apply to more: job applications… promotions… product launches… any situation where you put yourself out there and it doesn’t turn out as you hoped.

In this post, I wanted to talk about some of the more practical aspects of the “you just got turned down” situation. Understanding these aspects can further help you get past feelings of disappointment and back to trying.

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Slow sewing

Examples in slow sewing | www.creativeandmindful.com

I’m all for racing my way through a sewing project to get it done. Chain piecing, rotary cutting, machine stitching… it’s all good. Especially when you quickly finish something wonderful and can proudly admire your work.

But there is also something so, so satisfying about slow sewing. Hand stitching, embroidery, cross stitch. Handwork like these is a mindful practice. A meditation, almost.  Read more

Side Project: Conversations with Creative Heroes

Death to Stock writing prompt | read more at www.creativeandmindful.com

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have been issuing thought-provoking writing prompts for some time now. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Care to read more of my Death to Stock prompt responses?

Prompt #1 | Prompt #2 | Prompt #3 | Prompt #4 | Prompt #8 | Prompt #9 | Prompt #10

The prompt.

What’s your next side project?

My response.

Sometimes I feel like everything I do is a side project. It wasn’t until recently that I knew there was a name for my jack(jill?)-of-all-trades-ness: Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #8 – The strangers that cross our minds

Death to the Stock Photo writing prompt #8 - www.creativeandmindful.com

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium. Read more

Death to the Stock Photo Writing Prompt #4 – Making & Breaking Monsters

Sidenote: I love to write but sometimes get completely stuck on what to write. Prompts are a really cool way to kick through a writing block and keep me warmed up and in the practice of writing regularly. Sometimes the stuff that comes out is complete garbage. Sometimes there are some diamonds in the rough.

The fine folks at Death to the Stock Photo have partnered with creatives (like Paul Jarvis) on occasion in the past to issue writing prompts and whatnot. Recently, they created their own series. If you’d like to participate, they post the prompts on their page at Medium.

Care to read more of my responses?

Prompt #1

Prompt #2

Prompt #3

Death to the Stock Photo writing prompt #4

The prompt.

Turn your biggest weakness into an imaginary monster. Now create a spell/antidote/weapon to destroy it.

My response.

Procrastination is an insidious devil. He lurks just around the corner, wearing a snide, handsome grin and a slim-fit, bespoke suit. Read more