I am one of those people that gets a ton of ideas. I can brainstorm like its my job. BUT, I’m also super organized. A list-maker, OCD, highly subjective thinker. I often am quick to process, slow to patience, and this combined with my right-brained creativity can cause issues for me.
Ideas are quickly implemented. Commitments are made rashly. And I put my 100% effort into things that I haven’t 100% thought through. I come up with something that everyone will love and it will take off like wildfire! Only to find that it didn’t work as well and not many people like it.
This has made me really second guess everything I do in the past few months. A downfall of my left-brain tendencies. I overthink. And because my brain is fast and furious in processing, it tends to be more like a runaway freight train rather than deep consideration. So launching businesses and ideas here and there hasn’t been good for me. Its actually been more of an ego blow than anything. Not every idea takes off. And it takes work to create a product people love.
I have really been thinking about what I love to do. I am in school right now and have my little family. So those are first priority. But after that, I tend to get a little fidgety when I don’t have an outlet. This blog is one aspect, but I also love design. I’ve said it many times before. About a month ago, I designed wedding invites for a school friend. They turned out amazing and I LOVED the process! It was so fun! I am working on a little line of Valentine’s Day postcards right now for our family too. But in the interest of streamlining my life to find joy, I have an announcement.
I am discontinuing my blog and web design services.
I may occasionally work with people here and there, but that’s like one or two people a year. ErinLaurayCreative.com and ErinLaurayStudio.com websites will no longer be. And the other 10 domains I own for ideas that I’ve contrived I will also be letting expire. HappyPaperCo.com will be on that expire list too.
Its kind of like when you’re cleaning out your closet and you get rid of a shirt you like simply because you don’t wear it anymore. My general rule when getting rid of clothes is that if I haven’t worn it in a year [sometimes even much less], I give it to one of my sisters or get rid of it. Even if I like it, I will purge it. Its not worth it to me to hang onto things when I know in the end I won’t end up using them anyway. I can’t let a pretty shirt I don’t wear [or a grand idea I never followed] clog up my life just because it is pretty.
So I will own two domains by the end of the year after everything else expires: erinlauray.com and another one :)
I will be slowly moving forward in making more paper products and cell phone cases and these will fall under the above un-named domain. :) But in the interest of clearing out my life so that I can move, breathe, and function, I have to let go. I have to grab onto the things that bring me joy and let go of the ones that stress me out. Stress is a natural emotion and it is normal to feel this way, but when everything is a big jumbled pile of stress, something has to give.
SO…friend, will you come on this streamlining journey with me? Will you de-clutter your life to make room to breathe? Cheers to a fresh and clean 2014 [hey, that rhymed] and more of what brings joy. xo