How to do any creative project

1. Decide on what you want to do. Every journey starts with a decision.

Select a creative project that speaks to your heart, something you are genuinely passionate about because your enthusiasm will be your driving force throughout the project.

2. Go after the goal with your full heart and assume that it’s going to work out.

Approach it with unwavering commitment. Embrace the belief that your effort will pay off in the end. This positive mindset is essential, as it fuels your determination and helps you overcome obstacles.

3. When you feel like giving up… keep going.

Creative projects are not always smooth sailing. You may encounter setbacks, self-doubt, or the temptation to quit. When these moments arise, remember your initial enthusiasm and push forward. The most significant breakthroughs happen when you push through fear.

4. Celebrate the journey.

Upon completion, revel in your achievement. Regardless of the outcome, relish the fact that you followed your passion and saw the project through. Creative endeavors are a labor of love, and it’s crucial to detach from any specific outcomes. The journey itself is a reward, a testament to your dedication and creativity.

i made a whole podcast y’all

Here’s a quick recap of what you might have missed in Season 1 of the SoCurious About podcast. 

Episode 1: Here’s how affirmations literally changed my life

Episode 2: Here’s How I Created an Affirmation Card Deck from Scratch: My Step-by-Step Process 

Episode 3: 10 Thoughts on Life – Inspirational ideas for cultivating sustainable joy

Episode 4: Ask Me Anything 001: How to Find Work and Life Harmony

Episode 5: How to make a quarterly vision board

Episode 6: 9 Thoughts on Building Your Creative Career

Episode 7: Ask Me Anything #002 – What does a creative director actually do?

This was an experiment in testing out a new format of content delivery. If you’re willing, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. You can reply to this email or shoot me a DM on Instagram.  

Season 2 is launching in November. (maybe?)

Recommendations #011

I didn’t really talk about it, but since May 2022, I’ve been in the middle of a health scare. I finally posted about it on social media. (In case you missed it)

I just started reading a lush, regency romance novel with a black lead. Aphrodite Duke by J.J. McAvoy is absolutely for you if you enjoyed Bridgerton. 

Watching this kitten aggressively eat a beet literally was the highlight of my day. #adorable

Me You & God by Jidenna has been on repeat in my house. The album explores intimacy in all its beautiful forms with a funky 70s vibe. 

The album got me thinking more about why so many people are non-monogamous. And this article helped me think about it a little deeper. 

Things to consider before having that difficult conversation

I’ve been thinking a lot about difficult conversations lately.

And how they’re an integral part of our personal and professional lives, even though initiating them can be a daunting task.

But they are necessary because they serve as a bridge to resolution, understanding, and growth.

While they might seem uncomfortable, they prevent the slow build-up of resentment, which can be toxic to relationships.

From personal experience, I’m learning that a little discomfort now is far better than harboring long-term bitterness. But before you dive into a difficult conversation, consider these questions:

1. What do you want them to learn?

Think about the key message you want to convey. Be clear about the information or perspective you want to share.

2. How do you want them to feel?

Consider the emotional aspect of the conversation. Do you want them to feel encouraged, respected, or perhaps challenged in their viewpoint? Understanding the desired emotional outcome can guide your approach.

3. What do you want to happen after the conversation is over?

Envision the aftermath. Do you aim for a resolution, a compromise, or simply a better understanding between parties? Knowing the desired outcome can help you navigate the conversation more effectively.

Don’t shy away from those uncomfortable talks; they might just be the catalyst for positive change.

So I’ve got some big news: Introducing the Reset Workbook

So I’ve got some big news.

After many months of research, writing, illustrating, editing, and waiting, I can officially say: The Reset Workbook is officially available for preorder on Amazon!

This fun guided journal is designed to help you build emotional intelligence, establish new habits and rituals, and set inspired (yet practical) goals to fulfill your dreams.

Click now to preorder.

But there’s more.

I’m excited. I’m proud. I’m nervous. I’m overwhelmed.

But also I need help.

And I’m horrible at asking for help.

If you’d like to support me in the launch of The Reset Workbook, I would be honored for you to sign up the launch squad.

As a squad member, you’ll have a vital role in the book’s success and get some pretty cute perks.

Learn more here.

How to stop comparing yourself to other people

1. Accept where you are in your life right now.

In fact, don’t just accept it. Celebrate it. You made it this far from where you started and that’s incredible.

2. Do a digital detox. 

That constant scrolling might be leading to you thinking that everyone has it more together than you when in reality, you’re just seeing the highlight reels, it’s not the full story.

3. Learn something new that will get you closer to your goals. 

Everything you want to achieve is within your power if you’re willing to commit to your growth. So learn new skills and implement them.

4. Confront that negative voice in your head telling you you’re not enough.

 It is wrong. You are enough. You always were enough. You will always be enough.

5. Let go of the need for material goods to define your happiness.

 It’s awesome to feel comfortable enough to buy the things you want. But possessions are not a substitute for meaningful self love. In fact, it can often be a distraction. 

an update from justin on the future of SoCurious

I feel like I’m entering a new season of creative evolution. And with that change, I want to continue to grow and evolve this newsletter and the SoCurious brand. 

A few things to expect: 

  • Before the end of the year, I want to take the first steps to transition SoCurious from an inspirational platform to being a short-form education platform. For me, this means teaching bite-sized courses on personal development, creativity, and launching a side hustle. But I’d also like to go deep on the bigger philosophical questions of meaning, purpose, and belonging. 
  • In conjunction with that, later this year, I plan to release a new self-paced course that expands on the content of the Reset Workbook
  • And finally, this month, I will release new art prints and cards in the online shop

While it’s still early days on the expansion, YOU are a meaningful part of this community and I want you to be the first to know about the small and big changes I’m aiming for over the coming months. 

To help with that transition, I’ve got a question: what’s one course you’d like me to teach? (It can literally be anything)

Link Love #011

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher captures tears of grief, joy, laughter and irritation in extreme detail

I’m obsessed with this TikTokers personal style. Think bold colors and interesting silhouettes. 

I just finished Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, while also being painfully awkward. This debut novel is about a woman’s search for meaning after an unexpected breakup. #relatable

I did not go see Beyonce’s Renaissance tour. But I recently rewatched what I like to call: Beyonce giving the best powerpoint presentation of all time. Skip to the 3:00 minute mark. 

I made a video about all of the resets I’ve had in my life and my framework for reseting your life in 7 not-so-easy steps