It’s been a little over a month now that I’ve put out my blog (v proud of myself) but, throughout this month I’ve thought a lot about the positives and the negatives that are attached when you are or are trying to be a creator/creative person.
If you are a person that brings something into existence, you know there’s quite a bit of both; But, I’m going to focus a little more on the positives because, I want people that want to share their creativity and passions to do so, rather than scare them away. That’s what I’ve realized I want to pursue. Inspiring people to step out their comfort zones and be confident in a lot of different ways.
First on my list of pro’s, is being able to share your passions and talents with as many people in the world as you can reach and then some. Social media is such a fantastic tool (for better or for worse) to help share whatever it is you are putting out into the world. I want to inspire as many people as I can, whether it be in fashion or with lifestyle, I know it’d be harder to do so without social media. I haven’t finished college yet, but so much of my learning is done here online. It’s not a piece of paper, but it’s still useful. Society drills the thought that ‘the only way you can succeed is by finishing college’ and while I’m still a student, I don’t think my life would be in shambles without the validation of a degree. You can be and do anything you want to do.
On the opposing side of media, it gives more people access to you and your life. I’ve learned you need a thick skin when it comes to this. You cannot focus on what other’s are doing around you, monitor the time you’re spending behind the screen because that’s just as exhausting. I’ve realized, not everyone is going to love what you do, or support your decisions but, you learn to filter out whatever you don’t want to share and keep some things personal as well as filter out the people that weight you down and focus on the people that make you better.
Which leads me to the people you meet. For one, if you knew me two year’s ago, you would know I wasn’t at all the person I am now. I’ve come out of my basement (for those of you who know, know LOL.) and am a member of society. I never used to talk about my “creative” side because when I would, people thought it was weird or didn’t see the point in it. I remember wanting to have a blog and talking about it, but never really acted on it until the launch of FOUR THE CITY. Man, I’m so lucky I’ve found people that match my hunger to create. We’re a force to be reckoned with, collectively and within our niche. We motivate, inspire, and show love to one another. That’s a team. We create waves, not ride them. You’ll stumble across people trying to overshadow you, dull your shine, and plain out not give you credit for the ideas you put out when they take them, but if you find people that genuinely support you and are loyal to you, you have nothing to worry about. Your craft will speak for you, focus on that. Shout out the team! Extra big thanks to Patrick for alway’s doing work behind the lens & risking our safety. But that’s part of it, trying new thing’s, meeting new people, discovering yourself in new ways. I spend a lot of time writing about myself and my views that I’m learning thing’s I never really knew before about myself and my style.
Side note: As some of you know FOUR THE CITY teamed up with The Hunger Task Force to donate $4 from every tee sold to help feed kid’s this summer. I hope that if you haven’t ordered a tee yet, you take the time out to help us make a difference. We’re trying something entirely new because to us it’s more than just a t-shirt brand.
Lastly, you learn to better manage your time and energy. For those of you who don’t know yes, I work a regular 9-5 job. For me, that means I don’t always have time to sit and write, but I’ve realized that’s where my heart lies. I find myself constantly drafting ideas in my spare time and looking for new way’s to keep my passion for creating alive. I’m learning to give my time and energy to things that will help me do that.
My best advice to anyone trying to do the same is, never give up and surround yourself with people and things that make you hungry for life and nourish yourself enough to find your path. You have to work hard to achieve what’s in your head and make it a reality.