• Post Title Path of a Creative

    POSTED ON November 29, 2012

    Path of a Creative

    In one of my classes this week we had a long discussion about vulnerability. Most of us really associated a “negative” stigma with this word. How about you? For me, it used to mean weakness. It meant letting your guard down and showing people something that you vowed to never show anyone. I’ve noticed a shift in that mentality as I pursue different dreams and goals in the creative field. I’ve noticed how incredibly powerful it feels to share your vision and with that there is always vulnerability. You have to put yourself out there, that’s just part of the rules of this game. It’s crushing to create something you feel good about and watch those feelings wither away with snide remarks or critisisms. It’s hard. EVERYONE has an opinion. EV-REEE-ONE. Think about your own life and all of the things in it. You have an opinion about them, right? It’s the natural way of life. I firmly believe this holds so many of us back from pursuing our dreams and putting ourselves out there into the creative world. I know it’s stopped me far too many times. Once you remember that the gratification is simply in the doing and creating and not in the acceptance and understanding of others, that’s the money spot. On the #comeup.

    I’d love to hear about your experience with this, share away!

    Image, quote mine

    Path of a Creative
    POSTED IN Design, On My Mind, Style

10 Responses so far.

  1. Kristiina says:

    I agree. It’s kind of counter-intuitive though because you have to be brave to truly be vulnerable.

    Vulnerability is so important, not just in creative work but also in relationships. I find that when I approach conflict with others from a place of openness, kindness and vulnerability, I get much further than I would if I were defensive.

    Great post!

    • shaunna says:

      Loved our talk so much this weekend – really helped me remember my own words “vulnerability” even if it doesn’t relate to being creative. Love you! xx

  2. Sandra says:

    Timely post and thoughts for me! I’m venturing into a new, well, “venture” that I’ve dreamed about for a long time. And it DOES feel vulnerable to describe my vision. And I hope everyone gets it, and all that. But it’s true, like you said, that it’s all about the execution, not the approval or acceptance of everyone else…

    • shaunna says:

      Sandra, I’m so excited for you! I just love reading your blog and following along with your life, I’m really excited to hear you are starting a new venture. I hope you’ll share with us when you’re ready. I know exactly what you mean by worrying that people with “get it.” I’ve actually found that this feeling has REALLY limited me, almost completely changing my vision into something more “safe” or “literal.” Just remember, if you get it…others will follow in their own time.

  3. Lisa says:

    Shaunna, I loved reading your thoughts on this and I agree whole heartedly! This year has been huge for me in the vulnerability department. Even though I’ve believed most of my life that I’m not at all artistic, I finally pursued my dream of studying graphic design. At the beginning of the semester I was so concerned about others seeing and judging my work (especially the drawings, oh my!). In fact I avoided working in public places, because I was afraid someone might look over my shoulder. Over the last months I’ve already noticed a shift – and yesterday, I sat there all in the open working on my drawing class assignment. I’m thinking less about the opinions of others and am far more involved in the process of creating. It feels liberating! Your blog is beautiful!!

    • shaunna says:

      Thank you for the sweet comment Lisa. I cannot believe I hadn’t visited your blog before, I just love it. It sounds like we are on very similar journeys, looking forward to watching you grow. Thanks for reading!!

  4. Cassie says:

    I have finally come to associate that word with positivity and progress just within the last couple of years. That post of mine you just commented on? (You flatter me, by the way – thank you! [And yes, we did just become best friends. Ending multiple parenthetical thoughts now.]) That post was the perfect example of my being vulnerable on my blog and having it pay off in terms of how many people could relate to it. It’s funny: once you open up and reveal all your shortcomings, you get lots of people responding and doing the same. We’re all human, so we might as well be vulnerable together.

    • shaunna says:

      oh hey bff. it’s really incredible how that happens. I’ve found that over here on my little blog too – something about being real that just clicks with people. Plus you learn about others which helps you learn even more about yourself. It’s just a freakin’ amazing circle up in here. Thanks for popping over! xx

  5. Erin says:

    Damn girrrl, your posts are always so spot on for me! It’s like you’re reading my mind – get outta there! :) I definitely feel scared putting myself and zee blog out there… but I can’t even imagine NOT doing it, ya know? So I say whatevs to the fear because I have to try… great post, lady. Heart youuuu! xo

    • shaunna says:

      ERIN! I know, I feel the same way when I read your fabulous posts. Honestly, who the hell are you and why do you have so many similar thoughts!? JK. I love that about you. Thats why almost every post I want to comment, but I AM NOT TRYING TO BE A STALKER, ya know? Haha :) I am sending you a long overdue email soon, promise! xx