I have been turning these things over in my mind for some time now, and watching others with the courage and determination go for it. As a full-time writer, I would like to launch a blog and podcast about faith and spirituality in the modern world. This is partly because I want to interview people and learn more about their religion – or lack of it – but also because I’d love to put my own stamp on my creative project. And, who knows, maybe it will open up new doors in my career. I have even come up with a name – The Life and Soul – but have been fretting over theoretical details and taken zero steps towards making it a reality.
I go to see Philiy Page, who runs Creative Women International, an inspiring network for women in the creative industries. As a mentor and author of the book The Business Of Creativity (Balboa Press, £11.95), she is curious about what has been holding me back from launching my enterprise.
Perfect doesn’t exist
I tell her that I’ve I felt as though I needed to spend months preparing and strategising before ‘unveiling’ my project. I’ve held back from doing even this, because I worried that it would not be to a high enough standard – that I had to produce something polished and professional, and this kept putting me off.
Philiy tells me that I just need to get going, that I don’t need to share my blog with friends and family immediately, but I should start working on it. She also points out that my product doesn’t need to be perfect – that if I am honest with my readers and tell them I am just starting out; that these are my personal thoughts and writing, then they will forgive a little background noise in the podcast.
‘Remember to be brave and bold. Take yourself out of your comfort zone in a considered manner. Take steps forward, even if you don’t feel like you have everything in place yet.’
She sets me homework – to write three separate blog posts, as well as recording a short podcast, and to plot out a ‘content calendar’ of main topics for future weeks – for example, culture, spirituality and mindfulness and philosophy.
Movers and makers
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