A journal prompt for creatives: What do you know?

I was looking through one of my journals today where I write to my intuition and/or about my business, and I found a page from a few months ago that said:

“Here is what I know!”

I don’t know if that was a prompt from a book or my creative coach, or just a thought I had on my own (usually I will make a note if it was a prompt from someone else, but this time I didn’t and I honestly don’t remember if I just came up with the idea.)

But I wrote it shortly after I sort of “combined” Hello, I’m Handmade and The Unlimited Creative (my two former blogs / businesses) into what is now Creating Beautifully. I was still not 100% sure where I was going with Creating Beautifully, and so I was journaling a lot in order to hash it all out.

I want to share what I wrote with you because, well, first of all you’ll see how much I want to “help” you, and second you’ll see how big a goof I am! 😋 It’s a little scary to share, and I’m typing it exactly as I wrote it (which means it wasn’t really meant for anyone else to read).

But I’m also sharing it because I know a lot of my readers are also in a place of insecurity, or just not knowing what to do next.

Here goes:

“I know that I want to build a business that truly helps creatives make more money – and more joy – in their lives. I want to be truly helpful and help (how many times can I say “help”? haha!) them fully realize what a creative biz can be for them.

I know that I can do this. And I know it can be reciprocal: I help them, I make money in return.

So the question is…

How can I most help them (and myself) make the most money in the least amount of time and easiest “FLOW”?

(In case you didn’t know, “Flow” is one of my words for 2017.)

Now that it’s three months later, I can say that mindfully working in flow (as much as possible) has led me to create mostly passive income with this business: the majority comes from affiliate marketing (which is why I just wrote this article about it) and ecourses, ebooks, and teaching classes on Skillshare.

Another reason I wanted to share this with you is because I think it’s great exercise – especially if you’re in a period of doubt or uncertainty in your business. If you have a journal, use it as a prompt for today’s entry: What do YOU know?

A journal prompt for creatives: What do you know?

Your answer could be about where you are in your creative business, or what you know about your art-making process. Maybe it’s what you know about being a parent or about how you want to quit your 9-5. What is something, with great confidence, you know to be true about you and/or your creative pursuits?

Once you finish writing down what you know, then write:

“So the question is…”

And write down the first thing that comes to mind.

That’s where you’ll find the answer to what you need to work on next to take your business and life to the next level.

You certainly don’t have to share, but if you do feel like sharing (either the what you know part, and/or the question that comes after it) please do! You can leave it in the comments below…


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  • I know that, I offer photographic imagery that people are interested in and enjoy. I also know that my shop is struggling right now and I’m not sure the best route to take get it back on track.

    So the question is, how do I revitalize my shop without doing a total overhaul and turn those viewers who make it to my shop into sales.