Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon is a quick read, you can probably sit down and read it in an hour. However, don’t let the size fool you, this book is filled with a lot of great informationfor creatives trying to make a living out of their art. Show Your Work gives tips for the “starving artist”; it also is a great guide for people who are passionate entrepreneurs. The book is inspirational, but without the fluff, it is very to the point. The chapters are two or three pages long, with drawings and photographs, which makes reading the book go by so much faster. Definitely a must-read for creatives, or anyone who is passionate about branding themselves and starting a business. It is not a necessarily a step-by-step road to success guide, somethings will apply to you and some may not. Yet, the book is like a great pep talk, Kleon gives 10 easy tips on why and how you should share your art with the world. Kleon really understands the struggle of creative artists, because he is one. Reading through the book, I often said to myself, “How did he know I was thinking that?!”.
I will definitely keep Show Your Work on my bookshelf and refer to it often as I try pursue my side passions. It is also a great book to give as a gift to a fellow creative!
Vision boarding may seem like a task to some (too complicated, too time consuming, too artsy) but I’m here to tell you it is definitely worth your time! It’s something that has become very valuable to me over the past three years. And the whole process is relaxing, creative, and fun (we can all use a little fun creativity in our lives)!
The best part is, that it can actually help you achieve your goals, instead of forgetting all about them come April.
So why should you make a vision board?
Because Oprah makes vision boards.
No but seriously, I first heard about vision boards through Oprah. Since then I’ve heard many life coaches, therapists and psychologists say it helps to do a vision board at the start of every year, but why?
– It helps you focus on your life and your future.
-It gets you back in touch with who you are and what you desire.
– It inspires you. It makes you believe in yourself. You’re taking charge of your life by outlining what you want.
– It’s a dailyreminder. Every morning I wake up and see my vision board, and if I have a free second during the day I can actually put energy into one of my goals.
– Manifestation: “What you think about, you bring about.” You are speaking things into existence and recognizing your own truth.
1. Before you start setting your goals for the new year, reflect on your past year, then set resolutions based on growth and becoming a better you. Any mistakes you’ve made or things you want to make sure you change? What do you want to improve? How do you want to improve? Reevaluate your life and the direction you want it to go. Know what you want, what you need and what you deserve. If you don’t know what you want to gain out of life, you better work on knowing. Life is too short to not live with purpose. When you know what you want, you get it faster.
2. Next write out your goals. Write down what you want (and in some cases how you want to achieve it). You can make deadlines. Set numbers. Be as specific as possible. If you want a car, what kind of car do you want? What model? Four-door, two-door? Think visual when writing your goals down.
*I set my goals in categories. “Love goals”, “Health goals”, “Career goals”, “Personal goals”, “Travel goals”, etc. Add as many categories as you want, it helps you organize your thoughts. Even if it’s not a goal for this year but you can work on it this year include it. (I included a house on mine, but I’m not currently on the market for one.)*
3. Time to get creative. BRING OUT THE MARKERS, SCISSORS AND STICK GLUE. Collect old magazines (You can throw a “vision board party” and have friends bring magazines too!) cut out phrases, words, pictures. Use the markers to write goals you want to put on the board, or to write out inspirational quotes you love.
Examples: A kangaroo can represent a trip to Australia, pictures of healthy foods and a yoga pose if you want healthier lifestyle.
*If you want to put specific things like your dream car on your vision board, google the image and print it out.*
*I also included pictures of my family and famous women I aspire to be like!*
4. Design the board. I bought a big cork board from Target for $9 and fabric and ribbon for less than $3. But you don’t have to go all out creative like me. Some people use a poster board or use their blank wall and tack photos togther. (Be as creative as you want to be!)
*I used a cork board and tacks for most of my goals because if goals change throughout the year or I want to add more later I can easily make those changes.*
5. Make the vision board visible and in your face. Hang it in a place where you’ll be able to see it everyday. You want to be able to see it and be inspired by it as much as possible. Take a picture of your vision board put it as your phone lock screen background or as your wallpaper on your computer.
Your vision board will be an awesome representation of YOU. Enjoy it! Make 2015 a great year!
Find YOURSELF, find your JOURNEY, find your PURPOSE… and fall in love with ALL of the above.