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Stop Everything & Embrace the Fear

Drop Everything and Embrace the Fear: Do Something That Makes You Uncomfortable. Click to read why challenging to yourself to overcome your fear is a good thing!

Lately, I have seen a lot of articles written on facing your fears. I have found many of them to be extremely helpful and on track (I may not have launched Greens & Blues Co. if I had not read some of them), however, today I am going to take a slightly different viewpoint on it. Beyond just facing your fears by putting yourself out there and going for it; I challenge you to make yourself uncomfortable. Like, really really uncomfortable. Like when you are stuck between two people having the most awkward conversation ever and you have no way out – that kind of uncomfortable.

Why make yourself uncomfortable? You will face a fear. You will force yourself to try something you had previously told yourself you could not or would not do. You most likely will learn something new about yourself, whether it is the fact that you can face your fear and still survive, or even just a new skill that you learn.

One of the best ways to get out of a rut is to try something new. By trying something new, you usually have to make yourself uncomfortable. It’s not fun to suck at something. Especially as an adult. We are used to being good at whatever it is that we do regularly, so it is definitely out of our comfort zone.

What makes you uncomfortable? This is different for everyone:

  • Picking up the phone and calling someone.
  • Signing up for a class so you can learn something new.
  • Trying to make a new friend.
  • Sharing your work with others

I have always been the worst at drawing. I probably draw at the ability level of a 2nd grader. But, this is not surprising, because that is most likely when I stopped practicing drawing. However, I have always had an interest in drawing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. But, I am not good at any of them, and until recently had really not done anything about it.

Recently I started to learn and practice sketchnoting (a more visual way of taking notes that is a hybrid of writing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. You can learn more about it here.), which admittedly, is not actually drawing, but close enough that it still makes me start to sweat when I even think about sharing it with anyone. I’m still a beginner and definitely not good at it, but here is my sketchnote from a section of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert on how ideas work (on a sidenote, it’s an awesome book and you should definitely read it).

Stop Everything and Embrace the Fear: My sketchnotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

Make yourself uncomfortable today. Try something new, do something you have putting off, or even learn something new. Go embrace the uncomfortable!

Creative Challenge – What’s Your Idea?

Challenge You Creativity - What's Your Idea? Using What To Do With An Idea? as your guide, determine what your idea is. The one idea you can seem to get rid of . Click to learn more.

If you have not had the chance to read What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, I suggest adding it to your to-do list (in case you missed it, last week we talked about making a creative to-do list). I can’t say enough good things about it. In addition to being beautifully illustrated, the author captured the exact emotions of having an idea – what to do with it, trying to live without it, the fear, and more. I found myself shaking my head yes to each and every page.

I am a huge proponent of adults reading and finding meaning in books that were clearly written for children. What Do You Do With an Idea? should be required reading for all adults. Below are of a few of my favorite quotes from the book accompanied by my own thoughts.

“I didn’t know what to do with it. So I just walked away from it.”

At first, some ideas are too big – or at least they feel that way. We often think something is a great idea, but aren’t sure if we are the ones meant to see it through, or if even know how to take it and run with it. Instead of trying to get rid of the idea or storing it away for another day, what if you just went for it? Just started.

“I tried to act like everything was the same as it was before it showed up.”

When we do this, we soon realize the difference between ideas that are meant for us and ideas that are not so great. We can’t get rid of the good ones. Even if we are thinking it will take a lot of work, or we might fail – we can’t get rid of it. You are driving in your car, and need to stop and send yourself an email with a new idea. You are on Pinterest and you see the perfect inspiration for your idea. No matter what you do, your idea always seems to be hanging around. What if you just went for it? Just started.

“I showed it to other people even though I was afraid of what they would say.”

This more than any other line in the book hit home for me. I’m usually a pretty confident person, but when it comes to my ideas for Greens & Blues Co. I have a ridiculous fear of sharing it with people I know. The point of it all is of course to share it with the world, but I have had a really hard time sharing it with people whose opinions I value. I know it is the fear of looking stupid, but I have been unable to get over it. But, what if I just went for it? Just started.

“It encouraged me to think big…and then, to think bigger.”

