Posts tagged online creatives
How I stop letting perfectionism hold me back by Shield Sisters Initiative

Hi friends, Wendy here! Welcome to Ditch Perfect’s Client + Community Stories series. My mission with Ditch Perfect is to help online creatives let go of their perfectionism + take action on their big creative ideas.

I’ve personally learned so much from other people's perfectionist stories + that’s why I’m sharing these powerful stories right here on the blog. Reading about personal experiences is a powerful thing + I believe there’s so much you can learn from these stories and insights too.

Today, I’m very grateful to share Raewyn Sangari from Shield Sisters Initiative ‘s perfectionist story. Over to you Raewyn!

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5 steps to stop procrastinating on your creative projects

I’m going out on a limb here. You felt that 2019 was *the* year that you would finally get started on that creative project you’ve been dreaming about for so long.

Putting the finishing touches on your creations is difficult for you, because you feel like they could be just a little bit more perfect.

You’re also wildly familiar with being stuck in the messy middle of a creative project at the expense of your productivity.

If this is ‘check, check, check’ for you, then you know what it’s like to be stuck in procrastination station. You’re not alone. I’ve been there.

Procrastination is the curse of the creative. You create something with your heart and soul + then you have to put your creations out there for the world to see, judge, and criticize. That stuff is scary. No wonder you procrastinate. No wonder your productivity suffers.

The thing is, though, you don’t have to remain stuck in procrastination station. These sure-fire tips will help you beat procrastination + improve your productivity with purpose.

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6 must-read personal growth books for creatives

Let me ask you this. When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

The travel section? Poetry? Murder mysteries?

Well, for me, the path is always the same: self-help here I come. While I love a good forensic thriller (I was obsessed with the book version of dr. Temperance Brennan long before Bones became a tv show), nothing can compare to that floating feeling of inspiration I get whenever I’m turning the pages of a personal development book.

I clearly remember reading Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly for the first time. In between fits of ugly crying, my mind was blown: “How did this woman climb into my head and put down in words exactly what I’m thinking and feeling?”

And that, my friend, is how my love affair with self-help books began. Along the way I’ve found 6 personal growth books that changed my life + that I believe are a must-read for creatives.

These books massively helped me better myself + helped me work on freeing myself from mental barriers and fears. So, let’s turn the page, shall we? (See what I did there? ;)

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Why I took on a day job aside from running my creative business

It’s the one thing we don’t talk about in creative business.

Having a day job aside from running a creative business, it’s still a taboo. Talking about your creative projects, blog, or business as a side hustle is a little more accepted, but there are still negative connotations attached.

So today, I thought I’d share my story of combining not one but 2 day jobs with the day-to-day realities of running Ditch Perfect.

It’s a no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes peek at:

  • Why I procrastinated for over a month on writing this post

  • The fears I feel about sharing my reality

  • Why I went from running my creative business full-time to taking on a day job, from both a financial + slow living perspective

  • How I made the decision to only go after “lower-level” jobs

  • How the skills I gained in running my creative business gave me an advantage in my job search + how both of my day jobs have stretched me in a way that I avoided looking at in business

When it comes to creative business we’re only shown the perfect picture: running it full-time (or at least having the desire to do so + working towards that goal) and making six figures while we’re at it.

With this blog post I wanted to add a different voice to the mix. A voice that lovingly calls BS. A voice that says that there are other ways. A voice that gives you permission to do things your way + on your terms.

Let’s get to it.

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6 lessons learned from going full-time with my creative business

A little over seven weeks ago I took the biggest leap of my life. I gave up the safety of a steady paycheck and said ‘Hell yeah!’ to entrepreneurship. Before that, for exactly one year, I ran Ditch Perfect in addition to my full-time job.

The transition from employee to entrepreneur has been both exciting and terrifying. Looking back now, the biggest lessons I learned along the way are not about business or marketing or copywriting. No, the lessons I learned are mostly about myself, who I am, what my values are + how to manage my energy.

So, this isn’t a post about the steps you need to take to take your side hustle full-time. This isn’t about business.

This is about going through a significant life transition + the lessons learned along the way. Big life changes is something we all go through, so I’m sure you can relate.

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