I stumbled across an amazing YouTube channel hosted by the amazingly personable Kelly-Ann Maddox, who has been doing videos for her Self-Love September sessions for a few years now. Each year, her audience grows, and her encouragement reaches others... including myself, and I realized I'd really like to share this gem with my audience as well.
You can watch her introductory video to last years sessions below.
Kelly-Ann recently released a Sound Cloud session for creative folks that I particularly wanted to share with you, all about owning your own creative process. This has always been hard for me, as I struggled with what might be creatively "expected" of me, while the work I was itching to complete might otherwise be ignored or unappreciated. We're taught, especially in business-minded circles, that giving the customer what they want is the key to success, whether this aligns with your own aesthetics or not. And this audio clip was a beautiful reminder that sometimes we have to show folks what they want, via our own voice and creative tenacity. This is all about giving ourselves permission to create according to our own journey and not that of others. How many times, as a creative business owner, have your heard "You should make (enter random thing totally not in the least connected to your aesthetic or creative voice)." Or, how about "Aren't you a little too old to play with jewelry? Don't you think you should get a real job?" This audio file touches on these types of ingrained expectations and behavioral patterns. Have a listen!