There’s always a cost

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.

9 thoughts on “There’s always a cost

  1. Yes! So very true. And I think a good part of selling a product or idea relies upon making it look effortless and delightful – tricky to bring when you’re feeling anything but, I’d imagine.

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  2. manxbanshee

    I grew up with my Dad telling me his favourite saying (as drummed into him by his own granddad) ‘Do a job you enjoy and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life…’ whatever that was – I still think it’s true but I think as an edict, it’s a lot harder to follow than it was even when I was Kitty’s age – there’s a lot more hoops to jump through and everything now seems to be about being A/ A* at everything (no longer enough to just be average or just to pass something) everything seems to be about striving for perfection/ promotion/ being the best all the time… and even if you don’t buy into that, it’s more than likely whatever job you do, then the system you work in does… so now there is a cost to everything in terms of people’s self-esteem/ mental health/ happiness etc

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  3. Wow, interesting thoughts, thanks for those. You always have such an interesting perspective!

    I certainly think there is a lot of pressure out there.

    I’m becoming ever more convinced that B-minus is just fine… good enough is okay. I sometimes catch myself pushing myself too hard and think, “Why? Who are you doing this for? What is it that you’re trying to prove?”

    There’s definitely a type of person that for some reason feels they never quite measure up to their own ideals… and that’s, for me, where God’s view of me comes in: “Fearfully, wonderfully made… knit together… no mistake.” xxx

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  4. manxbanshee

    I’m very proud of my straight Bs for o’levels (I had a social life & I got an A for Eng Lang – no revision required) and same goes for rest – I put the work in but was never going to be the most brilliant & get straight As or a 1st (interestingly the grades improved as I got to do more of what really interested me over the years) but the current obsession of needing As/ A* would probably have psyched me out at 1st hurdle of even considering university (that and a ton of student debt) really sad

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  5. Yes, you sound a lot like me… I only ever got okay-ish grades, but I’ve never been that person that excels and like you, I had a lot of stuff going on outside of school.

    I think young people each find their own ways… we each excel at our own thing – it’s finding out what the ‘thing’ is that’s key 🙂 xxx

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  6. I love this, at one point I was on the verge of making scrapping/lettering into a business…you know the drill. 10k + followers, requests from companies for design work etc etc. It was so exciting I began to jump in because why not?! I love this craft! I adore designing. I’m good at this. I can do this.

    But that still small voice whispered into my soul a quote that has become a daily remembrance for me…”wherever you are, be all there.”

    Ah Jim Elliot. Wiser words have seldom been spoken. Rather than try to do it all. Let’s give ourselves fully to our calling. Maybe it is podcasting, or the craft industry. But if it isn’t then we run the risk of burning out or being ‘half present’ in our lives.

    I am a creative through and through. But I choose to be all there off-line. To God be the glory.

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