5 Planner Hacks That Will Change Your Life

By Nicole Tinkham

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It’s the beginning of a new year and if you’re gearing up to make the most of it, you probably purchased a brand new planner and you’re ready to go. Maybe planning and staying organized last year didn’t work out so well or maybe you’re just totally new to this. In either case, we understand the struggle of organization. It can be completely overwhelming looking at a book full of tasks that need to be done. Or maybe you forget to open up your planner altogether which makes having one pretty pointless. Don’t worry; we have 5 planner hacks that will change your life and help keep you organized throughout the whole year.

1.    Don’t include everything

There’s two types of people in the world; those who don’t (or rarely) write important things down and those who write every single little thing down. They key is to find that sweet spot. You have to write some things down but jotting down too much just becomes overwhelming. If there’s something you do on a daily basis without much thought, it doesn’t need to go in your planner. For example, you’ll want to have your dentist appointments marked down in your planner but it’s not necessary to schedule time to brush your teeth every day. You should hopefully be in the habit of doing that daily already.

2.    Plan to plan

We know you want to use your planner and stay organized but the problem normally lies in something as simple as forgetting to sit down and plan. You just need to get in the habit of doing so consistently. Schedule time to sit down and plan for the day, week, and month. It may only take you 15 minutes but it won’t get done unless you plan on getting it done. So how exactly do you plan to plan? We recommend setting an alarm to go off on your phone as a reminder. You should also schedule things into your planner at the same time every day. So for example, you can plan your day at 9:00AM daily, plan for your week every Sunday at 9:00AM and schedule for the month on the 1st of every month at 9:00AM. The more consistent your timing is, the easier it is to form the habit of getting it done.

3.    Use only one planner

If you think having one planner is difficult to keep up with, you’ll drive yourself bonkers with multiple books. Sometimes it may seem like a good idea to separate your home life from your career to-dos but we advise against that. You’ll find yourself flipping back and forth between the two planners which will only make the process more confusing. Plus this is exactly why colorful highlighters, pens and washi tape were invented. Instead of using a whole different book, color-code your tasks to keep them separate but all in the same spot.

4.    Personalize it

Your planner is a very personal thing and should be treated as so. It’s important to choose a planner that will suit your needs. For example, if you do a lot of traveling, a compact planner may be perfect so you can easily take it everywhere with you. But if you take a lot of notes, a larger planner may be ideal for you so you have enough room to write. Get a planner that’s your own personal style. Fall in love with it so you can love using it. Also consider a bullet journal for total customization.

5.    Physically check things off your list

Checking a task (any task, big or small) is so incredibly satisfying. It’s so satisfying that it actually pumps you up for the next task on your list. That being said, actually check off or cross out completed tasks. Oh and don’t stress over the tasks that don’t get completed. You can just move these over to a later date or make a separate list of these tasks to be completed whenever you have the extra time. Remember that you can only do your best so don’t beat yourself up over what doesn’t get done.

Make this year the year you don’t give up all hope on your planner! We know it’s not easy following a planner consistently. It takes some time to plan everything out and it’s so easy to forget to open it up and get planning. But once you’re on a roll with doing it, it’ll become much easier and planning ahead makes everything else easier too. You don’t have to be a super organized person to make a planner work for you. Just keep it simple, be consistent and don’t put too much in it.

Have you had success with your planner? Let us know your top tips in the comments below!

6 Things To Do When You Feel Burned Out

By Nicole Tinkham

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Burn out doesn’t just happen when you’re overworked in the office. Listen up artists; it can happen to you too! And it could be even worse. You know those creative blocks you get when you just cannot think of any brilliant ideas or you’re at a loss when trying to complete a project? You’re most likely burned out and it happens so frequently among artists because when those creative ideas do strike, you’re in constant work mode jumping from project to project. We know many artists who work straight through the night on big projects. That’s tough on the mind and the body! It doesn’t matter what you do, whether it’s a job you’re not fond of or one that you love. Burn out happens to us all and we’ve discovered 6 tricks you can do next time you feel this way. Read on for ways to clear your mind and get back in the game.

1.    Get out and stay active

Your first instinct when you need a break may be to sit yourself on the couch in front of the TV. While this may turn off your brain, there are better ways to disengage from work and really escape reality. Stay active and go out for a hike or a walk. Get out there and do something new and different. Go on an adventure and find a new park. Whatever you do, just get out of the house. Even if you’re at home doing nothing on the couch, your mind can wonder back to work related things. But if you’re staying active, you’re keeping your mind busy so you won’t worry so much about your stresses.

