There are plenty of tips and anecdotes and case studies and advice for “Creatives,” and a lot of it is very good stuff, but sometimes it feels like too much to digest. This month I thought I would focus on some base elements. Eight simple, maybe obvious things that are worth remembering. If you can look past the clickbait headline – #5 Made Me Laugh ‘Til I Cried! – one or all of these might be an important reminder for right now.
This month actually marks my one-year anniversary of writing monthly guides for Design*Sponge, and I am just so happy to be a part of this family. I can sentimentalize anything (and am literally writing this on my birthday) so bear with me as I use some of the items on this list to reflect on past guides that dig deeper in a few similar directions. –Adam J. Kurtz
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Advice is a tricky thing to give, because even “the experts” (and I’m definitely not one) don’t know you personally. You are your own expert, and the advice you give to others is often exactly what you need to hear yourself. My new journal PICK ME UP: A Pep Talk For Now & Later is the guide you’ll write yourself to get through the dark parts.
Adam J. Kurtz (better known as ADAMJK) is an artist and author of 1 Page at a Time & Pick Me Up. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow him at @ADAMJK or in real life (he lives in Brooklyn because of course he does).