I recently had someone who was a couple years into his career ask me a question we all ponder at one point or another during our careers. He wanted to know how he could get to the next level. I most likely gave a roundabout answer that listed a ton of ambiguous tiny actions, but I remember opening with and underscoring this internet-famous quote from Conan.
It’s common sense advice, but sometimes it’s the reminder that we all need. I think about the people I enjoy working with/for most. They are all kind. And they all work their asses off for the better of the team.
So, while I know it’s the weekend and we don’t want to think of work, here are a few articles I came across this week that I thought were worth sharing.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know I go by “@CopyKelly.” The reason? After originally signing up with a firstname-lastname username, I realized I should have something more durable, in case I get married and want to change my name. Since I’m a copywriter, and I totally l-o-v-e, love alliteration, I went with “CopyKelly.” Now, as a writer, it should come as no surprise that I also love words. So, lovely readers of my words, here are a few of my favorite reads about words that I came across this week.
I can really relate to Miles on this one. (yes, first name basis, what of it?) Every morning I find myself thinking about my creative endeavors — about a project for work or a dance routine or some passion project I’ve got in the back of my head. It’s just part of who I am. Being that, I’m always looking for little ways to be more creative, or wrangle my all too jumbled creative thoughts. Here’s a few creative reads that caught my eye this week.
“Time moves in one direction only,” she continued, “and that would be forward. To go back is very uncomfortable for me. Memory begins to enter the picture. It screws up my clock.” – Twyla Tharp Twyla Tharp’s 50 years of forward movement via New York Times
“Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation.” (How and why) Creative people say “no.” via Medium
I recently attended a Boston Bloggers event that was all about authenticity and creativity and the holidays and so much more. It left me thinking about how I define and refine my own creativity. Sometimes it’s in the form of a scarf (above). Other times it’s in what I’m writing. No matter what it is, I think it’s important to define or break habits that help build or destroy creativity. Here’s some links to back up what I’m feeling this week.
Happy Halloween you guys. I’m making it a Halloween that’s all about treats. No tricks. And my treat for you this Friday are these four lovely ladies. Four of my “blogging friends” turned real life friends—no quotes needed.
So, here’s a bit about each and a little treat you can expect when you go visit their blogs. Which you should because, Friday.
Alex of Literally Everything has a great take on life, Boston and her cute pup Toby. Check out her post defining family. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. And I love what Alex has to say about it.
Elizabeth Crane Swartz has the perfect free font download (it’s in the sidebar) for all your cozy winter typography needs. Get it for free. It’s no trick. See, all treats today. (Bonus, check out her beautiful necklaces and snag an early Christmas gift.)
Another day, another week, another handful of links for you guys. The weekends here have become pretty lazy as we descend deeper into fall. But after rainy weeks, I’ll take these sunny weekend days so we can get in a few more evenings of grilling out.
I’ve been doing lots of writing over the past week. Lots of writing about things that have happened. Things I’m thinking. Things I’m feeling. Where this blog is going. Where I’m going. Some will be easier to share than others. But for today. As we finally descend into a chilly fall here in Boston, just some links. enjoy.