About 7 months ago, I began the adventure of A Big Creative Yes.
In my first ever post – Embracing The Elements – I talked about trying to bring together the different strands of myself, who I am and what I do in one place.
A few people who I follow and who really inspire me (Courtney Carver, Everett Bogue, Martijn van Osch, Megan Matthieson, Bindu Wiles, among others) have either talked about the purpose and hopes for their blogs recently, or revamped and realigned them after getting focused on what they really want to do.
So I thought it was time to take a little look at A Big Creative Yes, it’s story so far, and where it’s going.
My About page states my personal mission as being:
To help people become as abundantly creative as they’ve always known they can be, to inspire and energise their own lives to new levels, and the lives and creativity of those around them.
Which still feels a little vague but sums up well what I’m striving to do, what I’ve always striven to do.
What I still haven’t quite figured out is how to weave the different parts of CoachCreative (and myself!) together to make a more coherent and seamless whole.
Then there’s my ezine – Create Create! – (coming up to its fifth birthday and 120th issue in November), the consistently inspiring people I find and connect with (and who find me) on Twitter, my awkward aloof relationship with Facebook, a new series of short videos on Vimeo, a currently dormant podcast series – CoachCreativeClips, some 750 plus creativity articles on EzineArticles, HowToDoThings and other sites, and a couple of other little things.
I put them all (except Twitter and Facebook) together as one feed on FriendFeed and gave it its own address – FollowDanGoodwin.com.
But still in all this I’m not sure how it all fits, or whether it’s all necessary.
What’s lacking, and this isn’t the easiest part to talk about, is for all this apparent activity and output, I’m not supporting myself solely from these ventures. Nowhere close.
I don’t feel much nearer to my aim of giving up my day job at least partially than I did when I started A Big Creative Yes 7 months ago, a year ago, or longer.
Personally, since A Big Creative Yes began, I’ve moved into a much calmer place, and have so much to be thankful for in my life, online and off. I count my blessings daily.
Yet part of me feels as restless as ever.
I’m at peace with myself, I sleep soundly, I know I’m doing some good work, and receiving comments on here, by email, Twitter and other channels lets me know I’m on the right track. And I have some incredible people supporting me, online and offline.
But I’m not consistently doing the amazing work I know I can. I’m not positively affecting the thousands of people I want to. I’m not living as freely as I want to be living.
I have all this content, but still feel discontent, and I don’t really know what to do with it or how to best use it.
Another guiding aim of mine is to be the best known and most influential Creativity Coach in the world. Julia Cameron currently has that crown, and there are few artists I come across who haven’t in some way heard of her book The Artist’s Way, Morning Pages or Artist Dates.
I feel it’s within me to reach that kind of level and positive influence, but I’m not sure I know how.
This post wasn’t meant to turn into a self indulgent way to publicly feel sorry for myself, but a way to just say here’s where I’m at, a work in progress, still striving to be more creative myself and more inspiring to others. And to try to figure out (out loud) the next steps.
For A Big Creative Yes, the immediate future is to continue to write and publish, to grow its readership, and build this body of work that’s got me this far.
And to finish the ebook I’m in the midst of – How To Get Focused and Create What Matters – and launch that towards the end of September. Then maybe turn that into focused groups on CCS, and think about the next project.
I hope you stick around to be a part of it, and we both continue to strive for, and reach new creative heights, and continue to (loudly) say Yes to the creativity within us.
Thanks for being here, and for listening so far.