+ Need to make a graphic for a social media site (like a Facebook banner)? Canva is the place to do it.
+ Completely fascinating for bloggers, designers, and, well, everyone. The Absolute Essentials of Color Psychology. (My blog is definitely a spring, but my personal style is much more winter.)
+ I printed this to hang above me desk. AMEN.
+ My absolute favorite new Tumblr. If you have kids (or are even thinking of having kids) you need to check this out.
+ Looooove Seth Rogen's take on marriage. I consider myself lucky that this is how Nate and I feel too.
+ Bianca's Dear So-and-So letters are adorable.
+ You guys. I signed up for this DietBet! Join me?
+ I've been working away at some small-but-big changes on the blog. If you're viewing this in a reader, hop on over to lesleymyrick.com and check out the updated header and navbar, as well as totally revamped About and Hire Me! pages. I'm really excited about the work I've been doing to develop my brand and business, and I hope that these little changes communicate exactly what it is I do, and what I can do for you. Feedback welcome!
+ Also...pssst...I'm about to give away something HUGE to 3 readers. This giveaway will only be open to subscribers, so if you haven't joined my email list yet, do it now! Visit the site and enter your email address at the top of the page.
As always, find more lovely web links here.
Image: photo of my workspace by Erica Marr Films
If you've been a reader of Lesley Myrick Art + Design for a while (hi there, thank you!) then you'll know that perfectionism is something that I struggle with. I've written about it here, here, here, here, and here. Oh, and also here. I've always equated what I do with who I am, with my value. And that's a dangerous thing to do. My fear of failure has often prevented me from even starting creative projects because I feel so overwhelmed by not having the solution already figured out, and also by the possibility that I might not be successful.
Intellectually, I know that failure is not the worst thing that can happen - although sometimes it sure feels like it. And spiritually, I know that my worth is in Christ and that He has great plans for me. But I've never been able to shift my mindset and truly believe these things.
So imagine my surprise when I came across a quote a couple of weeks ago on Creative Something that really, truly, stopped me in my tracks:
“When something you make doesn’t work, it didn’t work, not you. You, you work. You keep trying.” – Zach Klein
I've been on a quest lately to overcome perfectionism. Reading Brene Brown (love her!). Soaking in the wisdom of bloggers and creatives. Getting outside and just starting art projects (that's always the hardest part for me). And between all of these outlets and internalizing the quote above, I finally feel a shift.
It feels. So. Good.
Gonna go kick some ass now. And I hope you do the same. Because you, you work.
Have a wonderful week!
+ The 10 essential items in a creative freelancer's bag.
+ You waste time at work. Seriously. (Me too.)
+ You've heard the term "think outside the box" - here's how to actually do it. (Read the question at the top of the post. It totally stumped me, and then I felt so silly when they explained the answer!)
+ There's something better than coffee or naps for alertness - COFFEE NAPS.
+ "Learning how to start something creative is more important than learning how to perfect it". BOOM.
+ How jealousy can be a teacher.
+ Jessica Hische's Ultra-Schedule. I love peeking at how other creatives schedule their time.
+ This post by Erin Loechner is just so...real. Love her. (I left a looong comment on her post with a little bit of my story, if you're interested.)
+ Beautiful (and painful) thoughts on being a Christian from my husband Nate.
+ I'm thinking of joining this Dietbet - but I'm intimidated! Think I can lose 4% of my weight in 30 days?
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Image: Free People
Creativity takes courage - isn't it so true? Creating art and putting yourself out there takes such strength and vulnerability. The deepest tender bits from your insides are out on display for the world to see, to judge, to critique, to praise. I'm slowly learning to separate my work from my worth. Even if my art doesn't work, I still work. I'm not a failure.
You hear that? Even if something you do doesn't work, you still work.
If you need some courage too, you can find prints of the collage above in my Etsy shop. (And psst...if you sign up for my mailing list at the top of the page, you'll get a $5 coupon towards anything in the shop.)