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Telling Others Makes it Real

It's true, isn't it? As soon as you let others in on a project or idea, it becomes a real, living, breathing thing. Okay, maybe not the breathing part, but I trust you understand where I'm going with this.

It's downright scary to tell others your big goals and collaborating in the early stages in order to make big things happen can be tricky. What if the vision for the project changes? What if it doesn't move forward as planned? There are so many unknowns from start to finish. 

And yet, as of this morning, I've officially wrapped up my very first interview for Yes, You Should Try That. The book is going to be so much bigger than me and today's interview just reaffirmed my choice to include many others in the process. If there's one thing I've learned from interviewing others, it's that our stories share commonalities—many of which are deep-seated.


While our experiences may come in various shapes and sizes and they might look vastly different in the light of day, the stripped down truth is that common ground exists underneath it all. And for those of us who continue to muster the strength to look ourselves in the mirror and say, "Yes, you should try that," common ground is a life saver.

Essential, even.

Don't you think?



Not Everything Comes Easily to Everyone: 3 Ways (and Reasons) to Replace the Word "Easy"

Not Everything Comes Easily to Everyone: 3 Ways (and Reasons) to Replace the Word "Easy"

I've been noticing a trend as of late that revolves around the word "easy." Have you seen it too? That word: easy. It's showing up in blog posts and article titles and is thrown around in a way that can only be categorized as careless.

I try to be pretty careful with my own use of the word—especially when it comes to describing a craft, skill, hobby or process. Certain things do come easily(ish) to me, but I know that my comfort level may have come with practice or predisposition. And others have strengths in areas that are completely foreign to me. What comes easily to them, I may never master.

Because the term can oftentimes do more harm than good, I've come up with a few ways to avoid it all together:

Simply replace the word "easy" with the word "simple."
While the two are synonymous, the word "simple" conveys a lack of difficulty without sounding presumptuous. This particularly comes into play when describing a project. A "simple" project might consist of very few steps or necessary materials. We all have different skill sets and abilities, right? Therefore, I'm not sure any project is really "easy" for everyone out there.

Work to demystify a process or skill.
Some skills or hobbies might take a lot of practice or research, yet I still see the word "easy" applied to them all the time. If something has more than three steps, I'm not sure it really qualifies as easy. This can be remedied by clarifying the language surrounding the process you're trying to demystify for others. You can oftentimes take what you've learned and simplify it for whatever audience or group you're trying to reach. And they'll thank you for it!

Find solace in others who have walked the same path.
They say that misery loves company, but I've found that shared experiences are simply more powerful much of the time. Be real with those around you about whatever experience you're trying to describe. If it wasn't easy for you, it probably wasn't easy for others. Additionally, those who might walk a similar path in the future will probably find comfort knowing that it wasn't easy for you at first, either.


So, can we all agree to take it easy with "easy?" I feel like we all owe each other a softer, kinder, gentler take on life's journeys, but I'd love to know your thoughts on the matter.



2013: The Year of Creativity

Okay, so I'm fairly certain most bloggers and readers out there are tired of posts about resolutions and "this will be the year it all comes together!" rhetoric. In an attempt to steer clear of the usual "New Year, New Me" chatter, I'd like to instead offer up a promise:In 2013, I promise to create something every day.

Now, that doesn't necessarily mean I'll end up with 365 "somethings." It also doesn't mean I'll be posting everything I create to this blog. What it does mean is that I'll be working to explore my creativity every, single day.

  • I may finally draft that essay to submit for publication.
  • I might polish up those story pitches.
  • Maybe I'll work on creating a really well-composed photo.
  • I could modify a favorite recipe.
  • Heck, maybe I'll even start painting again!

Really, the opportunities to dive into the creative process are endless. I intend to use this promise as a way to remind myself every day that I am a creative person. I forget all the time. As I attempt to make a living doing what I love, I often focus too much on the accounting-marketing-promotional-bottom-line side of owning a business. Add in my penchant for worrying, and all of that business can send me down a path leading to everything except creativity.

So, since I'm on Day 1 of this promise, I'd like to share my first video edit using my new GoPro camera! I've been researching the tiny wonders for a while now and I finally decided to go for it. I shot this yesterday, but I edited the video this morning. We all know that edits are where the magic happens, right? Yeah. So I'm claiming this as something I created today. :)

Please change the quality to 720p or 1080p HD by clicking on the little gear icon along the bottom of the video window.

A few disclaimers:

1.) Yes, I'm aware that this is sooooo boring compared to the amazing GoPro edits out there and that I could have captured this footage with almost any camera. I figured it would be best to learn the functions of the camera on solid ground. Don't worry, I've got more exciting plans for this little dynamo of a camera in the future.

2.) As I share some of my creative endeavors, there's a really good chance that whatever I create will be... well... awful. I'm learning new things and sharing as I do so. Sometimes, I might share something terrible. You've been warned.

3.) This isn't really time-lapse photography. I just increased and decreased the speed of the video in iMovie. I know, I know... that's like cheating. I'm learning, remember!

I hope you'll stick with me on this resolution goal and hold me accountable. I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments and hearing more about your experiences, so if you have any tips or recommendations for nurturing one's creative side...I'm all ears!


Cheers, friends!