Rule #1 – Keep It Simple

Ever been stuck in that sticky quagmire of Too Many Good Ideas?

I’ll bet you know exactly what I’m talking about, Fellow Creative, because we have so many juicy ideas that the choices often overwhelm us.

When that happens it’s easy to default to our distraction of choice, like binge-watching a series on Netflix. It’s comforting because it narrows down the choices but it certainly doesn’t get me any closer to my dreams and goals.

Recently I began dreaming about growing a creative community. A good idea which then morphed into ideas for blog posts and podcasts, social media, timelines, spreadsheets, planners and notebooks. The bigger the dream got the more complicated it became and the less I actually did. That’s why you haven’t heard from me for awhile.

I was lost in the swamp.

Then one night, as I lay awake trying to figure out where to even start,  one word flashed through my mind.

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Dance with me

“Simplicity can say a lot.” — from my sketchbook

It was a goosebump moment for me.  Here was one word that defined it all,. A guiding word that encompassed all those choices and plans.

Simply put,my dream is to share this creative journey with other passionistas.  Things like our joys and fears; ideas and tips; how we make creative time and space work for us and definitely the physical manifestations of our creative vision.

I’m asking you to dance with me.

Not long after that epiphany, I came across this quote:

“Simple, clear purposes and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.” David Allen, Author 

By keeping it simple I feel I’m taking smart action and trusting the rest will happen when it should. It even allows for happy accidents. I will still ‘cast a vision’ and set some goals but I don’t need to know the ‘how’ in gory detail. Only that next step.

Mmmm. Sounds kind of like the creative process to me.

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