In this creative industry, it is hard to meet people where they are at. We are intimidated by the number of followers others have, the number of comments on each post, or even the quality of images on their feed.

So instead of reaching out, starting a conversation, and learning from them, we envy from afar. We soak ourselves in this envy assuming no one else struggles the way we do.

I’m sharing with you my 3 tips that help me praise and value the creative industry without devaluing myself.

Jot your thoughts down!

Your first thought is probably, “Lauren, I don’t even have time to shower every day. How will I find the time to write?” Trust me, I get it!

Jotting down your thoughts is important because you need to cherish the process. You aren’t going to gain 1,000 website views within a month of starting your business. Starting out with an empty website is something to be proud of. You took a leap of faith, now write about it! i.e how you got started, what website platform is the best, or tips for building a website. Maybe the next day you write about struggling. In the end, find the beauty in starting something and watching it flourish. Even if it includes a few dead flowers here and there. If you can’t find inspiration anywhere, start by writing down a quote on a post-it note every day. Occasionally look back at the quotes that helped you keep going! Starting is the hardest part.

Reach out to other creatives in your area.

Honeybook. I talk about this all the time because I’m so grateful for this space of the internet. Honeybook is a one-stop shop for creatives. In addition to managing the financial side of your business, you can also find people who are also photographers, writers, graphic designers, jewelry makers, etc. Honeybook allows you to connect with people near your city or another city. Send a message and ask if they want to meet for coffee. There is even a place to find collaboration opportunities near you!

Schedule out your day.

Whether this is your full-time job or a side gig, schedule out what the week looks like for you. Are their deadlines coming up? Do you have a collaboration you need to photograph? Write down everything you need to do and then plan out your week. Not having a boss or set job description makes it hard to not say “yes” to every opportunity. It’s okay to say “no” to a lunch meeting if you know it’s going to take all day to finish a project. Remember that you are your best self when you aren’t stressed. Planning out your week helps make sure you’re always prepared.

Meet Lauren!

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Hi there! I’m a midwest girl, turned Floridian, and now living in the South. South Carolina to be exact. At 22, I’m holding onto a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, working retail to pay the bills, and running my own business as a content writer and product photographer. And loving every second of it, I must add. I hope one day to inspire people to do what they love. On a day off, you can find me walking my pup, Wilson, all over my little town in South Carolina.

You can find me on Instagram @Lauren_Connelly or through my website www.writerLaurenConnelly.com. If you have any questions, please email me at writerlaurenconnelly@gmail.com. I’d love to chat!