For artists and designers looking to start their social media presence

It’s the end quarter of 2022. If you’re looking to start making content for your personal brand or business, you need to consider the following question.

What is the core reason why you want to start making content?

More times than not, many people start the journey of making content but eventually stop after a few weeks because they burn out.

Reason being?

Nobody liked their posts. Nobody engaged with their content. Just crickets.

Please consider the reason why you want to put yourself on this journey, because 99% of new content creators don’t get traction for a long time.

(Of course luck plays a role, but luck isn’t a consistent winning strategy).

If you’re looking to start making content, I want you to do it for your own self.

No clout, no big lofty numbers to reach.

Just you and your own journey.

The hardest part about content creation

There’s a little voice in my head that says, “Do you really have the credentials to say what you’re saying?”

The voice in my head, she doesn’t think I’m qualified to write this.

She doesn’t believe I have the credentials or the audience to be successful.

Time and time again, I have my moments of doubt.

I don’t know everything, but I do have a hunch and it’s this—when we create, we cannot give into the voices of doubt we have in our heads.

I’m turning 25 next month

Here are 25 bite-sized lessons I’ve learned in my 25 years. 

  1. You can do anything you want
  2. You can’t *really* do anything you want, but you’d be surprised at the amount you can accomplish while at a young age
  3. Education is important
  4. School isn’t everything
  5. Be grateful of the most basics things you have and are capable of doing. That way, you will have an unparalleled perspective on life
  6. Always make time for personal creativity. It’s 100% worth pursuing
  7. Great friends can be hard to come by
  8. Not everyone has to understand your world through your own lens and opinions
  9. It is imperative to be smart with your money
  10. Consistency is a winning strategy
  11. If you choose to take a path less travelled, you’ll often feel like you’re all alone because most of your friends won’t understand
  12. Learn to differentiate between your own critic and your intended audience
  13. Do things you enjoy doing
  14. Time is precious
  15. Relationships are important
  16. Understand that you will have your entire lifespan 3 more times over in front of you
  17.  Doing > Thinking
  18. Stop stressing over things you cannot control
  19. Most things just aren’t *that* important. If it were, they would call
  20. Leading is hard
  21. Reading is fun
  22. You can follow your passions, work a full time job, and feel fulfilled at the same time
  23. The Pareto Principle: 20% of causes generates 80% of outcomes
  24. The chained elephant—be wary.
  25. Adults are people too 

I was an industrial design major who knew industrial design wasn’t the right fit for me

So what did I do? 

I did what every other 20 year old does. 

Continue school till the end and graduate not really knowing what would come next. 

And then? 

Well, 2020 happened and the rest was world history.

For me, I was whisked into the family business learning the ways of mom and pops for the next 2 years. 

During that time, I learned something really important about myself. 

I love marketing. 

And I’m not too shabby with using social media as a business tool. 

Why this is important is because my above 2 passions has brought me more opportunities during these 2 years than the subject matter I studied for 5 years.

Not to say that getting an education isn’t valuable—because it definitely is.

All I’m saying is, I took a chance on myself and persisted in things I loved and was curious about. 

The end result is that I’m wholeheartedly happy doing what I do. 

And I’d love to help others do the same too. 

I was 10 when I started to feel embarrassed about my artwork

He made fun of my drawing.

And that was my turning point. 

Yeah, I’m a sensitive kid. 

Fast forward 12 years, I was 22. 

Tired from holding myself back, I found a relatively safe space to share my art. 

It was unbelievably liberating. 

I realized, sharing my work was not to be feared.

I can’t believe it took me so long, but I guess that’s life. 

Now I try to do the same for others with the work we do at Habit Factory. 

Most people just need a safe space where they could be themselves and create whatever they want without feeling weird about it. 

I used to be the type of artist who would hide her sketches from anyone and everyone

Why?

I guess I was self conscious. 

I was scared to hear what others would think of me. 

Worried that others would think I’m stupid for my ideas. 

