Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day you’ll look back and it will all make sense.
― Austin Kleon
It’s a crippling feeling.
You know you could accomplish so much more, if only you could decide what to do.
The problem isn’t a lack of motivation, it’s that you want to do everything but feel like you have to limit yourself to one direction.
What if you don’t have to?
I’ve been struggling lately with the focus of my blog.
It started as a way to share my fiction, but I found people were drawn to my articles about travel and doing what you love.
I spent a lot of time thinking about my “personal brand.”
Who am I? What I am about?
It felt so limiting having to define myself.
I love travel. I love writing books. And I love sharing my experiences with people all over the world.
In the end I decided not to worry about a personal brand, and to focus instead on creating value.
As Austin Kleon says in his book Steal Like an Artist, “Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it.”
Why not write about travel in Eastern Europe and also publish fiction?
My work isn’t mutually exclusive, because it’s all my work.
It reflects my life path, unique experiences, imagination, and ideas.
Your life path is also unique.
The one thing that unifies your work is you.
If you’ve been waiting for someone to give you permission to be a tutu-wearing, cupcake-making rock climber who blogs about marathons while tweeting about your favorite TV shows, I give you full permission.
Just make something.
And eventually your thoughts and ideas will come together and people will say, “You’re so unique. I wish I could be like you.”