Welcome back to part two with Jess Greene. If you missed part one it is available here. When I first saw this photo that Jess passed along, the first word that came to mind was visionary. Jess always has goals she is working towards that set her apart from others in creative fields. As she sees something missing, she moves to make a difference and provide what is missing for her creative audience. Seek Your Course is just the beginning of that visionary journey. In part two, Jess will be sharing her thoughts on achieving goals, engaging creativity in your life and websites that she goes to in order to keep her creative endeavours thriving.
What are the steps you follow when you are working towards a goal?
I tend to think and plan big, so I usually then need to break things down and work smaller. I make lists. I gather my resources. I ask for help. If there is a timeline I try to work backwards to set goals by week. But I tend to be a procrastinator, so the mini-goals work better for me when they are loose. I generally find the energy to do things as the deadlines loom closer.
After you have achieved a major goal? How do you wind down and still keep that momentum moving forward?
I put every ounce I have into my projects and so when they are over I tend to crash. I watch a lot of TV (something I don’t do much of generally) and decompress. And I’ve learned to just go with it and not judge myself. Another wave will pick me up again – maybe a lunch with a friend or a networking event – and I will then get going again. I’ve learned to follow the cycle that seems to always know where to go. If I feel stuck I try to get out of the house and meet up with someone. Talking with others is key for me.
Here is a list of websites, where Jess goes for inspiration and business tips:
For running my own business:
Trello (to do lists and task management)
Freckle (time management/tracking)
SproutSocial (social media management)
Squarespace (for an easy and beautiful websites and blogs)
Mail Chimp (for newsletters)
Some final thoughts from Jess…
Seek Your Course is not about me. It is about the power of creative engagement and about making opportunities accessible. I do what I do to inspire and serve others. I believe that beauty can change the world and I am doing my part to spread the availability of life-changing opportunities. Art shouldn’t be about critique or judgement. Most people just want to make something free from expectations. We want to express ourselves and most of us lack opportunities to do so. The creative community that Seek Your Course represents has so much to offer. Seek Your Course is just the portal, but a portal that can change lives.
Coming up next in part three: Jumpstart Creativity Tour 2012. Jess will share her next great adventure with us, and she could be coming to a city near you!
please note: all photography and videos for this piece are created by Jess Greene.