Something we thought you might relate to

For the past couple of months, I've been kind of obsessed with podcasts and, in particular, a new one called Millennial. Megan Tan is a recent college grad who's floundering in the first year after college, and, in an effort to stay true to her creative core, is working on something of her own. The podcast is beautifully produced (by Tan herself) and so totally honest. 

In the most recent episode, Tan encounters an obstacle: people want to sponsor the podcast and she has absolutely no idea how to go about handling the inquiries (despite asking for them). So she just...ignores them. She shuts down. After awhile, she realizes that what she's hiding from is the uncomfortable fact that she doesn't even know where to begin. 

This is what happens to so many of us in this beautiful online world we've built. Everyone we know creates beautiful posts with images that look professionally captured; Instagram feeds are curated impeccably; we have friends whose work we see in the shops we love. And while all of this is hugely inspirational, it can also cause the perfectionists inside of us to scream, "Don't start until you know exactly how to do this perfectly!" 

And, let's face it, there just isn't such a thing as "starting perfectly." 

No. There is only starting

On our keynote speaker Tiffany Han's podcast this week, workshop leader Lisa Congdon talks about just that--about how those early days of beginning any passion project are messy and not quite right, but so important to figuring out your style, voice, perspective, and direction. (And, hey, it's also an amazing preview of what Lisa will be working with attendees on in her workshop!)

So this week, let's all vow to get to the bottom of our fears so that we can begin unknotting them one by one. Up close, in the light of day, they are rarely as monstrous as they seem. Even if your first step is minuscule--making just one call; buying that domain; writing for 10 minutes--you will have started, and that's what matters. The next time you think about your big dream, you'll already have begun.

Millennial: What's Your Worth?
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