Holiday Survival for Creatives: Side-Hustlers and Hobbyists

Holiday Survival for Creatives - Side-hustlers & Hobbyists

(Need context for this post? Check out the introductory post for this series.)

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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The pursuit of slow crafting

The pursuit of slow crafting |

The idea of doing anything slowly seems like a joke in our constantly connected world.

Even with my own focus on mindfulness and patience, I sometimes find myself getting restless while I’m waiting on an email or text response. I think it’s just ingrained in us these days.

Productivity means getting lots of things done quickly and efficiently, right? Quick means easy… right?? Read more

Fall in love with your problems…

Don't live your life in a country song |

…but don’t live your life in a country song

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. – Viktor E. Frankl

What do you find challenging in your life? If I asked you to make a list right now, what would be your list of “problems?”

If you had asked me those questions ten years ago, I could have made a list a mile long. I was miserable and I felt obligated to share that misery with anyone who would listen. Read more

What stillness is really about

I get Brené Brown’s weekly Courage Works email and it never fails to inspire me. But one of her recent messages really hit home for me and I wanted to share it.

I looked for it online so I could just link to it, but these must be reserved just for her subscribers. So I took a screenshot to share here. Full disclosure: these are Brené Brown’s words and the photo is by Andrea Corrona Jenkins.

Stillness - Brene Brown

The idea that stillness is not nothingness, but space for dreams and all kinds of other good stuff, is integral to my own meditation and mindfulness practice.

I have to say, this Course Works snippet really made me smile.

Want to get this kind of good stuff from Brené & team delivered to your own in-box every week? Subscribe to Courage Works – it’s free! (scroll down to the bottom of the main page to enter your email) I have been getting selective about my email subscriptions but this is a really good one!