It can be tempting to think of creative lives as existing purely in the domain of the mind, as imaginative pursuits that have little bearing on our physical bodies. But as any artist or designer who has struggled with injury will attest, the body is a necessary part of a creative practice. A repetitive strain injury, poor posture, or persistent fatigue will certainly have significant impact on how and when creatives produce work. Unfortunately, this realization tends to come only come after such issues have become an impediment to one’s work. Illustrator and cartoonist Kriota Willberg has long recognized the
As creatives, we’ve all experienced creative blocks, misplaced passions, and a lack of career focus and clarity in some form or another. They’re often roadblocks that can keep us from producing our best work. The good news, though, is that a good deal of it is in your head—stay with us here—and you have more agency over your self-sabotaging thoughts than you may think. According to experimental psychologist and “mind hacking” expert Patrycja Slawuta, we can all take strategic steps to reprogram the matrix of influences at play in our subconscious. After years in academia, Slawuta, who earned a PhD
We grew up learning about traditional jobs and career paths. None of us was encouraged to juggle wearing many hats and taking on different projects. This idea of multiple income streams that add up to be equal or more than a full-time salary, or “portfolio career” (a concept we explored through “Love It or Leave It” by Samantha Clarke), is more common than it once was. We talked to experts who are living proof that your career does not have to be a linear journey to flourish, and that you don’t need to be confined to just one type of
As creative professionals, gig workers, freelancers, and small business owners, many of us are familiar with the challenges and benefits of working remotely from home. In fact,according to Gallup’s article from March 2020, 43% of U.S. employees already worked remotely some or all of the time and studies show remote workers can even be more productive and profitable than in-house employees. Yet there’s a learning curve to remote work, and those of us who’ve recently made the transition are discovering which practices translate from office to home—and which need to be reimagined altogether. One of the biggest considerations being
Did you know more than 57 million Americans freelance, according to the Freelancing in America report. I myself was freelancing for nearly 10 years before starting my S Corp, and I’ve experienced firsthand the ups and downs that come with taking on clients, managing the workload, pricing your services and so much more. As a […]
It’s not always possible to quickly measure success in business, so when it happens, it’s worth dissecting the elements that contributed to the success. That’s why I want to look at a recent community toy drive spearheaded by Ripped City Gardens, an artisan cannabis grower based in Portland, Oregon. The post Case Study: Waging a […]
I find that there’s an insatiable appetite for anything that might increase our productivity: tips, hacks, apps, ideas, approaches, philosophies, potted plants, odors, better chairs – anything. That’s why I collect the best articles from around the internet that give us ways to boost our productivity. The post Best of the Web: December Productivity Edition […]
See what you think of this book title: What happens when a strong-willed woman and man try to make a relationship work during a time of social upheaval? The post Still a slave to keywords? Set yourself free! appeared first on Ray Manley.
There’s more content than usual in this installment of the best of the web. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling the last few weeks and neglected my curation duties, so I had some catching up to do. Sit back, relax, scan the 22 articles below and find the nuggets of wisdom that you can […]
I realized that we have another tell-tale sign that Christmas and the holiday season are bearing down on us like a brakeless semi-truck the other day when one of my Facebook friends boasted that she was dressed up and ready for the Hallmark movies. I may be a little late to the party, but I […]
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