"This can be a crippling thought thinking you have to know exactly your vision before you even get started. It is important to have a good foundation before starting your own business, but you can kind of figure out your values and priorities as you go along as well."
Here is a little more about my personal situation... I kind of have a weird job in the fact that I'm self employed. I work four days a week at W. L. Gore & Associates, a medical device company, doing all kinds of Graphic Design projects. And all day Friday I work from home on my Just Be Designs, LLC business mainly focusing on wedding design (that also includes random evening and weekends, which can make my life very unbalanced and I'll touch on that later). I love the work I do, which I know I'm lucky to be able to say, but there is quite the learning curve when you are self employed and experimenting with creating and nourishing a creative business. That is why I try to make self growth and learning a big priority, like attending this inspirational conference.
Fun fact, 42 million freelancers are in this country, which is one third of the workforce. It'll be one half of the workforce by 2050!! So if you happen to be self-employed there are many of us out there you're not alone.
Something that really inspired me at the conference is the idea that having a vision of where you're going is what gives you courage. And overtime your vision should grow in size and clarity. This can be a crippling thought thinking you have to know exactly your vision before you even get started. It is important to have a good foundation before starting your own business, but you can kind of figure out your values and priorities as you go along as well. I attended a talk by Sarah Durham called "Integrating your values into your business." My top three values that I identified are life balance, integrity, & personal growth. I love how she defined values as "the deeply held beliefs that guide how you approach your work", which help in decisions and conflicts.
For me another eye-opening question was, does growth always mean more? Can growth mean better or even less? Something I'm constantly working on is "life to work balance." So the idea of moving in the direction of better work and maybe even less work to create an overall life balance was an amazing realization. I'm still mulling over how to actually achieve this in my own life.
Personally I am glued to my iPhone a little too much. One speaker Luke Mysse, suggested that first thing in the morning just have a stretch, drink some water, think about things you're thankful for and then pick up your iPhone. To quote Luke, "you're either sitting on the toilet in the morning with your iPhone or you do not have an iPhone!" So take a technology breather, I recently went to a yoga class where I'm trying to combat my looming case of carpal tunnel from being on the computer all day. Once I arrive to yoga and realized I forgot my phone at home, which is a rare occurrence. I had about 15 minutes before the class started where I would usually bury my face in my phone checking mindless Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. But I was forced to look around the room and talk to people and get out of that technology trance that I can get into and it was amazing! Give it a try.
- An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision.
- Mistakes are part of the process.
- Love working for free, hate working for cheap!
- Sometimes dorky projects pay the bills.
- Brand is an emotional after taste.
- Build learning and exploration time into your schedule.
- Nothing is completely original. Embrace influence.
- Produce. Explore. Share.
- Don't wait till you know who you are to start.
- The ideas come when your hands are busy.
- Marry well (surround yourself with great people).
In conclusion, my (somewhat vague) vision right now is for my life & business to have great relationships, to create things, and to make other people's lives better. If I'm doing those things I'm doing okay. I hope you enjoyed reading this I got a lot out of the conference and couldn't help but share it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of this. Did something in my mess of words stand out to you?
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