Inspiration

Category

5 Things You Can Do to Be More Productive Right Now

Being productive is something I’ve struggled with most of my life (and still do at times). For a while, I was the girl who relied on vague plans to reach my goals and was always frustrated with how “little” time I had to pursue them. When I started writing down my New Year’s resolutions a few years ago, I noticed that a lot of the ones concerning my dreams kept repeating year after year and I wasn’t getting any closer to accomplishing them. As someone painfully aware of how fast time flies, I was disappointed in myself for slacking on the goals that mattered so...

Why You Should Embrace Your “Worst” Projects

I’m a perfectionist. While this trait gets a pretty bad rap, I think it can actually be a strong one once you learn how to make it work for you rather than against you. Once you tame it, so to speak. Perfectionism is only bad when you let it immobilize you. If you use it to strive for the best but know when it’s time to step away, then you’re onto something. But knowing this and putting it into practice are two very different beasts. One of the hardest experiences to cope with is when a project you put your heart and soul into ends up falling short of...

Why Your Creative Process Isn’t Your Enemy

I’ve wasted a lot of time telling myself my creative process was wrong. Somewhere along the way, between being a free-spirited kid writing about her dogs and a young adult realizing that writing could be a career, I started to look at my creative process as my writing’s (and every other creative endeavor’s) enemy. The way I liked to work was something I needed to “overcome.” Something full of mistakes and bad practices that was going to hold me back from writing great books and taking great photographs and, generally, creating great art. It’s true that I definitely needed to be more disciplined. I was way...