Hey all! I recorded this on Friday 10.16.20 because the schedule was a little wonky, but alas. I’ve had a week of deep thought and realignment. Have you ever felt like things were going swimmingly only to realize things are actually the opposite of that? This week has reminded me to never forget my North Star, my family, over work or art. Things are good, but I can do better.
Be honest with yourself and own up to your shortcomings so that you can fix them. Mine is time management. I can’t serve myself, my family, or my friends/collaborators this way and I have to work harder at it.
So… Maddie’s been off social media after watching The Social Dilemma, come join us in our chat about the destructive nature of social media, and what else to do in your spare time! We’ve missed you, dear friends.
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Today we feature a novel excerpt from Aisha Urooj’s My Dear Ellie! Check it out!
Aisha Urooj lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and graduated with her Bachelors from University College, University of Toronto. She grew up loving classic books and getting lost in the intriguing characters and compelling stories. She writes mostly as a hobby along with painting and photography. She hopes that those that read her book will enjoy it as much as she did writing it.
She is currently working on her second novel tentatively titled “Eleanor’s Travels”, chronicling Ellie’s travels around the world, an extraordinary gift from Ellie’s parents on her twenty-first birthday.
Please forgive the allergy voice, I am working on getting that taken care of. I just had such a great week and weekend that I couldn’t wait to record my thoughts on it. I feel the wheels are in motion and I have been vindicated. Here’s a few things I was reminded of while I worked on my collaborations this week:
Step out of your own shadow. Get out of your head. Self-doubt is the creativity killer. Kill it with sun: Be vulnerable out in the open.
You don’t have to be a magnet to keep people engaged in your project. Let the project be the magnet.
Be of service. Give to your collaborators. Facilitate their excellence.
Come along as I discuss a few attempts at self care this past week, as well as the tangle of projects in need of problem solving. So in a nutshell:
It’s okay to read your work and be proud of it. Doing that got me through the beginning of a busy week.
The creative life is plentiful with stories and projects to get done: a children’s book, a songwriting collaboration, podcasting, a new story idea, and a master list of pending projects waiting for me! But what else is new? Prioritize!
We all have a lot going on, in work, life, and the creative pursuit: Sometimes, chilling out with your friends and loved ones is ok.
If you’re a creative with a day-job, I’d love to hear about your projects! Say hi at @idlewy Visit idlewy.blog for more content by and for working class creatives!