3 Ways to Safeguard Your Creative Health
menu

upgrade your clients

power in purpose podcast

work with me

free biz plan outline + guide

It's time to stop winging it in your business and write a strategy for success. Download your free Business Plan Outline + Guide and get the momentum you need to write your biz plan.

download now

hey there!

I believe that entrepreneurs who lead with their purpose are more successful, less likely to burn out, and deeply connected to why they do what they do. 

I help women like you build a profitable business with purpose.

close menu

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME

Things to Do Better

3 Ways to Safeguard Your Creative Health

October 19, 2018

Creative health– this is a topic we don’t talk about often enough! On an Instagram live recently, someone asked me what tips I have for making sure we’re taking good care of our creative health. As a creative entrepreneur, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of mundane; working with clients is what we […]

is honeybook the right fit for your biz?
how to blog with strategy in 2021
wtf is the new social app clubhouse
Now Trending:
I'm candice!

I'm Candice, your new tell-it-like-it-is BFF (and purpose cheerleader). Are you ready to grow and scale a profitable business with purpose–and one that gives back to your meaningful life? Thought so!

hello,

What's your brand cocktail for success?

take the quiz

*cues up to the bar* Let's start the tab, shall we? Take the quiz and find your brand cocktail for success.

Creative health– this is a topic we don't talk about often enough! On an Instagram live recently, someone asked me what tips I have for making sure we're taking good care of our creative health. As a creative entrepreneur, it's very easy to fall into the trap of mundane; working with clients is what we do, but they often dictate our creative process (no matter how many boundaries you set). It's just the side effect of being creative– but that “side effect” can leave us feeling creative burnout like we're not working at our best and uninspired.

It happens to so many of us. I even discussed it with Kristy Rice on her episode of The Power in Purpose podcast, where she shares the techniques she uses to stay creative.

So, how do we fix it or stop it from happening in the first place? Here are 3 ways to safeguard your creative health.

DO PERSONAL PROJECTS FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN YOURSELF

Get out there and start creating something for you. It can be related to your business– like a branding photoshoot or a creative photoshoot– or something entirely different, like adult coloring (shout out to my friend Kristy Rice, who created these beautiful coloring books).

The whole point is for you to exercise your creativity on your own terms and for no other reason than it's something YOU want to do. That's how I started doing editorial photoshoots; at the time, I just wanted to create something for me that could be enjoyed by others. Those photoshoots lead to more photoshoots and as you know, two books!

Try something new or get back to your roots. Sign up for a pottery class, start a YouTube channel about bird watching (can you tell I was trying to think of something completely random?), dust off that digital camera and take pictures of your life. No matter the activity, doing creative personal projects for yourself can help reignite the day-to-day creativity your clients expect from you.

LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR INDUSTRY FOR INSPIRATION

Put away those industry-related magazines and get outside of your creative cycle. Look elsewhere for your inspiration– like your daily life, your favorite restaurant, that peaceful park near your house. Have conversations with people outside your industry– artists, artisans, chefs… the list is endless. When we can look outside of our industry for inspiration, we open up a whole new way of looking at things.

I shared an instagram post about how my art teacher in college asked us to close our eyes and tell him what we saw. I go back to this exercise from time to time when I need some help. Close your eyes to your industry pinterest feed and obvious sources of inspiration and open them to new places where inspiration is waiting for you!

FORM A CREATIVE GROUP

Working in creative isolation can suck, y'all. That's why I suggest curating a creative group of like-minded entrepreneurs, either in the same industry or in industries entirely unrelated, to help you move the needle forward.

Claude Monet (admittedly my least favorite painter) was the founder of Impressionism, but the movement itself arose from a group of fellow artists. You’d be surprised to hear that this creative group was composed of Monet, Renoir, Bazille, and Alfred Sisley, later expanding to include Manet, Degas and Cezanne. The original group of four often lived and worked under the same roof, harnessing their resources, inspiring each other to take risks, and learning from each other’s mistakes.

Call it a mastermind or a community– call it whatever you'd like! The principle has been around for a long time and it works. I wrote an entire blog post about how creativity in numbers can boost your business. Learn more about my thoughts on the subject here.

What are some ways that you protect your creative health? I'd love to know– and add them to this post so others can learn from you. Leave a comment below and let's chat!

Explore More Resources

Check out the most recent posts

Here's some recent posts to check out

before you go...

+ show Comments

- Hide Comments

add a comment

Join the Convo

Crisp, cool, profesh

Are you...

A bubbly entrepreneur

...or a fresh, spirited strategist?

Learn about your biz strategy and get free resources to level up

take the quiz
and find out!

You just found your weekly dose of why.

Get ready to grow your business with intention, one episode at a time. Join me every Tuesday to have a conversation about marketing, mindset, or money on The Power in Purpose Podcast.

it's like having me in your back pocket (literally)

LISTEN ON apple
LISTEN ON STITCHER
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY
listen on google

Each week, we explore how to build a profitable business with purpose—and the stories behind successful entrepreneurs who have. Get ready to dig in and have meaningful conversations about business and life, as we explore the strategies and techniques that build the kind of business you want. 

I believe entrepreneurs who lead with their purpose are more successful, less likely to burn out, and deeply connected to why they do what they do. 

these posts are on fire

Wanna steal my biz secrets?

or at the very least, hear the story about how I met Beyonce?