May 2018

The biggest influence on my insights this month was easily Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.  I’m supposed to be reading Brain Rules (and I am) but it’s pretty heady stuff, pun intended.   I got diverted and started re-reading Steal Like An Artist by Kleon which lead me to Show Your Work.  I read both of these books in a matter of days.

You can read my full reviews on the books here, but the combination of the two books helped me to come up with my own social media policy and to try and be creative every day.

For my new Social Media policy, it’s very simple – Share something that is interesting, entertaining, or helpful.  Is a picture of my dog, or food, or something mundane any of those things?  Probably not.  Is the way I plan my workout routines as a Personal Trainer helpful?  Maybe a little more so.

For creativity, the books gave me a spark of motivation to sit down and write.   I started using two simple prompts in my daily journal:

1. What did I make today?
2. What did I learn today?
Each of these prompts forces me to do something creative each day and to try and learn something each day.  This doesn’t have to be something huge, but as I said before, the value of doing a little of something each day acts like compounding interest that can give a larger pay off over time.
Outside of drawing motivation from these books, I also took time to go to a festival and to visit the riverfront park that I hadn’t been to in a long time for a leisurely walk, as opposed to a fast paced run.  Reflecting on this, it made me realize that while I take a lot of comfort in routines, it’s very easy to get stuck in rut.  My new goal is to do go somewhere new-ish or experience something new each month in order to break up the routine just a bit.
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It pretty much rained all month in May…

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