by Cricket Desmarais
As you might recall, this post was born from a series of notes that I took after waking in wee hours, which is NOT part of my typical creative protocol. When revising the chicken scrawl of notes the next day, I decided that it was important to end with the most important of the 11 essentials of bridging business with creativity: JUST BE YOU.
It was originally the first essential & in many ways, still is. How can you create an entire business model for yourself if you aren’t coming from a place of authenticity? You’ll eventually get bored & lack the motivation necessary to keep it all flowing forward.
Given that you are a highly creative individual, I doubt that you’ll have any problems with this essential element.
But there is something else to consider, & it’s coyly wrapped around the concept of FLOW vs. FORCE. It has to do with honoring who you are in the time/space you are currently in.
In other words, what worked for you when you lived in Oakland might not serve you well now that you live in Sag Harbor. Or how you went about things this winter might not feel so fun now that it’s nearly summer.
Usually, this only deepens the creative connect within, & the clarity & momentum necessary to make it all FLOW streams out of you effortlessly. You don’t second guess yourself much, & things feel pretty easy.
Now THERE’s a FORM that FITS!
But sometimes, things shift from where you first began, & you evolve BEYOND that place.
Even though you may have started with a powerful, authentic idea of what you wanted to create/offer/deliver, by the time you reach the end of that particular project, it’s just not in you anymore. Or rather, YOU’RE not in IT. & the effort to keep it moving forward is huge & sometimes exhausting.
& that’s ok. No failures here, no shoulda, coulda, if only’s & woulda’s to lament. Count your lucky stars you figured it out now before driving yourself in deeper, & consider all that you learned along the way. I know it might sound hokey, but it’s true.
There is a fine line between the two, however, & sometimes you just aren’t sure which side you are on. Do you keep on keepin’ on, or do you scrap it & start over?
That’s when it’s important to call in these resources:
Honesty. Check in with yourself & see if you really care about what you are doing. Generally, the desire you have about something will feed your fire to keep the flame alive. Hold the torch high & feel it’s warmth as you stand below it.
Patience. Things take time. It’s easy to get disheartened when things aren’t working out as quickly as you planned. If you’re truly doing all the work necessary & also tending to your personal mojo so that you don’t get burnt out & bring heavy energy to your project, you’re more likely to see the fruits of your labor sprout up sooner than later.
Trust in the process. This one is a biggie. It’s hard to keep giving your creative time, talent & energy towards something if you don’t ultimately trust its purpose in your life. Trusting your process & knowing the creations that come from it are on purpose are critical in building your momentum.
Doubt is the extinguisher of creative flame. tweet this.
Shape shifting & revision. Sometimes you’ve got the foundation for something really fantastic but somehow, it’s just not working out as planned. You don’t want to force it along but you don’t want to scrap it either. Why not put on your creative thinking cap & see if you can’t transform it into something that excites you more?
Truth be told, I’m hanging by a thread with some of my original hopes for this blog. I value my readers but the engagement just isn’t happening as I’d hoped for. Never mind the notion of new clients! I’m exhausting my marketing savvy & am not seeing much return for my creative investment. This isn’t just a hobby, after all.
There’s also the fact that it’s finally nice outside, & I want to step away from my desk & be out in the world more. I want to play with my girls, & make art & invent stories & adventures as they come. Spontaneity is knocking hard at my door.
But I also don’t want to ditch the blog entirely. So, I will try on another form to see if it fits better. Stay tuned for CREATIVE PROMPTS that will help you dive into flow & put form aside for a while.
It’s time to party. Your invite has arrived. I hope you’ll come & be fully yourself when you get here!
&, of course, I’d love to hear any of your insights, thoughts, comments or complaints over at our FACEBOOK PAGE. Has the MINDING THE MONEY GAP series been useful to you at all? Let me know. It would be great to hear from you & know that all of this isn’t for naught.