Can you color outside of the lines? Can you un-trap yourself from in the box thinking?
Creativity is not about perfection, it is about using your mind to grow. It’s about utilizing your mind to do something that no one else is doing, and sometimes that means that you utilize tools and resources available to you in order to complete whatever task may be at hand to do it, and do it effectively. In a way that is unique to ONLY you.
Ever since I was a toddler I have been made to feel like I didn’t have any artistic talent what so ever. I couldn’t copy art like art teachers assigned, I couldn’t paint the way that art teachers assigned, and the city scape that we had to draw every single year in art class – you would think that I could have gotten at least one year of it in a “close” fashion – nope – not me. Epic Failure – why though? Because, from that young age I had been made to believe that I was an epic failure at art but, was that the truth?
Several months ago a Graphic Designer friend of mine asked me why I didn’t design websites – I answered honestly, because I didn’t know how but, then she said “Misty, you do know, you are already doing it. You’ve already done it with your site.”
Now before you go critiquing my site I’m going to put it out there. EmBeWrites.com is going through a lot of changes. It’s been an interesting last couple of months as I have been pushed into what has seemed like an overwhelming 50,000 different directions primarily by people who don’t share my vision, and what I’ve come to realize is that if they don’t share my vision for my business then our business relationship just won’t work.
I’ve had to back away, think about color schemes, think about design, think about designing my logo, think about layout, and yes, I’ve thought a lot about services as well. When I say A-lot is changing, I mean quite literally everything is changing. I’ve been so focused, and so busy working on the things that my clients hire me to complete for them that all of this took a back seat but, it took a back seat because, I had to really determine where it is that EmBe Writes was headed in the Freelance Writing Field as well as the Real Estate Internet Marketing Field. My clients ask so much of me, and I truly love what I do, and am grateful for each and every one of them but, there have been many lessons that I have learned over the last year, and it has become a huge lesson in setting, maintaining, and keeping boundaries for me. There are times when I still find myself working til Midnight on a last minute project but, it does not happen nearly as frequently as it use to and when it does now, I agree to it by choice.
The changes that are now being implimented do not scare me they actually thrill me a little bit. Change can be exciting, it can be refreshing, it can be fulfilling, and it can further instill growth as I learned over this past weekend when I took a step forward that I wasn’t expecting to take, and pleasantly surprised myself before, during, and after the evening was finished. The last few months for me have taught me a lot, and it’s grown me in ways that I can’t even begin to find words for right now.
So, as I have spent a lot of time thinking, reflecting, and really looking within as well as furthering my own education in the field I’ve realized something else – I do have talent, I do have artistic ability, I do have creativity but, the problem is that graphics, graphic design, website design, and content writing / ad copy wasn’t something ever taught in school when I was growing up. I could type 87 wpm but, the internet had only just begun, and no one knew where any of this was going or, where it was headed yet, and therefore, people like myself were made to feel like failures when the truth was, we weren’t failures, we had talent, the talent and the truth had just yet to be discovered.
So – Can you think outside of the box? Can you utilize creativity to grow your business and grow your brand? I bet you can. You just have to believe…..in yourself.
In conclusion, I’ll leave you with this:
I think I’ve finally selected my color scheme: What do you think?