The little things that keep me motivated.
Ayo. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m just enjoying my process and learning every step of the way. Here are 11 things that have worked for me in staying motivated in my craft.
Start your day off right. Maybe it’s a breakfast, coffee, taking the time to dress up, curl your hair, work out? Whatever it may be, do something for yourself that will set the tone for your day. Start it with feeling confident and happy. For me, it’s always choosing an outfit. Love, love, love, doing that. Creative juices are flowing at 7:30 a.m. and I got no problem with that. Light a candle? Listen to a podcast? Watch Youtube videos while you do your makeup. Create a routine that gets you into the swing of things, where you feel ready to work and start the day.
Have a mentor. Mentors are great because they can guide you throughout life, give you advice on work, and they give you a different perspective on their experiences that you might find interesting. Find someone who inspires you and pick their brain. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you surround yourself with like-minded people and people that you aspire to be, you will become your best self and grow even more. It’s nice to have that push and a person to keep you in check.
Stay relevant. I took a trend forecast class in school and trying to stay relevant everyday has stuck with me. It has come natural too. No way in staying relevant is wrong… it can be reading, social media, Youtube, going to Museums, traveling, looking at architecture, music, etc. My teacher had a whole folder of blogs, articles, newspapers that she archived that sparked her interests. She was a trend forecaster and futurist at Google and categorizing and scrolling through every little thing was her job! Isn’t that cool? We had to do so many exercises, do informational interviews, but at the end of the day, she just told us to always know whats up, especially in this day in age. I have an account on this website called Designspiration. It’s kind of like a Pinterest but it’s really well designed and so pleasing to the eye. I organize visuals that inspire me in folders. I have a folder about typography, fine art, fashion, architecture, layout design, editorial, photo shoots, and travel. I find it so fun and it’s definitely my way of staying relevant. Categorizing things and looking at new things really exercises my brain. When you stay relevant, you’re pushing yourself to learn something and being accepting to new waves. You’re simply being open minded.
Write out your goals. Do it every week, every month, do what works for you. Why? Because when you write it out, it will help you resonate, think of options, think about your next steps. Long term goal? Short term goal? Write it out. Create a check list. Write! Write! Write! Idk if this is just me, but when I write things out, I feel it, and it’s more likely to happen.
Try new things. Maybe it’s journaling? Learning how to play a new sport? Taking a dance class? Putting yourself out of your comfort zone is the best way to test your capabilities. You don’t have to be the best at it, just try it. Because of trying new things for me, it has given me unique opportunities. For example, my first internship was at a men’s custom tailoring start up. I had no interest in tailoring, it just sounded cool and my friend who referred me told me that the people there were so inspiring… so I did it. From there, I started to become more aware of my fashion choices, and I started finding my style. I was so inspired by their craft, a couple years later, I picked up sewing and took a class for a month. I just wanted to try it and I surprisingly was decent at it. Because of that, I landed an internship with a designer. The list goes on, but you really… will. never. know. if. you. don’t. try. period.
Be selfish. Be selfish with good intentions. Just put yourself first, learn to say no, don’t put yourself in stupid situations, do what’s best for you. Being selfish is self love, self care. If you respect yourself, people will respect you.
Be Positive. This is so corny but I’m the type of person that will say… “oh my god this book was amazing” about every book I read haha. I say that about everything to be honest. When you’re positive and look at things in a good way, when you compliment people, and say nice things, for some reason, good things will happen. I’m not asking for anything in return, I’m not asking for a friend, just being positive has given me so many great blessings in life. Be there for people, learn to show up, learn to give, and to show respect. Be hospitable and inviting. Smile. Good things will happen. Trust.
Read. My favorite type of books are romantic novels, self care, lookbooks, magazines. Read anything that will spark your interest. I’m a sucker for romance because I personally am not in a relationship and it gives me something to look forward to when that time comes. I loooove self care books oh my god they just put me in the right place, the right mindset, expand my growth, give me quotes that I resonate with, amplify my self image… self care books are everything. When I look at lookbooks or magazines, most of the time I’m not reading but I’m studying visuals like no other. I’m looking at photos in a different perspective, I’m taking note of design from artists from the present and past, looking at fashion from around the world, taking note of writing styles and the way people interview. Lookbooks are my favorite because they are the most relevant in this modern world. In indie lookbooks or zines, they interview a lot of up and coming artists and their creative process might inspire you.
Garden. Taking care of plants is very theraputic. You learn timing, patience, growth. You get to test if the plant is better in direct or indirect sunlight. Gardening is trial and error and with the right love and care, something small can become beautiful.
Take care of your creative space. Interior decorating is my thing. Living in NY has been a struggle and it took me 4 months to find a good desk, a drawer, basically everything in my room. NY is so dirty and so fast paced. I made sure that my room is a homie ass peaceful ass sanctuary where I can create, dance, and sleep. Taking care of your space is essential to life. When your space is clean, when it’s functional to your liking, when it’s pretty, when it’s cozy, you will check everything off your to do list, you will be put in the right mood to start/end your day, you will just be inspired to do more. Pin up a photo of a place you want to travel to, decorate with photos of your friends. Idk. Your room is YOURS. YOUR SPACE. YOUR CAVE. Take care of it!
Dance. When I dance, I feel on top of the world. Sometimes I look at my videos and watch myself and say, “Biiitch who are you.” I become the person that I wish to be in real life. It’s true, I’m more confident when I dance than who I really am in person. There’s just something about music and grooving that comes so natural to me. I’m in my element, I’m in my zone, and express things that I can’t say or wish I can say through movement. But anyway, I love it and I don’t know what I’d do without it. I’m honestly not as religious as I used to be, but I do still pray. I don’t remember the exact bible verse… It’s along the lines of, “If you have a gift, share it with the world” (something like that). I lived every day learning to share my talent and I still do. I do it for myself, but if it makes you happy too, then good, I’m glad. Find what your passion is, and consistently work on it. You don’t have to be the best. Just do it because you fucking love it.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you real soon.