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Reach out at CREATIVISTACOACHING and dive into a partnership with RJ for a season focused on developing your personal creative habits for a more fruitful and fulfilling future. Family? Day Job? Seasoned Artist? Let's unpack what works for you without abandoning reality!

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More than ever our words matter. With our kids, culture and even ourselves. Listen in as we read through Lexicon of Awesome! Observe, reflect, and discern the weight of the words you use externally with others and internally with yourself.

  • R.J Dyson

If you've built a team or a base of partners, employees or members for the journey or the project... well, you've got to choose to trust them in context for the mission at hand.


If you've joined a team, a band or a project... you've got to choose to trust the leaders and the members you chose to partner with.


Otherwise, what's the point of building and joining?


Discern healthy boundaries of course. Get clarity on parameters, values and mission for sure. But if you're going to be a part of something bigger than you... then go be a part of something bigger than you.

  • R.J Dyson

What if you adopted the mantra, "I'll sleep when I die!" for the next six months with a focus on your project at hand?


Or how about the classic, "Carpe Diem," for the next three months until that deadline?


I'm not talking about killing your body or pushing your mind, heart or soul to an unhealthy breaking point. But instead taking one season of life - with parameters that keep your spouse, family and general responsibilities intact - and giving yourself over to that singular focus in place of movies, gaming, alternate hobbies, side-gigs, distractions, YouTube, TikTok...


What could you accomplish? What sort of joy might you find? What would you learn?


Take a sabbath, for sure.


But, if not now, when?

  • R.J Dyson

"Give yourself permission to write a crummy first draft."


Sometime in 2020 I copied and pasted that quote into a document on the creative habits of author Brad Thor. To be honest, I don't know where I pulled it from (I didn't copy the source) or if it's actually attributed to him in the first place!


That said, it's something I've heard artists of all stripes say in as many different ways.


And it's true.


It's a demo.


It's a first take with the camera's rolling.


It's a sketch.


And if you let it, it'll free you up to keep the momentum going long enough in the flow to release the idea - the sound, the words, the shapes, the image, the scene, the breakthrough design - whatever it is, it's a draft of the better version yet to come, but only if you let yourself push through the "crummy" draft taking shape right before your eyes.


I read my first Brad Thor novel recently. A year or more after jotting down the "crummy" quote above. I'm thankful for first drafts.

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