Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. – Elizabeth Gilbert
An artist knows that the most difficult part of starting a piece of art is staring at the white canvas. For an interior designer, the open, empty floorplan. A writer, the blank page. Where to start? Which direction is the very best one? What if I screw it up by going too far in the wrong direction? The internal dialogue results in an extended spell of staring at the project to be, contemplating for what the inner critic deems an inordinate amount of time, and hopefully, finally taking that first step.
In my last post, at the end of 2015, I mentioned riding the waves of change with a new job, a new permanent address, and a new outlook for this blog of mine. And then I let it sit. For more than half a year. Not due to any conscious decision to abandon my digital corner, but because life got in the way. Busy schedules, a lack of time, a lack of energy, an evolution towards new projects, and ultimately, a paralysis when considering how to start blogging again.
And I realized, the thing I missed most about blogging during these quiet months was not the strategy. It’s not the call to build your audience, to seek out sponsorships, and to monetize at every single opportunity. For me, it’s the simple process of writing. On my own terms, without the outside pressure to appear more “legit” through making it “big time.”
I still love partnerships and collaboration, and helping to spread the word for brands and causes that align with my own beliefs. But really, the core value at the root of those endeavors is a desire for connection. Because in a world that’s growing more and more full of noise, I’d prefer to contribute in a deeper, more meaningful way. And enjoy the process for creativity’s sake alone.
Coincidentally, today is the day of my very first podcast! I joined Abbigail E. Kriebs of Inkwells and Images and Ashley Brooks of Brooks Editorial on their Chasing Creatives podcast episode 20, chatting with them about my journey, the global creator community, and my creative process. With a good bit of travel talk, naturally. 😉 Check it out and let me know what you think!
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to hitting publish here on a far more regular basis, and getting back into the swing of sharing my thoughts, impressions, and a healthy dose of travel inspiration. And I hope you’ll join me in the conversation!