Can’t Stop / Won’t Stop

October 30, 2013


Living a creative life by your own design is pretty badass – but it’s not always easy. Even when things are consistently good, just sustaining a certain level of non-stop go, go, go! can be exhausting and overwhelming. Show up. Be seen. Do the work. Create and launch. Learn and lean in. Over and over and over again.

If you’re not ready to go home
Can I get a “Hell, no!”? 
‘Cause we’re gonna go all night
‘Til we see the sunlight, alright

Then there’s The Fear. After consulting and coaching hundreds of creative entrepreneurs I can promise you that every single one of us is on the verge of peeing-our-pants, puking, or crying-int0-pillows. Because being your own boss demands courage – and courage is born from fear. The idea of going down the wrong path and seeing no return on investment is probably the biggest fear. Then there is the overwhelming fear of being unhappy and imbalanced. Then there is the fear of being unimportant and overlooked. But get this: these fears are nothing more than a wish for what you don’t want to happen.

And everyone in line in the bathroom
Trying to get a line in the bathroom
We all so turned up here
Getting turned up, yeah, yeah

Recently my sister, who fights a chronic battle with procrastination, shared with me that her new mantra is “Don’t pause.” For her it’s about downloading notes right after a meeting. Or delegating direction sooner. Or choosing not to make the bed and bust out the laptop instead. It’s about not getting bogged down in weighing decisions that lead to fatigue. I’ve decided to adopt this mantra as my own – but for me it’s more of a command to keep going in the grand scheme of things. It’s about refusing to hang out with The Fear. “Don’t pause” doesn’t mean I can’t slow my roll every once in a while – but it reminds me to stay on the bus. To show up. Be seen. Do the work. Create. Launch. Learn. Over and over and over again.

And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
We run things, things don’t run we
Don’t take nothing from nobody
Yeah, yeah

And then of course, there are the wise words of the scandalous child-star-turned-twerker Miley Cyrus that penetrate my heart. Sure, she’s talking less about being a creative entrepreneur with purpose and rather is sharing the good word of self-indulgent booty shakin’ – but the message rings true. Do what you want. Make your own rules. Live life and have a good time. It’s a nice reminder, right?


P.S. I spotted these “Can’t Stop / Won’t Stop” designs on Design Love Fest and immediately purchased these 20″ x 28″ posters to hang in my home as a daily reminder to keep living what I love. And I’m not going to lie – I’ve been totally rocking out to Miley in the MINI this summer.

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