My idea for Greens & Blues Co. has been circling around in my head for the better part of two years. In that time it has changed dramatically. I have changed the types of classes I want to offer, who my targeted audience is, how I will teach the classes and more. I have been able to alter my course of action by constantly learning and consistently reflecting on my idea and what I want.

Your Challenge:

Read What Do You Do With an Idea? Read it again and again. Then I challenge you to do something with your idea. More specifically – tell one person your idea. Someone you know in person. Once you get over that hurdle, tell a few more. The more you say your idea out loud the more your confidence will grow, and the better your idea will become.

Start right now. In the comments,  share your idea. What’s the idea you can’t seem to get rid of despite the fact that you have not acted on it? What idea follows you around because you know you want to do something about it? The idea that scares you a little bit? I can’t wait to hear from you!

p.s. This is an excerpt from my free course – Challenge Your Creativity. If you enjoyed this, click here to enroll in the course now.

 

September Inspiration

Like many people, I my absolute favorite time of year is fall – September and October are where it’s at. Because I am so over the top about fall, I made sure not to include the obvious fall choices in this list – but of course I am loving pumpkin candles and such right now. So here is my short list of what is inspiring me currently.

My sister Becky’s instagram account. I may be a biased because she is my sister, but the photographs she takes on her phone are ridiculous. Also, she makes a habit of only spending time in the most beautiful places in the world. Prepare to be awed.

I came across this picture on Pinterest months ago and I keep coming back to it because I love everything about it: the colors, the textures, the composition. It has been my inspiration for several projects.

My favorite online shop for digital downloads is Caravan Shoppe. I absolutely love everything there! Even better, if you browse around, you can find some free downloadable prints. Just looking around the shop makes me want to go create something.

Last week on Pinterest I came across this pin and was introduced to Two If By Sea Studios. I absolutely love her work. The post she writes is definitely worth a read – a great reminder about making time for creativity each and every day. In addition, the graphics in posts are photos of her sketch book and I’m love all of them.

What is currently inspiring you?

Free WorkBook: Click.Create.Share.

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Another free WorkBook!. This WorkBook is filled with challenges and projects that will prompt you to think about the photos you take. Designed to be completed over 4 weeks, you will practice your storytelling skills while getting out and taking more photographs.

Click.Create.Share. – As this  title indicates there will be creative prompts for you to challenge your photo-taking skills. In addition, along with each challenge, you will receive directions to complete a project.  To complete each project, you will use the photographs you took that week based on the challenge.  Finally, I encourage you to share your final projects. Whether you want to share a particular photo you are proud of, or an entire project you finish – put yourself out there. Share your work!

Projects from this WorkBook include creative storytelling based on the photos you take for the week. You will also use the photographs you capture to reflect on your own life and tell a story using them. Finally, you will have the opportunity to create an amazing gift for someone while challenging yourself and your photographic skills.

In addition to challenges and projects, this WorkBook includes ideas for resources you can use to complete your stories. You may find these resources are helpful in future projects you have.

Why should you use this WorkBook?  It will challenge you creatively: first, to take photographs that tell a story, and second, you will be inspired to create based on those photos. This WorkBook can be used as a fun challenge or to steer you out of a creative rut.

I’m excited to see what you create from this WorkBook.  Please share using #greensandbluesco or by emailing greensandbluesco@gmail.com.

Click here to get your free WorkBook: Click.Create.Share.

 

August Inspiration List

As July turns into August, I thought I would share a few things that are currently inspiring me.

Something to make – Even though this movie came out awhile ago now, this is definitely still on my list.  While I do know how to knit, I think I am going to have to up my game to be able to make this.  I have seen many patterns on Ravelry, so now I just need to choose one and get started.

Something to learn – Graphic design is an area I have been interested in for awhile, but have yet to learn much about it. This could be a good way to start. It reminds me of using flashcards when I was younger to learn multiplication tables.

Something to stay organized – I love everything that Mary Kate McDevitt does.  I took one of her classes on Skillshare and am so impressed with all of her beautiful lettering. I am unabashedly jealous of her. I’m going to order this.

Something to read and decorate with – this is fantastic. All of the beautiful prints are 4×4 and easy to tear out.  I have been finding different places around my house to hang them – starting with my daughter’s room.

Something to help me work with others – this website is a great tool for organizing brainstorms – by yourself or with others.

What is currently inspiring you?