2.    Disconnect

Drama lives online and can easily find its way to your Facebook news feed. If you really want to clear your mind and get out of burn out, you need to disconnect. Turn the phone, tablet, computer, and TV off. Get connected with yourself. Read a self development book, write in a journal or get out and meet with friends (it’s different in person than online!). The length of time you choose to disconnect is totally up to you but even just a few hours can make a huge difference.

3.    Change your surroundings

Your surroundings can trigger your thoughts. That’s why they say not to have your home office in the bedroom. When you’re trying to sleep, your work in the corner of the room will remind you of all the things you need to and should be doing. Spending too much time in the art studio when you’re already burned out can become stressful. You’re putting all this pressure and stress on yourself. The best thing you can do is completely leave your work area even if you still have work to do. Head to a coffee shop or library to get some work done. Or meet up with a friend to swap creative ideas. Changing your surroundings tricks your mind. You’re in a new place and will hopefully have new ideas. If you don’t physically leave your space, just change it up. Clean it up, rearrange things, or get new furniture. Just make it fun and different! Even small changes can make you feel like you’re in a totally different place.

4.    Get more sleep

Getting more sleep will help you feel refreshed every morning, ready to get back at it. But that’s easier said than done, right? Here are a few of our tricks to getting better sleep:

•    Turn off your phone, tablet and any other devices ahead of time (they say the light from these will keep you awake longer)

•    No caffeine after 2PM – even if you don’t think it affects your sleep, it can!

•    Make sure the room is dark, cool, and quiet

•    Read something positive before bed. This will help you de-stress and wake up feeling better.

5.    Help someone else

The best way to help you is to help someone else. Plus switching gears and focusing on different problems other than your own will get your brain thinking in a different way. Then when you come back to your project, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go. On top of all that, helping others just feels really good 🙂

6.    Schedule downtime

It’s easy to say you’ll take a break, go on vacation, turn your mind off, and escape but we rarely actually do it. The problem is we have this long list of to-dos marked on the calendar. We make sure to get the busy work done but we don’t schedule in any downtime to just relax. We believe the key to enjoying time away from work is to act as if this downtime is an important business meeting. Put it on your calendar and follow through with it. This could be taking breaks throughout the day, planning for vacations, planning for relaxing weekend time, day trips, or visits with friends and family. Schedule these times in advance and actually do them! When you say you’re going to give yourself a break, follow through on your commitment. Getting the proper rest will actually allow you to accomplish more when you get back to your list.

Next time you cannot think of that brilliant idea for a project or the thought of going into the office to put in long hours makes you want to pull your hair out, simply take a break. You’ll be amazed by how much more productive you are when you get the rest and relaxation you need. Be active and try something new, put down your phone for the day, change up your environment, get more sleep, help someone else for a change, and schedule that downtime for yourself. You deserve it! These 6 things will definitely rejuvenate you and help get out of burn out. Give them a try and let us know how it works for you.

Is Full-Time Artist The Right Path For You?

Nicole Tinkham

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Quitting your full-time job to focus on your art sounds like the dream life, doesn’t it? You can start your own business, be your own boss, work from home and set your own hours. We talk to many artists who are either already doing this or have a big dream to make it happen. It’s not a simple decision though. There are many things to consider when starting a business for example, your vision for the future, setting business hours for yourself, investing in coaching and training, giving up a steady income, letting go of some things in your life to make more time for your business, and much more. With that being said, becoming a full-time artist isn’t the right path for everyone. To find out if it’s right for you, ask yourself the following 10 questions.

1.    Are you willing to learn new things?

Taking your art to the next level and starting your own business means learning a totally new skill set. We’re talking about business skills as in networking, pricing your art to sell, managing your finances, and promoting yourself. This is totally different than learning a new art medium which you may also find yourself doing.

2.    Can you control your feelings?

As an artist, you probably already know that people can sometimes be mean!  Art is all about opinion and since everyone’s so different, they won’t all like your work. Don’t let this get to you though. Remember that you ARE talented, you WILL make this business work for you, and there are people that will appreciate your artwork.

3.    Are you ready to be a business owner?

Once you become a full-time artist, it’s not just about having fun anymore. We’re not saying that you’ll no longer have fun creating art but we do know that you must take your business seriously like an actual business owner would. This means getting focused and having real business hours in place!

