2019: My Year of No Fear
So, I'm going to be honest with you. That title is a little misleading.
My 2019 isn't going to be a year of no fear, exactly... I mean, I'm still scared of driving to a new place without a GPS, hermit crabs, and thinking about eating ham (ugh, I just got the shivers just typing that!)
Those fears aside, in 2019 I am dedicated to losing any fears or worries I have about becoming one of the creative women that I look up to. I want to be a woman whose Instagram feed I would want to stalk! And, have a life that actually matches that - not just one that looks enticing on social media.
I'm no expert and will be figuring all of this out as I go, but I wanted to create a little 'Creative Girls Survival Guide' for myself and, hopefully, others! So, here's some of the essentials I'm giving myself in 2019!
Learn from other creatives
I always want to be good at anything I dedicate time to. I'm also not that great at asking for help. That's why I love how many amazing resources there are to learn from others without having to directly ask.
I love the Second Life podcast by Hillary Kerr and have recently gotten into the Don't Quit Your Day Job podcast by Cathy Heller, where I can listen to and learn from other creatives who are truly living out their passions.
Entrepreneurship, self care, and creativity seem to be huge buzzwords right now - which is great for finding community events that support your goals! In Cleveland, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is starting off the year with a Fixing My Finances event to get your money right for your creative endeavors. Your Local Girl Gang Cleveland has partnered with Free Period Press to host a Habit Setting Workshop.
Surround yourself with smiles
Yep, that sounds super corny - I know. And, maybe it is. But I LOVE corny stuff, so... so be it. I have dedicated both my work and home spaces to be spaces that I love. From the llama pillow on my couch to the handwritten cards that are tacked around my desk at work, I always work better when I'm simply happy in a space.
Sometimes the aesthetic isn't picture perfect or 'Instagram worthy', but it is a space worthy of my happiness and I love that.
Find your stress reliever
I'm SO bad at hobbies. Besides reading, it's really hard for me to find something that peaks my interest enough that I want to keep pursuing it. So, hobbies mostly just stress me out. At the end of 2018, I started to play around with embroidery kits after finding one on deep discount and quickly realized... wow, I found my thing!
I've used two cozyblue embroidery kits and my sister just ordered some from Eafior. I think I love it so much because I don't care if it's perfect. I love that embroidery is creative and keeps me busy but isn't super intense either. I also bought a Cozy Cacti crochet kit that Im going to try my hand at.
I also bought an electronic mini Skee Ball game that I am SO EXCITED to bust out during long work-from-home days or during a creative funk.
Be a bit selfish
No tricks or tools here. The one thing I realized in 2018 is that in order to be truly creative and truly myself, I need to be a bit selfish. Whether that means skipping a party to spend a day in a coffee shop or pushing the laundry off for a day to create a blog or finish a new book. Sometimes I feel like I need to follow these 'norms' - come home, go to the gym, do the laundry, make dinner, go to bed. And there's days where that totally works. But, there's other days when I have laundry piling up and some dishes in the sink but I'm just so dang happy browsing flea markets or reading new books... and that's ok!
Like I said, I'm no expert. I'm not a resolutions person at all. I typically jump around too much and simply forget what my resolution was to begin with. So, the best I can do this year is focus on being more creative - whether that's through the blog, other writing, crafting, or whatever other projects come my way.
Want to see how I spend my 2019? Follow the blog on Instagram at @RatherBeReadingCle.