I’m just gonna keep showing up

The other day I was skimming through my inbox. Delete. Delete. Oooo Shopping! No… mustn’t look… Delete. Delete. Sound familiar? I certainly have my fair share of junk and advertising, all stuff I signed up for but rarely scroll through at the moment. But I do actually read some of my emails! The real ones that are not just images of products calling for a click. And I recently subscribed to seanwes, whom I have also subscribed to the podcast and catch up when I can. This guy has some serious talent but not without an admirable work ethic and the desire and effort he puts into sharing his skills and lessons is inspiring. He’s completely transparent in the best way.

Anyway, this particular email caught my eye as the subject line read: Why it’s ok to struggle to be creative. It was a good read as he explained the common challenges in every creative aspiration being realised. You do have to work and it’s most often not going to be that easy no matter how many times you do it. You’ve got to start with a blank canvas.

I wish I could link you to the entire piece like a blog but it was a subscription based email and I can’t find the content on any of his other blogs so I’m hoping it’s ok if I share a little snippet of the content here. The whole thing is worth a read but my favourite parts are in the opening few paragraphs…

“You don’t really ever get to a point where your first iteration of any new thing you make is perfect. It’s always a process. It always takes effort, sweat, and trudging through a lot of failed attempts.”
Sean McCabe

“What does get easier is showing up. The more you show up, the easier it gets. You know you’re always going to come face to face with a blank page. Your first attempt almost certainly won’t make the final cut, but you know you’re going to show up.”
Sean McCabe

Sometimes we all need reminding that even the most successful people face the day to day challenges to achieve what they do. Sometimes they just make it look so easy! Amazingly easy.

As a student coming through the works it can be so overwhelming looking at the work of the successes out there such as Sean himself, Jessica Hishce, Nubby Twiglet and many others and it’s almost intimidatingly paralysing. How will I ever be that good? Well, thanks for the pep talk Sean! I’m just gonna keep showing up. I know I’m going to show up.

Totally idolise Sean and highly recommend checking out his work and listening to his podcast. Especially the one he did the other week… Episode 094: Goals & 5-Year Plans. I’m yet to get into his hand lettering program but am hoping I might in the near future when time permits it. Go get inspired!


Pending Possibility

Reading over that last post it seems not that long since I was stressing over the final work submissions for the first trimester of uni along with possibly being the most unorganised traveller there ever was! But that’s all come and gone. I managed to complete the last of the uni work literally on the last day of submission. I can proudly say that the results of this did include a bit more than just a pass and a hell of a lot of relief! Might be a HD in there or two. I can say I’m proud of the results at least.

But here we go again only now I’m on a different count down to that of late May. Unfortunately this one does not involve a holiday and the trip of a lifetime. This countdown involves the trimester at hand and the pending possibility that this should be my last stint of full-time study for some time. I’m so ready to be through this and out in the work force… I hear you laughing. Young and naive is the girl who is looking forward to working life as apposed to the student lifestyle? I just haven’t adapted well to that of the uni student schedule as apposed to my TAFE timetable. But it’s okay. Soon I’ll be on the job hunt desperately seeking an income! Then we shall see about missing student life ay!

Since my last post I did set off and return from my overseas trip. I’m in the process of sorting through photos and my journaling at the moment but if you would like to have a look at what I got up to you can check it out on Bitter Sweet Europe Adventures. In a brief summary of twenty-five words or less it was absolutely incredible. A fantasticly awesome adventure that involved a lot of sightseeing, food eating and some chilling out. A lot of food eating actually. Being back home is a killer come down when you realise you want to lose 5kg and feel a bit healthy again. But I wouldn’t trade it. That food was amazing! And it was nice to step back from my usual routine and relax. You’ve got to be able to do it some time, probably more often than I do. You only live once!

Anyway, I best get back to the work I should be doing right now. Just thought I’d pop in for a little update for my thousands of adoring fans that were waiting patiently. Haha!