On process, progress, and perfection

OK so I started this blog as a means of creative documentation, inspired largely by Austin Kleon after I read his book, Show Your Work. It’s been nearly a year since my first post and I can’t help but wish I’d done more blogging than I already have. It’s true what they say that it’s one thing to say you’re going to do something, and another to actually do it.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that most of the time I hold myself back when it comes to writing because I always want to put out work that’s perfect and finished. On one hand, there’s nothing to be ashamed of in striving for perfection and offering the best quality you can. But on the other hand, when the mess of life happens, who has time to be perfect about everything? So I miss out on documenting a bunch of things and side projects that have contributed to my creative process mainly because of fear of imperfection coupled with my arch nemesis, procrastination.

So from this point forward, I’m going to make it a point to let my work unfold as it should and go with the flow. I’m going to start by tackling by (embarrassingly long) list of blog backlog drafts, which I aim to have all published by the last week of July, in time to celebrate this website’s first anniversary. I want to overcome my own laziness that says I don’t have enough time for this, because the truth is we all make time for what we want. I want to start looking for little bits of time—10 minutes here, 15 there—instead of waiting for that Big Chunk of Time I Can Devote To Blogging, because it will never come.

Nothing happens unless we make it happen. Commit commit commit. Whatever it is you feel you must do—do it. It won’t be easy, but ultimately the everyday choice is simple and most of all, it’s worth it.

Bea

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