I knew my drawings were good because that’s what everyone around me said, but I was just excruciatingly shy.

Fast forward 3 years ago (in my early 20s), I wanted to break away from that kind of behaviour.

No more hiding.

Because I realized hiding away wasn’t going to get me anywhere.

And so I started to share my work on my corner of the internet. 

Frankly, it felt liberating.

I learned that nobody actually thinks in the ways of how I imagine them to.

All that fear was inside my head. 

Now, I’m the type of person who will eagerly encourage you to share your work with others (cue Habit Factory). 

Sharing your progress offers an entirely different experience from keeping it to yourself. That is, if you’re with a community that makes you feel safe of course. 

The switch to sharing work out loud was easy, but it took me a lot of mental work to be okay with it. 

If you’re ready to jump into a safe space where you’re encouraged to do creative work differently, I hope you’ll sign up for our Habit Factory newsletter

We’ll only send out emails when we launch new workshops.

See you there! 

“I want to start writing” 

Here are 2 simple things I did that helped me kickstart my writing journey almost 3 years ago.

  1. Schedule a non-negotiable time and place out of my day to write. Keep it short, up to 30 minutes. Mine is at night, by my desk, right before I head to sleep.
  2. Once your fingers start typing away, DO NOT EDIT. Resist every single urge in your body to use the backspace button until you are done your entire first draft. Works wonders. 

Do these 2 things when you write and you will enjoy the process for the long term.

Writing has helped me improve my communication skills drastically (which is why I’m a huge fan of it and am willing to help others get on board too)

Why Stupid Small Tiny Habits Will Help You Win

When it comes to building a creative practice for yourself, one of the key things that people usually overlook is consistency in small steps.

Let’s say it’s a new year, and you want to start the blog you’ve always talked about. You’ve been thinking about it for the past 8 months, and now you want to make it part of your new year’s resolutions. 

January 1st, you’ve written your first post and you’ve spent hours on end refining and editing your content.

January 6th, you’re still writing successfully but you’re realizing that this process is taking you much longer than you thought.

January 10th, something comes up and you have to take away your writing time to take care of it. You skip a day of writing. 

January 11th, you feel bad that you skipped one day but you’re still determined to keep going.

January 20th, writing has now been on and off, and you keep allowing other things to grab attention away from your goal.

By February, you’ve given up writing because you’ve decided that it took too long and too much effort to pursue.

The problem here is that the desired change is too drastic. We can’t keep up our habit of blogging because life events get in the way. We overestimate our ability to adopt desired habits, mostly because the change in habit is too much and we feel bad the moment we stop keeping up.

Truth be told, writing an entire blog post a day is a lot of work for someone who isn’t in the habit of writing on a daily basis. The habit isn’t small enough. In this case, a habit that should be adopted instead is writing a single sentence per day. Not an entire post, but a single sentence.  

A single sentence per day is much more doable, and doesn’t seem as daunting to tackle as an entire blog post. 

Once you get into the practice of writing a single sentence per day, you’ll be more much inclined to ramp up production when you want to because you’ll know that you’re capable of it. 

Why I know this works is because this is how I started my blogging project. I’ve now successfully written over 700 consecutive posts for myself as I constantly look for ways to improve. 

If you want to build a creative practice you can feel proud of, start stupid small. 

Dear Freelancer, Why Are You Holding Yourself Back?

You’ve got work to share, yet you’re holding everything back. What gives?
Most creatives don’t feel comfortable posting their work because they worry about what other people might think. That’s why many people put a lot of time into improving their quality of production before anything else. 
I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t worry too much about your production quality on social media. Instead, you should worry about what your clients want. 
Your clients don’t want to see you in 4k, they just want to know how they can woo their partners with a commissioned portrait drawing. 
They don’t care about how much you spend to edit your videos, they just want to get their logo delivered on time. 
They don’t need to see your fancy studio, they just want to have their work done by someone they trust.
When you don’t have expensive production equipment and processes, you can still serve the needs of somebody else.