Showing up daily

Floating Thoughts 002

Hey 420+ friends, it’s Hannah here from Quoted Visually!

Welcome to another issue of Floating Thoughts, I am attempting to make this newsletter more regular, so good so far 👀

Showing up - it is at the foundation of everything that we do.

In fact, it is the very least we can do! Yet when it comes to our hobbies, rituals and creative practices, why is it so difficult?

There are least two reasons:

  • We don’t schedule it in and therefore, leave it to the chance of our passing moods.

  • We overdo it, and try to do too much in one go, then leave long periods between sessions.

I am guilty of both! But recently I’ve been asking myself how often I should sit down to create my own illustrations each month (aside from client projects).

Doubling down on frequency

I am coming to my senses and realising why having a daily practice is beneficial for us artists and creatives out there.

Doing an activity regularly in small doses can allow us to make more progress than infrequent long bursts of effort.

Consistency wins over intensity because it is more sustainable.

But also, we make it easier for ourselves when we create the habit of showing up for as little as 30 minutes each day.

Keeping the wheels on the tracks allows us to maintain our momentum and stay tuned into our creative ‘senses’...

Leaving too much of a gap can allow for imposter syndrome and self-doubt to creep in and it can become even harder to get back on the tracks again.

Pace becomes the secret ingredient.

Consistent creation

If we want to consistently create and produce art to share with the world, we must think about what is better long-term, rather than just today.

Consistent creation can keep us connected to our ‘why’, our inner reflective dialogue and the reason for our practice.

It can stop us from getting lost in the output and keep us focused on the input so that what we share remains authentic to who we are.

From my experience, creativity is a process of losing ourselves and finding ourselves again.

I would argue that sometimes we can lose ourselves in the wrong places, in the surface-level connections and vanity metrics of the online world.

But if we can stay connected to our practice we can stay true to who we are!

💡 Inspiration

Back when I started my journey, I came across Jack Butcher's Visualize Value.

If you want some guidance to get on track with your creative business pursuits, I highly recommend checking out his courses and resources.

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🗞️ Update

The UK has finally delivered some summery weather = one happy Hannah!

I have closed the doors to new client enquires until September, big moves I know, but it has allowed me to:

  1. Focus on existing clients

  2. Make space for product development.

On that note, I AM OPENING A SHOP! Here is a sneaky preview:

It won’t be fully open until September 2023, as I will be sending the orders myself, and your gal is going away for August ☀️

 🔔 Please reply to this email or leave a comment on this article if you would like me to open the shop for a limited period in July!

This also means my new SHOPIFY WEBSITE IS LIVE here:

*But also still a work in progress*

I launched it before it was fully ready…

Finally, here is my latest collab with the amazing Simon Alexander Ong:

That’s a wrap. Thanks for being here!

Feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions, requests or feedback. I will respond at my earliest opportunity.

Big love,

Hannah aka Quoted Visually x

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