When you seek out external advice and resources, you’re searching for something internal: you want to empower yourself. You seek to feel: strong, knowledgeable, capable, informed, supported (and more!). Education is power. Support is priceless. At the same time, it’s a fine line between trusting the guidance of others and trusting your own vision, skills, and timeline. No one can empower you; only you can empower yourself.

Must-Reads for Creatives: On Empowering Yourself

Must-Reads for Creatives is a monthly curation of articles + art for thoughtful creative parents. Each post arrives tied together by a gentle thread—because I’m not here to add to the noise. Let’s simplify creative living, shall we? (At the end of each post, I share how I’ve been doing just that.) Bookmark these posts. Savor them slowly.

On Empowering Yourself:

When you seek out external advice and resources, you’re searching for something internal: you want to empower yourself. You seek to feel: strong, knowledgeable, capable, informed, supported (and more!). Education is power. Support is priceless.

At the same time, it’s a fine line between trusting the guidance of others and trusting your own vision, skills, and timeline. No one can empower you; only you can empower yourself. You will have to find your own balance between the intake of influences and your own personal creative output. That’s often the struggle—the crux—within creative blocks.

Of course, imposter syndrome crops up for you at some points. It’s easy to keep educating yourself before taking action—because you don’t feel ready yet. Be willing to explore those feelings. Journal it out. Talk with someone who can give an outsider’s perspective.

Then, put a little time and energy into something that’s meaningful for you. That feels more congruous, or harmonious. It’s walking your talk. We all seek meaning, mind/body health, and creative fulfillment.

Here are a few must-reads that are genuinely worth your time. Enjoy putting it all into practice…

This Month’s Must-Reads for Creatives:

In 2017, Pursue Meaning Instead of Happiness >>>

Choosing is the Ticket Price to the Creative Life >>>

Body Sovereignty >>>

How to Take the First Step >>>

Which Personality Traits are Most Predictive of Well-Being? >>>

Installing Windows in Your Mind >>> 

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When you seek out external advice and resources, you’re searching for something internal: you want to empower yourself. You seek to feel: strong, knowledgeable, capable, informed, supported (and more!). Education is power. Support is priceless. At the same time, it’s a fine line between trusting the guidance of others and trusting your own vision, skills, and timeline. No one can empower you; only you can empower yourself.

How will you find find balance this February? For many of us, it’s a tough month. There’s little warmth and sunshine. I’m starting it off with a bang: I have a nasty cold! (I like to share the reality, not just a rosy picture.) I’ve been resting up (though I felt inspired to write this, with several self-care breaks).

So, my February goal is wellness. My creative time will be freeform to support my health goal. This looks like: prioritizing sleep and my all-time favorite activity (besides snuggling with my kids, which I can’t do when I don’t want to get them sick!), reading. I’ll ease back into movement with gentle walks and Pilates. Also, I look forward to resuming work with my fabulous coaching clients next week. Then, there’s a field trip and Valentine’s Day fun after that.

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3 thoughts on “Must-Reads for Creatives: On Empowering Yourself

  1. I’m working on pausing when I switch tasks and (eventually, as I get good at that), reviewing a very short set of reminders about the thing I’m about to do…like when I switch from hanging with Nathan to doing work! My day moves around so much, I’m needing that pause or breath to keep me centered.

    1. I love this idea, Erica! This sounds like a very doable and rewarding practice. Most of us want to be more present for our wellbeing, our kids, and our work. What a fabulous way to put that goal into practice!

      1. Doable is key these days! I’m working on it throughout the month of February. So far it’s now always easy to remember, but even being mindful of the fact that I want to do it is helpful so far!

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