4.    Are you willing to quit your job?

When starting a business, the most common thing that holds people back is fear of leaving their current full-time job. We can totally understand that! It’s scary going from a comfy reliable income to your own business where you don’t know what will happen. You hear about all the failed businesses and you realize that it won’t come easy. Most likely you won’t be making the big bucks right away but as with anything, you’ll learn as you go and improve as you make those mistakes. One thing to keep in mind is that there are many different options to make money as an artist and you don’t necessarily have to leave your full-time job to do so. You can be a part-time artist who uses another job to pay bills or you can be an artist who makes the occasional sale. If quitting your full-time job is just too scary right now, start with one of these other options.

5.    Do you have long term goals and a vision set for yourself?

Starting your own art business isn’t something that you just wake up one day and decide to begin. This takes a lot of thought and consideration. Can you picture your future life as a full-time artist? What does that look like? What do you hope to accomplish in the future? What does your day to day life look like? Don’t just think about the next year. What does the future look like for you?

6.    Are you ready to work on your art every day?

Would you only show up to your current full-time job when you felt like it? Of course not! You must treat your business the same way. You can’t just work on the days you feel creative. You must be consistently working every single day!

7.    Are you ready to invest in growing your business?

There are some additional things that go into starting your own business that you need to be aware of. It goes way beyond just creating your artwork. Consider investing in a business coach, trade shows, business courses, your personal time, and more.

8.    Do you have time in your schedule to work on your business?

Until you grow your business, getting started will take up a large portion of your time. It’s important to get your priorities in line to see if this is something you can handle on top of everything else. What are you willing to eliminate from your day (TV watching and Facebook?) to allow more time to grow your business? What are you NOT willing to give up (time with family)? Sit down and start to plan out what each day would look like if you were to take your art full-time. Would you have enough time to do the things most important to you?

9.    Are you willing to create what people want?

Once you start creating artwork to make a profit, you’ll have to consider what your buyers want. You can still add in your own personality and signature techniques. You can also still create whatever ideas pop into your head. But you’ll have to learn to put your client’s needs and wants first which can be a difficult mindset switch.

10.    Do you have a positive mindset?

As we always say if you think you will fail, you will fail. If you believe in yourself, you’ll make it. It’s all about your mindset! Starting your own business in the art field is a huge task to take on. With any business, you’ll have your ups and your downs. To prevent yourself from completely giving up when things get difficult, keep a positive mindset. We’ve found that the best way to do this is to work on you daily. Take at least 10 minutes every day to read a personal development book. This is a great way to get you pumped up for the day.

We recommend printing this blog out and taking a moment to sit down and really go over these questions. By answering them honestly, you should be able to determine if being a full-time artist is the right path for you. Of course the journey will be a difficult one. Nothing worth fighting for comes easy. But making the choice to change what’s not working in your life is easier than being stuck and unhappy. Remember that you are in charge here. Your happiness is 100% up to you to create. If you feel that starting your own art business is the way to go, we believe in you all the way!

Tell us, are you a full-time artist? Would you ever consider it?

How To Start Your Own Blog In 6 Simple Steps

By Nicole Tinkham

How to start your own blog in 6 simple steps

We’ve talked with many artists who would love to start blogging, but have two key things that are holding them back. For one, they don’t know how to get started. And secondly, even if they did have a blog set up, they say they wouldn’t know what to write about. We personally speak with these artists every single day on our Facebook page. They share with us what projects they’re currently working on, art tips and techniques that they’ve been experimenting with, and photos of their incredible artwork. The thought of these talented artists not sharing these things with the world through a blog because they don’t know how to, just kills us. Especially since we know how simple it really is to do. If you’ve been bouncing the idea of a blog around, it’s time to get started now! Here’s how to set up your own blog in 6 simple steps.

1.    Choose your platform

The very first thing you need to do is choose a platform. This is the website that will host your blog. There are many options out there but WordPress is by far the most popular and the one we highly recommend as that’s where we started with this blog. There are two versions of WordPress available, a free version and a paid (or self hosted) version. For now we’ll be focused on the free version. This one is much easier to set up and get started right away.

A few things to keep in mind about the free version…

You don’t own your blog. Technically it’s not yours and can be taken down. But we wouldn’t worry about that. Also, there are only so many “extras” you can add to your free blog. You can do the basics but for extra plugins, you’ll have to upgrade. Another thing to be aware of is your blog web address. Our new paid (future) WordPress site is www. mykeetons.com. Our existing free blog however, is http://www.keetonsonline.wordpress.com. See the difference there?  The free version has the word “wordpress” in the middle and you can’t change that part of it.

