Alt Chat: Creating Work You Love

By: Eden Hensley; Photos by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

Everywhere where you turn an article or a person is giving you another “should.” You should post consistently. You should promote yourself on social media. You should [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE BEST PRACTICE HERE].

I don’t know about you, but sometimes all these shoulds paralyze me. I’ll have beautifully crafted prose, but I won't have an image that will shine on Pinterest. So the project runs the risk of waiting in limbo because I don't want to waste it. Then I have to stop and ask myself, do I love what I created? Was it my best effort? If I can answer yes to both those questions, I stop beating myself up with those shoulds and publish. And often, the results surprise me.

Let’s Chat

Join the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) May 20th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about how you define success, what do you consider when choosing which projects you’ll work on and which ones you’ll pass on, what tips you have for avoiding becoming overwhelmed, and more.

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Visit this previous post for a few pointers on how to join a Twitter Chat.

Go Deeper: More Resources

Have you forgotten why you started creating? Or do you have so many ideas you’re feeling overwhelmed? These eight tips can help you get back on track and have you hitting publish once again.

  1. Six Steps for Staying Passionate about Your Blog
  2. Recognizing Money Isn’t Everything
  3. Finding Balance
  4. Discovering Your Work Routine
  5. Balancing the Workload
  6. Realizing You Can’t Do It All
  7. Avoiding Creative Burnout
  8. Tackling Big Projects

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.