3 Habits To Change To Shift From Content Consumer To Content Creator.

There is a massive section on my vision board all about creativity, work, and the direction I want to take my career path. 

I also created a list of my ideal job and the quailites that I want to create in that job. (I mean if you are going to manifest you need to know what you want, right?)

I have noticed that one of the BIGGEST parts of my dream job section is all about me using my creative skills. 

On my vision board there is a HUGE section on writing — a lot of focus on writing a book and writing a cookbook and being a blogger, vlogger anything ogger. There is many mentions of content creation and doing something social media like.

Again — using video editing skills and filming and photography and all that stuff. 

I clearly have a vision for where I want to create for myself for a job.

Right now though, I am a content consumer. I watch hours of content everyday. I am watching on Tiktok and on Youtube and on Instagram. I scroll through the twitter. I read on Medium.

I think that this consumption of media makes this type of work look easy.

I also think it is making me feel bad about myself. (Seriously,  light bulb moment while I am writing this.)

To mitigate this I have implemented these 3 strategies to help me move to the sphere of creation instead of consumption:

  • Create first. You need to focus on writing or filming or take photos first. You need to work on the draft, work on the edits or publish the post OR brainstorm ideas and collect your thoughts before wasting hours consuming other peoples thoughts. I keep a tab in my ‘notes’ app just to keep running ideas of things I could be creative around. Focusing on creating first and consuming second is a HUGE shift in how I have been spending my time. But, my work first. 
  • When I consume other peoples content. I like, comment and often subscribe. I want to put out into the universe that I am invested in the creative community. Be it Youtube or Tiktok or Medium or even on my blog — if I read it I have a reaction to it. Shifting to a creator means shifting to being a member of the creation community and that means participation. To build a community you must be a part of the community.
  • Limit my social media consumption time. I know it sounds strange but the truth is — my best ideas are often come from a source off the internet. I need to remember to read the 100s of books I have purchased. And to socialize with the outside world. Be out in my community and taking everything in. Creativity can be sparked by anything but I find the better ideas are not taken from someones’ work. 

That is it — that is how. Shifting to creation instead of consumption is a different way to approach social media use. 

The truth is action must be taken. You don’t grow a following by not posting. You don’t make connections by not writing. 

What strategies have you implemented to make the shift from consumption to creation? 

Do you live for Memories or in the ‘RIGHT NOW’ Moment?

I have had my laptop since 2010. It is an Acer. I am surprised it still runs, honestly. It has absolutely seen better days. I have known for some time now that I need to invest in a new computer. I have had to repair parts. I bought a new battery and a couple years ago the guy I was dating bought me a terabit drive for my birthday to back up the entire computer.  Since that time  – every photo, every bit of writing, every portfolio has been stored on that hard drive. It is my life. 2 nights ago  – it reconfigured and I lost everything.

I instantly wanted to cry.

All my photo memories. All my music. All my everything. It is soul crushing losing everything.

While making light of the situation one of my Besties said – maybe it is time to restart.  Is it the universes’ way of telling me to let go and move forward?  Maybe she is right. 

Maybe.

I am not frozen in time but sometimes I miss my old life so much that I have gotten so much anxiety about my new life.  I just think about being other places and forget that I am in a place. I am doing amazing things. The universe time and time again has offered me opportunity and I am so scared that I don’t take it. It is like she is dangling opportunity right in front of my face. People, things, events, social gatherings and I think no – it won’t compare to what I had. I am failing myself by not giving it a chance. Gawd Damn.

It is crazy how much trust I put into that little black box. All my memories, all my life, all my stuff. But the question is – are those things really important or is life trying to force me into a RESET!

I am going to take that magical box down to a  repair place and hope for the best today.  I wonder though – does all this social media, Instagram, Snap Chat, Facebook – the photo memories of our life place as much importance as we think it does? or are we just caught up in the hype of showing that we are interesting people?

What do you think? Is social media a tool for bragging or a place for memories?

It all Connects.

Minimalism is trending. Big time. It is everywhere you look. People are downsizing their closets, their kitchens, their housing, their physical belongings – in my case, I have done a lot of that already so I have really been working on my social media. A  lot of  people ask me why I have been getting rid of things, downsizing, decluttering; a lot of people are curious – a lot of people just don’t understand.

The thing you need to know: Happiness isn’t found in things.

On my journey to enlightenment or to being a happier, more sound human. I too find a happiness within and not from material things. I consciously choose to work at not cluttering my space. I don’t live in a white apartment, with white sheets and one plant. I have far to many collectables from far too many times in my life. But I do actively try to take options out of my life. Simplify.

We are simply cluttered with options and choices and I don’t want to live like that anymore.

Listen, I know it is not for everybody – it is a popular phrase these days but “you do you”.  So really – do you! I have no problem with the way other people chose to live. I am just on a journey in my life right now to do things differently. Actually it has been happening for the last 5 years – each year with more intensity. I am on a journey to let go. I want to relinquish the past to make way for the future. It isn’t a hard concept, really. While we all have had different paths – different sets of challenges – a lot of our end goals are the same – companionship, relationships, abundance, love.

The more I travel, the more I learn, the more I see – the better it is for me, better to understand life.  One day, if I keep looking, keep manifesting, I will receive exactly what I intended. It is  easier to be direct with intentions without the energy of unwanted things occupying space. See for me – it’s all connected; minimalism, spirituality, veganism (vegetarianism). Learning the principles of dharma in our often chaotic, modern consumerism driven world.

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About Dharma:

Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions.

“Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to suffer, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering. We tend to look for happiness outside ourself, thinking that if we had the right house, the right car, the right job, and the right friends we would be truly happy. We spend almost all our time adjusting the external world, trying to make it conform to our wishes. All our life we have tried to surround ourself with people and things that make us feel comfortable, secure, or stimulated, yet still we have not found pure and lasting happiness.

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I had a bit of a rough ride, got a little lost on the way and that is exactly why you all love and appreciate me today. My journey is ongoing. I just hadn’t quite figured out how to let it all go. I missed all these people and all these place and all these things and it was, and still is, making is hard to just be present. The material memory wasn’t making it better. It was weighing me down.  I need to be here; be in Edmonton. Living my life without constantly wanting, wish and hoping to be buying more plane tickets and to escape the harsh realities of the decisions I have made. Because no one else made those decisions, I did. I am not sinking in some misery hole of bad decisions. Nor am I always a pensive mess; large amounts of depression have not permeated my life. I am just working on getting rid of shitty people, shitty things and finding all that abundance and happiness within.

It is in there, in its simplest form, begging to be unleashed.

So while minimalism is a current trend. Ancient religions like Hinduism, Buddhism etc have been practicing none suffering and dharma for centuries.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

With that friends – I urge you to use your phone like the powerful tool that it is … read more interesting things, feed your brain and feed your soul. In the end  – the only one that can do that for you is you. It is all found within.

With Love & Light,

C