When you set up your free WordPress site, it will ask you a series of questions (easy ones, we promise!) including a layout and theme but you can always change this later on.

2.    Design and theme

Here’s where you can have a lot of fun with your blog! You can choose a theme, or essentially layout, for your blog. Some of these themes are paid but there are many of really good ones which are free. To choose a theme for your blog, complete the following steps:

•    Click on “My Sites” in the upper left of your screen.

•    Next click “Themes” in the left-hand column.

•    Click on a theme to preview it and choose to use that theme if you like it.

•    You can also further customize your chosen theme by clicking “Customize” next to “Themes” in the left-hand column. This will give you options to choose colors, fonts, a background, and more.

Remember that you can always go back and change the look of your blog. Don’t be scared to try some different things until you find one that you want to stick with! The nice thing about the free version of WordPress is that all the website coding is already done for you. You have options when it comes to design but you don’t have to be an expert in this area. WordPress pretty much takes all the guesswork out for you.

3.    Choose your niche

As mentioned earlier in this post, the second biggest blogging struggle many artists face is not knowing what to write about. Your first couple posts may be difficult but once you get going, the ideas will start to flow and you’ll be hooked. We suggest considering what you’re most passionate about. What are you really good at? What do people ask you for advice on most often? What do you do on a daily basis? We know you have some talents so share that with the world! Take pictures of your artwork and talk about them. Share things you’ve learned throughout your journey. What can you teach others? What techniques have you picked up through experimenting with different medium and tools? Maybe you’re also passionate about cooking. Feel free to share some of your favorite recipes!

When in doubt, share something about yourself! What struggles have you overcome? What life experiences have you lived? It’s great to share who you are with your audience to build a relationship with them.

4.    Make a schedule

A set blogging schedule may not seem very important in the beginning but once you build a following, being consistent is key to success! If someone subscribes to your blog they will be notified whenever a new blog is published. If they like your posts, they’ll be eagerly awaiting the next one. It doesn’t matter how often you publish a new post as long as you’re consistent. We like to publish our posts every Monday and Thursday morning. These days seem to work best for us but pick a system that works for you.

Note: you can write your blogs in advance and schedule them to be published on a certain day. When you’re writing a new post in WordPress, click the calendar icon next to “publish” and select the day and time you want the post to go out.

5.    Write your first post

When you sit down to write your very first post, take some time to brainstorm what you’ll write about. Grab a pen and notebook and begin to jot down every topic idea that comes to mind. Don’t think too hard about it. Just get the ideas down on paper! Now select a topic you’d like to start with. We like to create an outline before we actually begin writing. To do this, just jot down some key points you don’t want to forget and use this as your guide. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind as you’re putting together your blog post.

•    Include an image! This will draw people in to read your post and catches the eye when posting on social media sites.

•    Include tags in your post. Tags will help people find your blog when doing a Google search. To add tags, you’ll find a “Tags” section in the left column when you’re writing a new post. Type in a word that describes what your blog is about. It might be “art” or “oil painting”. You can add several tags, hitting the enter key after each one.

•    You can also organize your blogs into categories. This way, your readers can find exactly what they’re looking for. You’ll find a “category” section right by the “tag” section we mentioned above.

•    Include links to your previous blog posts. We love linking back to old posts because it gets more eyes on our content. Be sure whatever it is you’re talking about relates to the post you’re linking to. You can select the word or words you’d like to link and click the hyperlink button (above where you type in the contents of the post) and insert the URL of the page you want to link to.

6.    Share it!

Once your blog is written you want others to read it, right? Share a link to your blog with friends and family. You can either email it over to them or post it on Facebook or any other social media platform you’re using. We recommend sharing each new blog you publish on Facebook. Also be sure to check out other blogs in your niche and comment on them. This will help build relationships and get new people over to your blog.

These 6 steps to starting your own blog may seem detailed but they aren’t difficult to do. And you don’t have to do them all in one day. It’s perfectly ok to start small. For today, just decide what blogging platform you want to use and move onto the next step tomorrow. It does take time to build your blog so be patient. In the beginning, we had very little blog views and hardly ever got any comments but over the past few years it has grown well beyond what we thought it would. Hang in there blogger, you will get there!

Tell us, do you have a blog?? Once you get yours up and running be sure to COMMENT your link in the comments below so we can check it out!

