Outside My Comfort Zone in 2018: Putting My Creativity to the Test

Every successful entrepreneur will tell you the only way to rise to the top is to do something different today than you did yesterday. 

Those of us living with Bipolar Disorder have got that down to a science. I start new projects all the time. The only road block I hit is my inability to finish them. 

I run hot with an idea for about a week and then my creativity comes to a screeching halt. It’s almost as if my tank of racing fuel hits empty – and quick. It’s either 100 miles per hour or stop. 

There is no in between

I know it is hypomanic, stable and depressive moods manifesting. I know this but without a clear plan of action, a schedule, my creative juices are at the mercy of my illness. 

I’ve lost far too many opportunities to my illness including my college degree. I’ve got enough hours to have a Bachelors Degree or two, I have no doubt. I have started and stopped my higher education more times than I care to recount. Due to my background in journalism, I also started a public relations company which thrived for about a year until I lost my motivation. 

So my resolution for 2018 is to better schedule my time – to let off the gas and cruise at 60 mph rather than a rapidly burning 100. It’s essential for my new endeavor. I create art no matter what so I’ve decided to make the best use of it by opening my own Etsy shop, Orange Valley Art and Mercantile

In order for my business to thrive, I can’t burn out. It’s simply not an option. I am making myself that promise here and now for the world to see. I am putting measures in place to stop Bipolar Disorder from robbing me of success again. 

2018 is my year, not Bipolar’s

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi! Your post must be relatable to many people. At least it is to me. I had to start writing everything down in my calendar and setting daily reminders about my goal. My purpose and desired outcome. I might be down for a day, but reading my reminders motivates me to keep going. Happy New Year πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks! Being down for a day is the hardest for me because I do tend to think in terms of all or nothing. It’s nice to know others experience the same struggles. Wishing you a happy and productive 2018!

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  2. You got this! Brush aside the BP BS…the depression/mania angst and push forward! πŸ™‚ Wishing you the best! TC

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    1. Thank you so much. Happy New Year!


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