This past weekend I flew myself out to Palm Springs for a little retreat with like-minded creatives. 20 of us gals gathered to share our experiences as graphic designers/freelancers/bloggers and be inspired by each other’s creativity and successes. Over the next few days, I felt like it would be fun to share some of my “lessons learned” with those of you who were not there.
If I were to choose the best piece of advice I gathered over the weekend it would be this: “Take what you are currently doing (ex: workload/projects/ideas) and cut it in half”.
Just the act of cutting what you’re doing in half forces you to really dissect what you’ve taken on. Is it all important to your growth as a designer? Are your ideas focused and ownable? Force yourself to really look at what your currently doing and streamline everything down to what’s most important for you as a person who can only doing so much.
It was also noted that creative people naturally spread themselves thin with lots of creative endeavors. Just because you CAN paint, take photographs, build a website, have an etsy shop and knit doesn’t mean that you SHOULD do all those things. Focus on what makes you the happiest and do that thing/things really well.
For me, this message was really insightful. I seem to want to do it all and always find myself overwhelmed as a result. Thanks Kathleen for sharing your experiences with us this past weekend. You’re beyond amazing, lady!