7 Ways To Make More Time For Art

By Nicole Tinkham

7 Ways To Make More Time For Art

Are there ever enough hours in the day? Chances are, you either work all day long with little time to get anything done once you get home, or you’re retired with even more work to do around the house. The work just never seems to end! One thing our artist friends have been saying they wish they had more of is time for their art. So instead of wanting the best art supplies out there (which would also be nice) they just want more time to create. Unfortunately, time is something we’re unable to give away. But we can help you work a little smarter and prioritize your time. Here are 7 ways to make more time for art and how to get started today. Grab a pen, paper, and your calendar because we’ll be taking action right away!

1.    Make it a priority

What you care most about comes first in your life, right? Maybe your full-time job comes first at the moment because that’s how you pay for important things like art supplies. Your family is probably also high on the priority list. That makes sense. But what are your priorities other than work and family? What do you do on your down time (when you’re able to get some)? We know it feels like you don’t have much spare time but there has to be some time leftover in the day. If what goes on your priority list gets done, why not put art on that list? It doesn’t matter if you have time for it or not. If it’s important to you, you’ll make time for it

Do this now: Grab your notebook and write down your top priorities, including art. Now organize your list by most important. See where art falls on that list and it’ll tell you how much of your time you should be dedicating to it.

2.    Schedule it!

Once you’ve made art a priority and you’re dedicated to making more time for it in your life, it’s time to schedule it. Don’t just say you’ll make time for it in the imaginary calendar in your head. Actually write it down on a calendar or in your phone. Act as if it’s an important business meeting you must attend. Remember, it IS important. It’s on your priority list!

Do this now: Grab a calendar, planner, or even a blank notebook. Plan when you’ll work on your art this week and how long you’ll work on it. Even if it’s only 2 hours a week, plan it out! And make sure not to schedule anything else in those time frames.

3.    Bring an art journal with you everywhere

One of our favorite things to do is squeeze in some art every chance we get. This may mean doing a quick sketch while on the bus or waiting in the doctor’s office. If you can’t fit blocks of creative time into your busy schedule, fit it in wherever you can. All it takes is a few minutes to draw a doodle, sketch, or jot down some ideas. But those few minutes add up to a lot of practice time!

Do this now: Invest in a small sketchbook and quality pens/pencils that you can take on the go. Finding a sketchbook that’s easy to carry around with you is key. Too bulky, and you’ll simply leave it at home.

4.    Attend an art workshop

There’s a magical thing that happens when you COMMIT to something (and pay for it). You actually do it! If you sign up for an art workshop, most likely you’ll pay ahead of time to save your spot, invite a friend to join you, write it down in your calendar, buy all the supplies needed for it, and mentally prepare yourself for that day. You are expected to attend the event and you will end up doing everything in your power to make it happen.

Do this now: Check out our list of art workshops on The Artist’s Corner and commit to one today! (Give us a call at 941-747-2995 to sign up)

5.    Make artsy friends

The people you surround yourself with will shape your habits. You’ll start to pick certain things up from them. So if you spend time with some artsy people, you’ll be more likely to spend more time doing art since that’s what they do. Plus, artsy friends are just more fun to hang out with 🙂

Do this now: Check out your local art clubs, events, meet ups, and groups. Start going to these things and meet new people. Then plan to do art together! It can be nerve-wracking meeting new people but keep an open mind. We’re sure you’ll find someone who you connect with.

6.    What can you do without?

You’re busy, we get it. We also get that life gets the best of us sometimes. There are days when you can’t think of anything better than coming home and watching your favorite TV show. But let’s go back to our priorities for a moment. Is TV time high on your list? If it’s not, replace that TV show with art. Stop and think, what can you do without?

Do this now: Grab your pen and paper again and now make a list of things you can eliminate from your life. Do you spend too much time on Facebook? Too much time glued to the TV? These could be your new times to create. Always remember your priorities when taking things out of your schedule and consider what’s most important to you.

7.    Set deadlines and goals

Maybe you just create for yourself for fun and that’s perfectly fine. Even if you don’t have set deadlines for your art projects, set them for yourself anyway. This will drive you to work on your art more often in order to reach your deadline. Always look at the big picture. Think about what you want to accomplish in the next year and set your deadlines accordingly.

Do this now: Write down a big goal you have for yourself this year. Break that goal down into smaller more achievable tasks and put those in your calendar. Next step is actually taking action on them!

