Musings

Still learning to juggle a platform

 

If there’s two types of people in the world:

  • Minimalist: Keeps as little as possible
  • Hoarder: Gets rid of as little as possible

then I am absolutely neither of them.

But of course that’s a very sparse definition of minimalists and hoarders. I could go the other way:

If there’s two types of people in the world:

  • Minimalist: gets rid of stuff
  • Hoarder: gets more stuff

then I am absolutely both of them.

I love finding new favorite things as much as I love clearing out my house of all the excess. Just shop my closet to find that out.

And in the world of building a brand and platform, there a plenty of new favorite things to discover I’m supposed to do. I have a whole pile of things on the backlog of possibilities.

But a brand and platform of an artist can’t be everywhere. I can’t hoard all the things for that. I have to be selective. We have to be selective. A combination of where our audience is and where our joy lies.

I probably have a good chunk of a potential audience on Instagram, but making pretty visuals is overwhelming to me. So I stick with Facebook – a safe bet – and Twitter, which I just love being on regardless of my reach. And here, WordPress, my blogging community, always my little homebase.

Do you ever feel stretched too thin? Like a ghost shadow of yourself covering the town because there’s too many places to be at once. Well for me, it’s come time to publish my book, which means my to-do list got way bigger and it’s about time I have a monthly email update to my biggest supporters (hey, if that’s you, go sign up!) to peek behind the scenes of my publishing journey.

As if that’s not enough, I’m providing writing classes. (If you’re in Central IL, check it out.) I know, what was I thinking!? I recommend adding only one new thing at a time, and I definitely threw caution to the wind here.

That’s a lot of places to be. Something’s gotta give and there’s not really many things to come off the plate anymore.

So instead of weekly blogposts, I am adjusting that to once or twice monthly. I’ve been told readers won’t notice, but of course I kinda hope you do 🙂 When you miss me, sign up for my email newsletter or get in touch and ask me how my writing is going and if the (fictional) murder gives enough goosebumps yet. Or ask to beta read my murderous draft because this is your last chance, I have a few slots left before I’m to booklaunch.

Oh, and you can also contact me to pitch a guest blogpost that matches my general topics and brand. You have lots of options!

  • Mermaids
  • Pirates
  • Book art
  • Dabbling in art you have no business dabbling in (my failed attempts at painting for instance)
  • Mental health
  • Chai lattes
  • Adventuring
  • Creative arts in the church
  • Artistic fashion
  • Bookish or literary discussions
  • About writing in a very practical sense or in a very entertaining sense
  • Inspiration, motivation, or instruction for creatives in general

If I have a niche, it’s not a very nichey niche 😉 So tell me what you want to guest post. And I’ll be back here in a few weeks with a riveting post about our favorite inspiration: Lady Gaga 🙂

 

 

for the Creatives, My Creative Projects

The Award for Saying “No”

I recently attended an awards ceremony with some coworkers. As the host rattled off all the achievements of the award recipients – career, parenting, volunteering, church involvement, chair and member of various boards, alongside various other activities and accomplishments – wow! I realized:

“I will NEVER receive an award like this.”

Maybe you think I’m just not ambitious enough, but no really, I won’t receive that award. It’s not that I can’t, per se. But all of the commitments, throwing oneself wholeheartedly into leading so many initiatives….I never was one for multi-tasking 🙂

I applaud those who go full-throttle in many directions and make the world a better place for it. But some people need to hear that it’s okay to have more focus, more quiet, more single-minded devotion to one thing. This post is for those who make the world a better place at a quieter, slower pace. You don’t have to do it all.

I wish there was an award for saying “no” to one more good task that needs doing, but not by you. Being wholly committed to your one or two things – that takes guts and leadership and trust. That deserves an award. If you’re neglecting something you should commit to, try saying “yes.” But if your schedule is so full you can’t wholly commit to what you need to do, start saying “no.” Prioritize. What is really important? Make that happen.

And since we don’t necessarily get an award all the time, maybe award yourself this certificate 🙂 Here’s to being committed to being you, to growing into whoever you are made to be, whatever that looks like to you.

Award for Saying No

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