What if you chose to live with “Creative Abandon” – where you follow your passions and not follow money? Anahata Katkin, an Atlanta based mixed-media artist, mother, entrepreneur and boutique-maker, is the cofounder of PAPAYA! Inc, PAPAYA! Living Boutique, Jupiter Row, and Fireweed, which are all independently and family owned.
In this episode Anahata shares how she successfully lives a life of purpose, passion & creative authenticity – all with Creative Abandon. She tells us how she started Papaya, how her role has shifted over the years as she’s hired more employees, how to treat new friendships like dating, and why it’s so important to take care of your health now.
TODAY WE WILL LEARN HOW TO
See your “weaknesses” differently
Know if an idea should to come to life
Redefine your day in order to take care of your health
Be yourself on social media
Increase your creative productivity
Build a community of friends
TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS
Start your business with the easiest thing you could make.
If you want to work for another creative business, ask yourself, “Am I willing to serve the creative vision and not have an overlying agenda?”
When your hobbies become your work, over time you may not want to create in your free time – and that’s OK.
When you feel the creative wave coming, clear your schedule, because if you get on the wave, your productivity will increase.
Fear and mental chatter is just a natural part of the creative process for everyone.
When you are trying to change your style, or move into a new territory, your work will get chaotic, kind of ugly, and a bit strange. If you keep going, it will smooth out and turn into this epic thing that you become known for.
You have to let your brand have its way with you so that you can have the life that you want to live. Selling out is one thing but listening to the customers is another thing.
When trying to figure out your next step or your dreams, pay attention to the obsession and the creative traction you get behind some ideas, and those that you don’t – even if they look good on paper.
When you are throwing yourself into your work, be careful. Do not forget about your health. Remember you are running a marathon.
Treat making new friends like dating.
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How can you redefine your day to include self-care?