It’s always a sacrifice

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It’s always a sacrifice. 

You want to create more content for your personal brand but you already have a full-time job? 

It’s always a sacrifice.

You want to create art that you’re proud of but you’re having trouble finding work?

It’s always a sacrifice. 

Creating is always a sacrifice, and that’s what makes it so easy to get into a creative slump. 

I blogged every day in November, and I released 14 different videos from July to September. I was on a 90-minute podcast in August and I gave a 25 minute talk in September. It was a sacrifice. But I batched my time well, I worked a few extra hours, and I didn’t make excuses. 

But the past three months I’ve been making excuses and getting into a slump. Here are my excuses: I’ve been working almost full-time hours for Jeremiah, and I want to value the time he’s paying me for. So I can’t make videos. I’ve been taking some swings at my student loans with side website projects, so I can’t justify blogging when there are deadlines around the corner. I want to start my book but I haven’t done enough research yet, so I’ll probably just hit a block in a couple weeks. I haven’t met a 65-year old author / mentor with a rustic writing shed yet. There’s no way I can focus on writing right now. 

Just as an exercise for myself, I’m going to copy and paste the previous paragraph, then strikethrough it. Because I need to get out of this rut. 

The past three months I’ve been making excuses and getting into a slump. Here are my excuses: I’ve been working almost full-time hours for Jeremiah, and I want to value the time he’s paying me for. So I can’t make videos. I’ve been taking some swings at my student loans with side website projects, so I can’t justify blogging when there are deadlines around the corner. I want to start my book but I haven’t done enough research yet, so I’ll probably just hit a block in a couple weeks. I haven’t met a 65-year old author / mentor with a rustic writing shed yet. There’s no way I can focus on writing right now.

It’s always a sacrifice. 

Joshua Reese