creative hindrances & my first workshop

Ok, so remember when I said that I was going to post every Thursday? What I meant to say was, I'm going to post whenever I want because blogs are way harder to write than I initially thought. I'm honestly still getting the hang of this blog thing, but I read a quote the other day that reminded me WHY I started this - "the key to success is starting before you're ready" - which is exactly what I did with this blog. I wasn't fully prepared to do it, I didn't have each post mapped out, I had a rough, chicken scratch list of post ideas, in no particular order and no real plan of the content each one would include. But I have wanted to start a blog for years, and I knew if I didn't just DO it, it would never happen. I started this business before I even know what the hell it was going to be. I just started painting words on wood and thankfully, I knew long before I even started a business that Old Soul would be incorporated into it somehow, someway. So, basically, I just had a name and I liked handwriting. Old Soul started one random week that I had off from my job at the time, a coffee shop/retail store where I created my beginning from designing the menu boards and random signage throughout the store. I knew I kind of liked doing this, but thought it was just a silly hobby that couldn't ever turn into anything. Until I realized it could. I started to follow modern calligraphers and hand letterers on Instagram, one thing led to the next and I decided I was going to start making fake wedding welcome signs and menu boards. That's literally where I started because I didn't have any really solid skills, I basically just started copying handwriting that I liked and became obsessed with it. I was noticing different types of handwriting all over the place, critiquing it, and admiring it. I have also had a passion for graphic design and for some time had been teaching myself online via Skillshare and Lynda. I started to dream about combining these two skills and just wanted to create anything and everything that I could.

Basically, I am still (about one year later) figuring out exactly what I want my business to be. I am someone who is inspired by just about everything and sometimes I have a hard time focusing on one inspiration. Sometimes I just have to DO and stop thinking. I can talk myself out of just about anything if I try hard enough, and we live in a time where this is probably even easier to do than it ever has been. Instagram is a lovely and horrible place and comparison is definitely the thief of part of my joy. I feel so inspired half the time and the other half of the time I feel like a piece of shit who hasn't accomplished anything.

With all that being said, however, I had a personal & business victory recently and hosted my first creative workshop.

This was something I actually made myself not overthink about and just committed to a day in a month where I was going to teach people how to brush letter. When I committed to this day, I had absolutely nothing prepared. I didn't know what I was going to teach, I didn't know how, I didn't know which supplies I was going to use, I just said "yep, let's do it." Let me just say that my lack of thinking about this particular topic led to potentially one of the best moments in my business thus far. Let's also just quickly tie back into the beginning of this blog post where I state that "the key to success is starting before you're ready" new mantra.

Now, this workshop took a ton of preparation, a ton of forethought, a ton of planning, and it was nowhere near perfect. I was stressed and nervous and [insert every emotion here], but I learned immense amounts during the entire process and I honestly can't wait until my next one. My creative, pinball-esque mind is going crazy with ideas, and I will just go ahead and use this platform to say that if you or someone you know has an awesome venue in the Northwest where I could host a workshop, shoot me a message! Also, I have big ideas for advertising event workshops, such as bachelorette parties, bridal showers, birthday parties, etc. This was such a fun way to get a group of gals together to drink wine, snack, chat, and learn a fun new skill. Obviously I have to post more pictures so here is a little documentation of this beautiful day. And I'm just going to beat the dead horse and say that starting before you're ready is a surefire way to get to something good.

Until next time (8 months from now...jk...maybe)

- hannah

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