Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Instead of throwing the usual daily tantrum:

Waaaa, I don't wanna do this today! and Work is boring, when do I play?

Now I find myself feeling more excited than frustrated:

Wheeeeeee, I can't wait to start tomorrow, and enthusiasm-related insomnia.

Don't get me wrong, work is still work, but I feel like I stumbled upon something that really helped me design a life that is more fun than it is work. It's a simple exercise, which you can try for yourself after watching the short video below. 

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained for 2017.

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained for 2017.

Being a creative, you probably know about Elle Luna's book.

Briefly, it's about coming up to a crossroads in your life where you have to choose between Should and Must, meaning the way you should live your life and the way you are called to live your life. And if you're a rebel, must will always prevail.

My 2016 was all about eliminating Should and free up space for Must.

After reading some fellow creative business owner's end of year reports, I know I wasn't alone. Just when you think you're alone in something, others speak up, and then your heart fills with joy because there are people out there who understand you.

Now back to my year...

When the world makes you grey, watch this.

When the world makes you grey, watch this.

You know how sometimes you feel grey?

It's this weird feeling of being empty. Like someone has sucked out your essence and all you have left is this unused potential. I have felt like this many times when I have had to conform to whatever society deemed to be appropriate for my life.

I let society and the world and my family tell me what I had to do for most of my life - go to school, don't be weird, do what they tell you, behave, and the classic - be good.

When I grew up it was more like - find a partner, start a family, have a career.

But you know, the more I lived and looked around me...

Last Xmas, I failed to launch. This time I'm doing things differently.

Last Xmas, I failed to launch. This time I'm doing things differently.

I was visited by the ghost of past launches...

While I don't believe in resolutions so much, I do believe in hindsight.

Everything makes sense when you look back on it, and when you do, you gain the power to change your present, and future. Which is why I'm taking stock right now.

There's a movie called Failure to Launch, and it pretty much sums up last year for me. While I was doing OK for money and had stable clients, I knew nothing about products. And because I've always loved to create things, I decided it was time.

Finally, a sneak peek into the Creative Rebel Academy.

Finally, a sneak peek into the Creative Rebel Academy.

Hey there rebel,

You know that feeling, like two bear cubs are playing ball with your stomach? Like your fingers are boycotting the article you're writing. Like the moment where everyone screams OMEN in a horror movie. (Or maybe it's just Kirk in Gilmore Girls.)

Yeah... I'm feeling all the feels right now.

Truth is, I have never cared about a project so much and a part of me is terrified of admitting it, lest I jinx it, or somehow convince my flimsy brain that it's time to move on to other things. However, I'm a firm believer that we must face our creative demons.

A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A lot of creatives come to me asking how they can make money.

How they can make their business sustainable.

And I look at their brands and see... products, packages, selling.

I ask myself, What would make me buy from this person? The answer? Nothing.

If you want people to buy from you, you need them to discover you.

For example, I find people from social media, but I don't really care about the screaming messages where they announce it's the LAST DAY to buy...

A few conventions I will never understand.

A few conventions I will never understand.

Can we get real and awkward for a second?

OK, so... when you're a rebel, you're bound to bump into things you really don't like. And it's bound to be most things other people like. Society is so constructed that most people agree on something, but then the outliers hate it. Then comes the awkward moment where you have to tell your "normal friends" they're all crazy. </kiddingsortof>

But if you have ever been looked down on with that look of incredulity when you were just voicing your opinion, I get you. We've gotten that look a lot, haven't we? Whatever, the people who look down on other people won't get you here...

Helpless, but never hopeless. Rebels give the world what it needs.

Helpless, but never hopeless. Rebels give the world what it needs.

There are things that will always threaten humanity as we know it...

Wars.

Pandemics.

Climate change.

Prejudice.

Trump...

And while those things may make us feel helpless, we will never be hopeless because there are people out there who are balancing these things, who spread good and hope and positive change. I call these people rebels. Rebels like me and you.

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

It's official. Technology has taken over the world. We are hooked 24/7.

If you're not tapping away on your laptop - like I'm doing right now - your face is glued to your phone or your smart watch, or you're glaring at a huge screen. Whether that's your home computer or your TV, it doesn't matter. You probably need to see the eye doctor because your eyes are scratchy and leaking, and you don't want to admit it.

What is worse, your mind has become a reflection of what you consume, and what you consume is mindless listicles and how-to advice. No original thought! 

Why do you think coloring is trendy? I mean, why would adults choose to revert back to childhood? And why is everyone obsessed with print books and magazines all of a sudden? Why do modern creatives suddenly need to go on retreats in Nature?

These 5 rebels exchanged their services for things cooler than money.

These 5 rebels exchanged their services for things cooler than money.

Live and be happy without money?! This is surely the talk of a crazy woman...

Actually, if there was ever a time to invent your own rules and do anything you want with your life, it's TODAY. You can live a life that's free from convention.

Do you want such a life? There are so many examples of this actually working.

Below are some genius projects that involve rebels offering their services in exchange for things much cooler than money. From poets to photographers to startup advisors, anyone can live an alternative life and have an alternative business nowadays, including YOU.