Overachieving is not a prerequisite to anything {Notes from the Kind Side}

You don't actually have to do these things 24/7 to be taken seriously. You don't have to spend every spare second trying to prove to yourself or anyone else that you're committed to doing that thing you're trying to do. It's good to be driven. It's good to be able to motivate yourself if that's … Continue reading Overachieving is not a prerequisite to anything {Notes from the Kind Side}

Here, so mundane {Notes from the Kind Side}

Everyone feels a little bored with their life sometimes. I'd guess it's pretty normal to wish to live in someone else's story for a little while. The choices we aren't privy to can seem glamorous, adventurous, or just enjoyable with no hard consequences or issues. The idea is almost always that someone else's life is … Continue reading Here, so mundane {Notes from the Kind Side}

Room Enough {Notes from the Kind Side}

I've gotten caught in the idea of enough right here on the kind side, but so often this little phrase of "not enough" is the sticking point in creativity for me. So here I am telling you (through words I want to hear) there is room enough for your creativity, for your big dream, for … Continue reading Room Enough {Notes from the Kind Side}

“You” Enough {The Kind Side}

But is this really me? Is this what I want to do forever?Is this who I am?Is there even a future here? Surely someone else could do it better. But it's just a hobby. I don't need to take it any further. Second-guessing questions and pre-evaluating sentences provoke all sorts of doubt and fear in … Continue reading “You” Enough {The Kind Side}

Everything Feels a Little Ridiculous {The Kind Side}

Don't quit because you feel ridiculous. Everything you do will feel a little ridiculous at some point; it doesn't mean you should quit or even second-guess. Carry on. Stretch your comfort zone. Try a little more than you think you can manage. Step out of ruts and boredom into the realm of the ridiculous. Chances … Continue reading Everything Feels a Little Ridiculous {The Kind Side}

Don’t sit it out {The Kind Side}

There's not a "right way." I know it's not earth-shattering, but sometimes you just need to say it. Sometimes wanting to know you're doing it right is stopping you from trying in the first place. Say the words and free yourself up from researching, wondering, and stalling because you're not convinced you've got things right … Continue reading Don’t sit it out {The Kind Side}

On the journey to create.. 3 things {The Kind Side}

We won’t figure it out right away. Each attempt will probably show us something really useful. Our creative efforts might help other people in ways we’ll never know. This cute picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, is about a little girl trying to create something she has pictured in her head. She … Continue reading On the journey to create.. 3 things {The Kind Side}

You don’t have to {The Kind Side}

You don't have to have any of it under control. This is obvious. But it also isn't. I often feel like I have to have things under control. Maybe not all the things, but at least my things. At least some things. I know I can't control a lot of things, but I also know … Continue reading You don’t have to {The Kind Side}