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How To Stay Motivated As A Creative Entrepreneur

How To Stay Motivated As A Creative Entrepreneur


As an artist and an entrepreneur, it can be difficult at times to stay motivated and keep pushing yourself forward.


After all, you have no one to tell you what to do or when to do it, no one to answer to if you decide to slack off, and no one to bounce new ideas off or to offer you advice if you hit a mental or creative wall.

Over the years I’ve discovered a few key things that help me stay motivated, grounded and on track.

1. Networking

I recently joined the Athena Network in London, which is an organisation that connects female executives and entrepreneurs over networking lunches. This is a great way to connect with other women doing interesting things and learn some tips and tricks from other business professionals.

I’m also a member of the American Women of Surrey (AWS), another great support network of women. This year I took part in their Christmas Gift Fayre along with other artists, crafts people, importers and artisan food producers.

2. Headspace App

Studies show that meditation can relieve stress, improve happiness and even help us to eat better, sleep better and get more exercise. The only thing is it can be hard to find the time to meditate and even harder to stay focused when you do find the time to practice.

I recently did a trial with the Headspace app and loved it so much that I purchased the full version. They offer easy 10-minute meditation and mindfulness sessions that you can do pretty much anywhere, and they even have special sessions for things like creativity, motivation, and balance.

3. Self Development Group

No matter how busy I get with work, family obligations, and other aspects of day-to-day life, I still make an effort to do things just for myself, particularly things that allow me to tap into my creative side.

For example, once every two weeks I go to a guided meditation group, which helps me to hone my focus and better channel my ideas.

I have also been fortunate to meet a few gifted Seers with exceptional gifts of psychic awareness, and they have helped me to further expand my mind and focus on working towards my creative vision.

4. Yoga

What’s not to love about yoga? It helps to stretch, lengthen and tone your muscles, gets your breath and blood flowing and pushes you to challenge the limits of your own body.

Since I’ve moved back to the UK, I’ve re-joined a Kundalini yoga class and am absolutely loving it. This form of Yoga aims to awaken the spiritual energy or life force in the body, and it is also supposed to be beneficial for raising awareness of how to achieve your creative potential.

5. General Exercise

I think we all know that exercise is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life, we should all probably be doing a whole lot more of it than we actually do.

With that in mind, I’ve started to go for walks on a regular basis. I’m fortunate to live in leafy Surrey Hills, which is a beautiful part of the UK, so there is no excuse not to get out there and enjoy this lovely area.

Even if it’s just a walk to the Post Office or a few strolls around the block, I find that this bit of daily exercise helps me to relax and clear my mind.

 

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Clare Haxby

British artist, Clare, lived in Singapore between 2007 and 2015, and travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia during this time, gaining invaluable inspiration for new work. Clare began working on a larger scale of paintings on canvas and launched her highly celebrated 'Singapore Landmarks Collection' at The Fullerton Hotel in a solo show in 2013. This large collection of paintings explores the heritage and modern architecture of Singapore, captured in her colourful, contemporary style. Alongside Clare's original paintings, the demand for the artist’s unique images on a smaller scale and affordable price point led to the creation of Clare's 'Limited Edition Print Collection'. These prints have been a huge success as an affordable art gift for expats and the local community alike.

The French Embassy in Singapore collects Clare’s work,as does the consulate in Dubai and her prints and paintings now hang in homes all over the world from Costa Rica, to New Zealand, to London. Clare has been described as an 'art ambassador of Singapore' by the consul of the Singapore Consulate in New York. In 2016, Clare relocated her working studio to England and her art collaborations continue with many projects and regular clients in Singapore. Clare is currently working on her new Collection of London Landmarks' starting with the Liberty building. Clare works on private commissions for paintings and exhibits worldwide, most recently in Venice, Columbia, New York and London

Studio visits welcome - Clare is based in Surrey, England

This post was first published on Clare Haxby and has been reposted on Connected Women with the permission of the author
Edited by: Amber Valencia, Image credit: Rosie Kerr on Unsplash, References: The Athena NetworkAmerican Women of Surrey

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