Everyone is bound to hit a roadblock on their creative journey. Whether you are running a creative business full-time or part-time, there is going to be a season where it’s hard to do your craft.

Especially since there is incredible talent in this world, seeing other creatives doing your same talent is enough to make you second guess what you are doing. I have found five go-to ways for me to stay creative even in a rough patch.

Read.

As a kid, I hated reading. Sitting still wasn’t for me. Now, I’ve learned reading is enjoyable when you are invested in the book. Motivational books help me stay creative.  Recently, I have been on a kick to read at least one chapter every morning. It helps me step away from grabbing my phone to start checking emails.  I’m starting to remind myself the importance of being present and learning that emails can wait.

Here are 3 books that have impacted my journey

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequest

Love Does by Bob Goff

Rising Tide Society

If you’re a creative and not following the Rising Tide Society, go do it now! and then come back to read the rest of this. Rising Tide Society is a Facebook group by Honeybook that houses the best tips and tricks as a creative entrepreneur. The group is filled with photographers, hand letterers, graphic designers, bloggers, Etsy shop owners, and anything else you can think of. It is so uplifting to hear about the triumphs and trials that every self-employed person experiences. Honestly, I have built many connections on the Facebook page that some are now my clients!

Listen to Podcasts

I just recently started listening to Podcasts after hearing about Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger podcast. It’s been so helpful to hear about her story and where she is today. Jenna Kutcher is authentic about life’s ebbs and flows. And she preaches about #CommunityOverCompetiton, which is music to my ears. Another podcast that I’ve checked into is anything with Simon Sinek. I love hearing other people’s perspectives on topics that are close to my heart. As a millennial, I’m interested in hearing how my generation is different from previous.

Ted Talks

If you can’t tell yet, anything uplifting and positive gets my creative juices flowing. Ted Talks have been a way where I can listen and jot down ideas that come to mind. I have 4 Ted Talks that will go down as my all-time favorites. If you feel like you need a pick me up, check these out!

My Story: Winning by Losing | Bobby Bones 

I’ve Got 99 Problems … palsy is just one | Maysoon Zayid

Love Letters to Strangers | Hannah Brencher

Everyday Leadership | Drew Dudley

Grab coffee with creatives in your community

I’m extremely lucky to live in a city where creatives are everywhere! There are meetings every week for young professionals, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs. Basically, you can meet someone new every day of the week here in Greenville, South Carolina! Check out Facebook groups in your city to see if there are meetings near you. Does your city have a TuesdayTogether chapter? You can go in looking to collaborate or just a way to make friends. Either way, meeting people who are in the same boat as you, is always refreshing.

How do you stay creative? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to follow my creative journey? Follow along on Instagram!

Posted by:Lauren

A twenty-something using words to elevate content on the internet. Aspiring to help lifestyle and beauty brands make the most of their online presence.

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