Seeking Sundays: On Starting Over, and Starting Now

On Sundays I seek out strength for the week ahead through personal development resources and share my favorite findings with you.

I always try to make my Sundays tranquil and fulfilling so I can set myself up well for the week ahead.

Something about Sunday is so wholesome and intentional…

Or maybe it’s the “Self-Care Sunday” trend that’s caught on as feverishly as sicknesses do during flu season, I dunno.

Regardless, I’ve caught the bug and I’m not looking to medicate it.

Not when it’s been so helpful with the start of my weeks; it’s actually been quite medicinal for an otherwise mundane life.

And a few weeks ago–after watching Amy’s video that sparked this series–wasn’t any exception.

Aside from last week’s post, I’ve been MIA on the blog for months… MONTHS! I just needed some space.

I stayed off social media for the most part… drew a lot, read a lot, and stayed to myself.

There were so many ideas I had for the blog that I felt I couldn’t execute! I started losing inspiration to write period and just… felt empty.

Cue more audiobooks, podcasts, and my favorite self-reflective and personal development YouTubers.

And more recently I learned through a few sources that you just have to START. One of the resources being Amy Vagabond’s video from her The AM with Amy series:

As a creative, you could hold the key to helping so many people with your art medium(s), whether it’s writing, digital art, or web design… We have to honestly work with what we have.

And Amy emphasizes how important it is to just put in the work and get it out there!

Waiting for everything to be “perfect” is just an excuse.

So maybe I should practice what I preach and do what I can with what I have. I try to add all these bells and whistles to concepts when in actuality I just need to get the concepts out there. I can update anything I put out into the world later.

But I need to get it out, that’s the most important step.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Amy’s video:

The Best Quotes from Amy’s Video

  • “It’s not about perfection, it’s about showing up.”
  • “I’m striving for production, not perfection.” (Paraphrasing, but gooood!)
  • “As a creative and as a person in general, the worst thing you can do other than produce bad work is to produce no work at all.”

“Whether or not you have stinky hair or haven’t brushed your teeth, you are
at least showing up to the meeting on time! Because if you’re late to that meeting, nobody cares how PERFECT your hair is, how PERFECT your outfit is, how PERFECT your nails look… nobody cares! I only care about the work that’s being produced, the product that’s is in front of me, the thing that’s being made… I don’t care how many hours were put into it as long as the job got done.”

Additional Tools That’ll Help You Start NOW

I can’t remember if this was advice in the video, but plan ahead! It’ll eliminate the excuse that you don’t have time to do something, or are too tired for it.

Another resource and tool I found more recently that reiterates “just do it” (with consistency) is Brooke Castillo’s podcast episode on creating a Minimum Baseline. Also, the 5 Second Rule book by Mel Robbins (this is an affiliate link, which means I get a small compensation at no extra cost to you if you support things I already love!) talks about a very simple act that’ll help you just do it!  It’s not magical, it doesn’t guarantee “success” or results, but it helps you–if you do it–to at least start.

Because starting can be the hardest step.

That’s all I have for this week! Did you enjoy the video? What’s your favorite takeaway, and is it inspiring you to start creating? Let’s chat about it in the comments. 🙂

See you soon.

Cierra M

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  • Rochelle

    Something I truly needed to read! Thank you x

    October 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm Reply
    • Cierra M

      I’m so glad this resonated with you, Rochelle!! 🙂 Thank you so much! I appreciate you. <3

      November 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm Reply

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