My girl has decided that she wants to be a make-up artist when she’s older.
Either that, or Amy Tangerine, “Because she gets to do so many fun things.”
We really enjoy Amy’s vlogs: they are some of the best for ‘mum and daughter’ viewing, as they’re always filled with colour, positivity and – of course – papercrafting goodness.
But it’s tricky to explain to a tween that everything comes at a cost and behind all the glamour, fun and fame, doubtless comes a *ton* of hard work and personal cost.
I keep hearing in podcasts about how we’re all in danger of burning out; how we’re doing too much and pushing ourselves too hard.
And while I guess that might be true for some, I personally don’t feel that way.
The moment I’ve felt a scrap-related activity is costing me too much on a soul level, I’ve been quick to let it go, at least for a time.
I can’t help but wonder if it’s not the podcast hosts themselves who might be in need of a break.
A wise friend once said to me,
“If it’s not a ‘hell yeah,’ then why am I even considering it?”
I’ll admit that I’ve made that statement the filter through which any scrap-related opportunity is passed. You’ve got to feel it in your soul, right?
Of course, it’s different when scrapbooking or creativity is your career and income source.
I guess you do what needs to be done and push yourself through the times when that mojo is elusive.
I suspect a lot of creators do this so well, that we, the consuming public, don’t even start to guess at the effort and energy being expended behind the scenes.
And I have enormous respect for the creators whose work is of a somewhat repetitive nature… I can’t even commit to the same breakfast cereal each week.
I’m learning that while there’s part of me that wonders where I might have taken this thing if I’d pushed harder, there’s a far bigger part of me that is relieved that I get to keep (and protect) this beautiful activity as my life-giving hobby.
There’s a freedom there and it’s a luxury to get to sit back and choose what beautifully created content I consume.
Sure, there are wonderful perks to being a promoter and professional content creator and I’m sure scrappy superstardom can be enormous fun.
But we’d do well to neither overlook the cost to the individual creative nor underestimate the value of being comfortably curled up in the viewer’s seat.
I watched a fascinating youtube video this week called ‘Influencers | Hyper-Consumerism | Perfectionism | Creative vs Functional’ by popular planner girl, Meka Allen. You might enjoy it too.