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I was searching through my Wordpress drafts the other day when I found an outfit that never made it up on the site. A little lost white lace dress from New York and a pair of Italian heels. It also made me miss my crazy red hair…

Today, I want to share a quote with you. I think it is amazing for anyone undertaking creative pursuits. Whether you are a writer, photographer, musician, painter, designer – it can be a tough journey. We love this thing we do – but feel as though we are falling short of our own expectations. The answer – we have to put the work in.

I will go into the neuroscience of why practice really does make perfect in a follow-up blog next week. It may help you to see that if you are willing to put the effort in, there isn’t much you can’t do. Hence, why it is easier to become a pro at the things you love. It isn’t necessarily God-given talent – it has more to do with the fact that we don’t mind clocking hours doing the things that give us joy. Until next week, read this amazing piece of advice…

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste – the thing that got you into this game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are starting out, or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal. And the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap. And your work will be as good as your ambitions.” – Ira Glass

Dress – A New York buy  (similar here and here)   Shoes – Silvia Rossini

Much love xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.


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