Time is something totally out of our control. It ticks away whether we’re ready for it or not. There’s no pause button or chance to slow down. But one thing you can control is how you spend your time. Are you spending time doing something you’re passionate about? Are your priorities in line? Take some time over the next few days and ask yourself if you’re truly happy. Do you get excited every morning when your alarm rings or are you dreading all the stuff you have to get done? We strongly believe that by adding just a little bit of art into your busy schedule can make a huge difference in your life. Implement these 7 ways to make more time for art and let us know if these tips are helpful. COMMENT below with how this is helping you!

10 Ways to get more art into your life

By Nicole Tinkham

10 Ways to get more art into your life

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of us are short on time, so when it comes to personal hobbies, they tend to get pushed aside. This is particularly true for those who work full time. Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to get any quiet time after leaving the office. You rush home after work, run a few errands along the way, cook dinner and start to get ready for bed. So, starting a new creative project is probably the last thing on your mind. Can you relate?

Get ready because we’re about to get brutally honest. Art is your life and it’s important that you do it. It’s about time you make it a priority. You are no longer going to put it aside. There are NO EXCUSES from this day forward. You will fit art into your schedule no matter how busy you are and you will create art every single day. Make the promise to yourself right now that you will do everything you can to bring art back into your life by doing the following 10 things.

1.    Make a list of everything that can be cut from your daily routine that isn’t making any improvements in your life. This could be the 10 minutes of Facebook on your lunch break, the half hour of TV time every evening, reading mindless magazines in waiting rooms, or twiddling your thumbs on the bus. List at least 3 things that you would be willing to give up for the sake of your art.

2.    Use that extra time to take a walk. Clear your mind, notice your surroundings, and be inspired. Take a notebook or sketchbook along with you and jot down anything that comes to mind. This will get you in the creative mindset.

3.    Your daily task: JOURNAL. Do it every single day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick sketch or a complete masterpiece. It could even be something written like a poem or short story. Or you can use it as a diary and talk about your personal experiences. All of these are different ways to be creative and you don’t even have to be an artist to do them. Got 5 minutes? That’s all it takes to get an idea on paper!

4.    Read something that inspires you. Instead of reading mindless magazines pick up a really good book or check out art blogs that get you thinking and spark your creativity.

5.    Act like a kid every once in awhile. You still have to be a responsible adult (sometimes) but there’s also a time to be a little goofy and just have fun.  Children have this carefree mindset that we often lose when we grow up and have new responsibilities. Ever hear the quote “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up” by Picasso? To get back into that creative mode we must let go and be a kid again!

6.    Repeat after us: “I AM an artist”. Think of yourself first as an artist and second as your profession. Practice saying “I’m an artist who does accounting” instead of the other way around. Never think you’re not good enough. You are! Stop doubting yourself and own up to your REAL title as an artist.

7.    Figure out what you’re afraid of. If you’ve been putting off your art for a seriously long time, chances are there’s something holding you back. In order to move forward, you must determine what it is. We’ve found that many artists have a fear of not being perfect. Do you know how silly that is? The only way you can improve your skill is to give it a try and do it! Figure out the real reason why you haven’t made art a priority and ask yourself what the worst could happen if you just went for it.

8.    Take your art seriously. Whether you’re selling your art for profit, have your art hung in galleries, or just dabble on the weekends it’s important to take it seriously. You ARE a real artist (see and practice #6). Now it’s time to live up to it.

9.    Work in public. You’ve got to work on your art any chance you can get and sometimes that just happens to be in public. Luckily there are many ways to get creative when on the bus, in the Dr.’s office, in the office break room, or wherever you find yourself throughout the day. Here are some artsy things you can do when away from home.

•    Art journal
•    Knitting/crochet
•    Art apps on your phone
•    Photography
•    Writing

10.    Let creativity take over your life. Once you get rolling with your creativity, don’t fight it! The more you use your creative mind, the more the ideas will come to you. Always carry either a notebook, sketchbook, or smartphone with you at all times to jot down your ideas!

Consider this your creative bootcamp. Just like getting in shape, people often push their creative projects to the side when life gets busy. We’re here to motivate you because we know you can do it. We know how powerful unleashing your creative ideas can be. So what will you start doing from now on? You’ll be creative every single day, you’ll welcome new creative ideas and jot them in your idea journal which you will carry with you everywhere, you’ll be proud of your skills no matter where you’re at artistically, and you’ll make the time to do all of it regardless of your busy lifestyle. And don’t think we won’t check in with you every once in awhile to make sure you’re on track 🙂

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