I often think about creative people. What inspires them, what motivates them.. Why do they create what they create..?
I recently googled “being creative” and found quite a few blog posts on it. Have you ever googled and searched online for being creative? Try it. The results were quite interesting and I could find myself in many areas.
Topics that came up when I searched “being creative”:
- Characteristics and traits of a creative person
- What creative people struggle with
- Signs of a creative person
- Habits of highly creative people
- Things creative people do differently
Being creative has run through my veins for a very long time. When I graduated from high school and was heading into University, I wanted to get an arts degree. My parents were against a creative degree and said “nope” go get a business degree. Which I did. So, it seems that I have been chasing art and design ever since then.
Do you work full time?
I made the decision to quit my job a month ago. My design business has been a side hustle and my life has been about “being busy 24-7”. Evenings, weekends, early mornings. That is me. Plus, I have kids! A lot of my time has been spent “thinking” about my creative work or designs, but not actually having the time or energy to actually do something. Sound familiar?
How about you? Does this resonate with you? What are the next steps for you?
I quit my job..
I jumped and resigned. It was hard and scary. However, I want to spend 100% my time designing, creating a business and owning my time and schedule. Moreover, I want my weekends and evenings to be free to be with my kids and not working on my “side hustle”.
Are you in the 9-5 hamster wheel and want out? Do you have bigger creative dreams then where you are right now? If you do, I feel you. It can hurt and Sundays can be scary.
Do you want to start a blog or a podcast?
What is next for you? Do you want to take your creativity to the next level? Are you in a creative slump and need to do something different?
I have been at this for 11 years. I love creating and sharing sewing projects. My blog has been a place to share sewing my love for sewing, plus tips and tricks I have learned along the way. I recently heard Patrice Washington talk and she said the following quote”
“When you know something you have a responsibility to share it with your friends”Patrice Washington
This really resonated with me. So going forward, aside from sewing tutorials and information on block printing, I plan to also share my process and the business side to my blog. Sound good?
Are you a creative person and looking for more? Keep reading b/c the four links below are a great place to start in the online world.
These four ladies are an amazing contribution to the online world and share a wealth of information.
Click on the link to head to the website:
Blogging Your Way – With Holly Becker
Do you want to start a blog? If you need to learn the basics in blogging, find one of her classes and join it immediately. Her courses aren’t pricey. She believes in offering her classes at prices that make learning attainable for everyone.
–> I took her BYW course in 2012 and launched my blog within weeks. It gave me a wealth of information and know-how. It was the jumping off point that I needed.
Do you need more information on the business side of design? Stacy makes design accessible to everyone. She has quite a few online classes in a variety of categories. Her main teaching point of view is for the business aspect of design. Who doesn’t want that? She is a true giver and provides so much business and behind the scenes information for the creative person.
–> I have taken many of her free mini courses ( how to make a card, how to make a calendar). I am in her annual membership called “Creative Powerhouse Society”. She provides prompts and has recorded interviews with design industry professionals.
Do you want to learn illustrator and be a surface pattern designer? If so, her course called “Immersion” is for you! Her immersion course is pricey, but it is worth it. Bonnie dives deep into illustrator basics and teaches about every single tool. She also provides information on building your portfolio and managing your files.
–> I took Bonnie’s Immersion course right when the pandemic hit and have never looked back. So far I have created 3 collections. After taking her course, you have access to the videos forever. This is important. When I have a question about Illustrator, I often pull up her videos and find the answer. She also has an annual membership called “Flourish” where
Do you want to start a podcast or create an online course? I saved the best for last. She just wrote a book called “Two Weeks Notice” and has an amazing podcast called “Online Marketing Made Easy”. If you are new to all this, start with her podcast and buy her book.
She has courses on list building (building an email list) and her main is course is called “Digital Course Academy”. She also has a membership called “Momentum”.Two years ago, a friend said I should create an online course and then I stumbled upon Amy. So, when Amy pops up in your instagram or Facebook feed, take her offering. You will get so much from your time spent with her.
— > I took her DCA in the fall of 2021. I launched my Block Printing Made Easy online course 6 months later.
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