The new year is sneaking up on us. I have so many super exciting projects planned already and I feel pumped to get started! I´m a huge fan of planning ahead, to make sure I make the best of my valuable time.
I´m sure you also have great plans for the new year to come, and I wish you the most powerful + incredible year ahead!
Today I´m sharing a few of my favorite tips on how to improve your creative life in the new year. Are you ready? Here we go…
7 Things To Do In 2017 To Improve Your Creative Life
1. Slow down and invite calmness into your life
The first step in slowing down and making more stress free time for yourself is to start saying NO. Say no to all unwanted stuff. Stop pleasing everybody but yourself and practice to say the word “no” out loud.
Yes, there´s a risk of becoming unpopular, and disappointing people – but remember that this is your life and if you wish to be happy, you must not live it on other people’s terms. Follow your own agenda in a calm rhythm with plenty of room to relax and do what you love. Say no to a hectic lifestyle.
2. Detox your diet, your life, and your workspace
Take a quick, intuitive look at your life and decide what “toxic” to get rid off. Do you need to change something in your diet? Perhaps drink water instead of diet coke? Perhaps less junk food and more clean + fresh food? And how about your living space and your workspace.
Clean out your closet, your kitchen cabinets, and your bathroom drawers. Out with old papers, things never used and everything that is clutter to your eyes and mind. You need a free, clean space to work and think creatively in.
It´s a hassle to get it done – but so incredibly energizing when done. The best way to start a new year! And remember it´s not about perfection, it´s about reducing clutter to release energy.
3. Learn and practice a new creative skill, style or tool
If you want to be good at something you must practice. If you wish to be the best you must practice a whole lot. You can´t become a great photographer by spending time on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook looking at other people’s photos.
You must set time aside to explore, investigate and experiment to learn something new. As a photographer there´s so much to learn, so many skills to master – it can be overwhelming and frustrating at times.
To help yourself succeed, plan to learn a few new skills this year – but never try to do it all at once. One step at a time is the best way to go. And don´t put pressure on yourself to perform in any specific way, or imitate someone else work – just play and have fun and see how much better you will become.
4. Distance yourself from or let go of negative people in your life
Consider if it´s time to end a relationship or a friendship that drain you more than it energizes you. Rule number one in life is NEVER to let another person put you down. You are so precious and you deserve compassion and love.
The people you surround yourself with will influence you tremendously. You are more or less the sum of the five people you interact with the most. Therefore, if you surround yourself with negative, nagging and judgemental people, you might end up feeling awful and unhappy.
Surround yourself with positive – amazing people who will support you, cheer on you and lift your spirit up. If you have successful, creative and joyful people around you, chances are you will be inspired, feel free and alive.
5. Re-consider your brand and your work-style
Are you SUPER proud of your work and your brand? Are you jumping with excitement to tell people about your work and show your website, photos and creative projects to the world? Or are your site always a work in progress, and has your blog been silent for months? DO something about it.
Prioritize how you visually present your work and your brand. It must be 100% YOU. Make it personal. Show the world who you are. Be proud of your work and most of all be proud of the way you work.
Take good care of your clients, be a helpful networker and ask for what you are worth. Don´t work too much, but work efficiently and with focus when you work.
6. Connect with your body and your soul
This tip goes hand in hand with tip no. 1. It´s all about the art of slowing down and making time to re-connect with yourself. Think of your soul as a small child that needs time to play, relax, laugh, touch, hug, feel, create and explore.
It´s your job to nurture your soul and fulfill it´s needs. No one else can do it for you! A stressful life in the fast lane often makes for a sad and lonely soul.
Slow down your tempo and make time to breathe, walk barefoot, listen to the silence, take a long warm bath/shower, get a massage, meditate, sleep more, write your thoughts down in a journal and so on. A happy soul ensures a clear and focused mind.
7. Accept and love yourself – let go of anger, worry and resentment
Last but not least; forgive yourself for everything and anything! You can´t change your past, and if you keep looking at the past, and regretting things you´ve done or not done – you will reduce your chances of happiness TODAY.
Feelings of anger, resentment and worries will always steal your ability to stay focused and be present in the now. If you hold on to negative emotions and thoughts, you will only harm yourself, and slow down your chances of inner peace and joy.
Let go! Your well-being is too important for you to hold on to any form of negativity – imagine how much better you´ll feel without it. Let go darling.
Much Love and all the best wishes for the new year!