quick note: i receive so many emails asking me to share the details on how to start a creative business. although i share all the specific how to’s in my ebook series, i’d like to share my general thoughts on how we can begin to step into the creative lives we’ve always imagined – whether you are interested in starting/expanding a creative biz or not. because it’s really about dreaming big and listening to our own unique callings, no matter what those dreams and callings may be.
so, over the course of this week, i will highlight a few excerpts from my ebooks – thoughts that i share in the opening chapters before getting too specific on the ins and outs of the how to’s. i hope you get inspired!
In regards to all the things we’ve talked about this week (passion, inspiration, commitment, goals), here are a few things to consider:
In your wildest dreams, what does your creative biz look like? Are you working fulltime? Part time? What does your everyday schedule look like?
What’s your inspiration – the passion the keeps you up at night? The whisper that keeps coming back to you. The one, no matter how quirky and unreasonable it seems, keeps circling back to your heart and mind?
Consider writing a letter to your future self. Write it, seal it, and open it three months from now. Read this post on my personal blog for inspiration. You might just be surprised!
Who in your life can you speak with about these creative biz dreams? Where do they feel safe?
Who in your life seems to be living their dreams? What big decisions did they make early on to get them to where they are now? What observations can you make about how they committed to their inspiration?
Was there a time in your life when you didn’t follow your true inspiration? What did that experience feel like?
What are you immediate goals? Long–term goals? Be brave here. List them all and dream big.
Are you ready to make the commitment to your creative biz dreams? What’s stopping you? What’s not stopping you? What small ritual can you do to declare that commitment? What about writing it down in your journal, your blog, telling a dear friend? Whatever you need to do to make that declaration feel present and real, do it. Practice courage…
About a year ago, my friend Andrea and I were on a plane together, on our way to a creative retreat. We were in our seats chatting up a storm when the plane was on the runway getting ready to take off. As the plane’s engine revved up I began to get nervous the way I always do when we’re about to take off. To help calm my nerves and distract myself, I began to purposely chat even more with Andrea, but all of the sudden she interrupted my chatter and said, “Oh wait a second and hold that thought because I love this part and I don’t want to miss it.” She then faced forward in her seat, looked out the plane window with a wide grin on her face, and genuinely enjoyed the experience of taking flight. Meanwhile, I held my breath, closed my eyes, and prayed my way through take off. I mention this story because the same is true in our creative journeys. Some of arrive at the point of take off with sincere enthusiasm and a sense of adventure. And some of us arrive exhausted by the thought of it with fears and doubts. Either way, we are all meant for the journey of taking flight into the lives we’ve always wanted and the reward is the same: we all soar.
up next: i answer a couple of questions that come my way in regards to my early journey.