Several years ago, inspired by Susannah Conway I gave up on the concept of New Year’s resolutions, instead adopting a single word that would serve as my theme for the year.
In 2014 my word was shine. Among other things, this word inspired me to start this blog, giving me a little corner of the Internet where I could help the creative community understand that the law doesn’t have to be scary. It prompted me to apply for a seat in the CreativeLive audience for April Bowles-Olin’s course this fall. And to start seeking #100rejection letters with an amazing group of women.
As I contemplated my 2015 word, I knew that I wanted it to be something that helped me grow both personally and in my business.
Recently I’ve been missing a sense of community, both online and in real life. In April, I launched this blog and have been struggling to accept social media as a daily part of my life. Putting parts of me out to the Internets is a battle for me. As a result I sometimes worry that I’m talking at people, rather than having a conversation and building relationships.
On the real life side, I moved at the end of 2013 and while my old house and new house are only about 10 miles apart, I am still struggling to establish the same comfort and sense of community I had in my old neighborhood. I also am struggling to feel a sense of home in my new house. All my belongings are there but it hasn’t turned into that safe haven and cozy spot that I like my home to embody.
I’ve also been feeling like my creative endeavors are out of synch. My ‘real’ camera gathers dust and I haven’t worked on a photography project in ages. It seems like the only images I take these days are with my phone, which don’t get me wrong is great, but the iPhone does have its limitations.
While working this out in my journal I kept coming back to a single word, so I looked it up in the dictionary and knew I’d found my 2015 theme.
Cultivate: to foster the growth of; to improve by labor, care, or study; to further, encourage; to seek the society of, make friends with.
I created this blog to cultivate a place where creatives could learn that the law doesn’t have to be scary.
To give you a place to turn to when you are struggling with a legal issue, knowing that the information you get is what the law is tempered by the reality of running a creative business.
To give us all a place to talk about real legal issues facing creative businesses; things like copycats, how not to get in hot water when you hire your first employee, and not getting screwed over by a contract.
I’m going to work this year to cultivate this place and this community. I’m hoping that you’ll join me, that you will share with me the legal issues your creative business is facing and that you’ll be open and transparent with the rest of the community about what these issues are (because many of you are facing the same problems).
In the comments below I’d love to hear what you want from me, what kind of community you want this to be, or what kinds of content you think I should cover. And if you also have a 2015 word, I’d love to hear it.