Go and Do

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You will never create what you want if you never actually create.

There are times we all get frustrated and wish we would have done that or would have thought of that. The truth is all it takes to create what you want is simply to begin. The more you create, the more you do, and the more you push yourself the better your work will be. The creative journey is not easy. It is extremely introspective and all consuming. You will have to give up things in order to grow yourself and to achieve the things you want, but the end result is one of the most rewarding things you will experience in life. It will make up for all the nights you said no to drinks with friends, all the times you turned off the tv and missed a new episode of Game of Thrones, or even those moments you spent alone all weekend just to focus on creating. Mike and I could give you the list of things we have said no to in our social lives to grow what we wanted and to build the business we dream about day and night.

This last weekend was another example of just that. Mike and I had a huge task of finishing up our new portfolio for Wild Measure. Anyone who has built a custom site for themselves as a designer knows the task that is at hand. We have dreamed about it and built it up in our minds as a very pivotal thing in our careers, but no matter the planning we do the most important thing we could possibly do is to do it. It is hard to stay focused when all we wanted to do was spend the evening downtown with friends, having beers, and enjoying Summer, but sometimes when you really want something you have to make the choice to make it number 1.

So as you go in to this week think about those things you have been dreaming, the work you have wanted to create, and the great things you always think about doing some day. Choose to make time to do them and make them a priority. What you choose to do with your life now is important to determining where life will take you in the future.

Before I leave you all for the day, I did want to share just a few things that have been inspiring as of late…Enjoy:

This tiny desk concert on NPR with The National.
– We were on the App Store FB page for the promotion of Over during the celebration of the 5 years of the App Store. Check it out!
This story had me in tears at my desk. Such a beautiful and inspiring perspective of having little ones and how they will enrich your life. It blew me away.
– The power of community described here is so beautiful and well said.
– Kathleen always inspires me, but this post really was awesome. May have to give a look in to our own daily grind.
– So excited and proud of my blog friend, Sarah Sherman Samuel. This girl has style and now has a shop that is gorgeous. Love seeing people chase what they love like this.

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12 Responses

  1. I know I’m commenting on this so far after this post was published that it’s actually quite hilarious, but I stumbled upon this page and wanted to comment on how much these words meant to me today. “You will never create what you want if you never actually create.”


    Thank you!

  2. When I read this post it resonated with me so much I pinned it so I could have it on hand. I just read it again for the second time…. I’m at my desk this weekend under a mountain of things to do for work and my blog, and needed the boost of motivation. Thanks guys, really well written and you are so inspiring.

  3. To elaborate on my comment, the first draft will likely NOT be what you envision as the final product. But as Megan says, do it anyway! Once the first draft of anything is completed, the next steps are editing, editing, and editing. Soon enough you won’t even recognize the final version when compared to your first version … in the best way possible πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been reading a lot of posts like this one from different bloggers lately, and they are all great and very much needed! Your blog and businesses are always an inspiration to me. And I love Kathleen’s blog too! I subscribed to her Braid E- newsletter and was very inspired by an email she sent, titled “Less Thinking, More Doing”. I’m wondering if you might have read it!

    1. Kathleen and I are are buddies πŸ™‚ So yeah i did. We have crashed together on many occasions and we she truly has inspired us in many ways. I recommend her to almost anyone starting a business. She has the right energy and realness to get anyone’s butt in gear to make things happen.

  5. Go and do … so simple and so hard sometimes … thank you for the reminder! I am looking at some new opportunities at my day job and trying to balance that with my own personal work … somehow I think pushing myself at work-work is going to help me learn how to push myself at my personal work, if that makes sense. Anyway, thanks for the reminder today πŸ™‚

  6. This post has come at the perfect time. On the back of a day I just let mself go and make something for myself (not for profit, blogging, or gifting). Thank you for affirming my choice to create.

    x Elena

  7. Hej you guys are so awesome. I have been coming to your site for ideas now for the past few months and I am in so inspired by all that you do. keep up the great work.

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