How Janelle Monáe's "Django Jane" reaffirmed my creative journey

I had to let go of the world that I had created for myself in order to make space for exploring the world that is meant for me. Weeks after choosing to let go, I sat on that flight, listening to “Django Jane” on repeat, feeling affirmed in my new direction as I absorbed the song’s message and thought about its intent.

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Why nobody on social media listens to you

You ever feel like your followers don’t support you enough? Wish that you had more customers, clients, or supporters? Do you feel like social media is a popularity game that will never play out in your favor? Your feelings are valid, but your feelings won’t put you in a position to accomplish your goals. Creating a strategy that plays to your audience’s needs or wants will.

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The Power Of Brevity: how giving myself grace as a writer liberated my creativity

Every article I write doesn’t need to be over 1,000 words. It doesn’t need to talk about the nuances of some of my most traumatic experiences, deliver graduate level statistical analysis, or teach people how to cure cancer. Every piece of content that I create and share with the world doesn’t have to be something that I spent years formulating, revising, and losing sleep over.

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"What Do You Do?" - embracing my greatest talents without sacrificing my versatility

Being able to categorize my work in ways that are easily palatable to potential clients, partners, and investors is financially beneficial, because it allows them to more easily see how I can be of value to them.  At the same time, I don’t like offering up labels and titles that serve as weak substitutes for a conversation that actually reveals elements of who I am as a person. 

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A Toronto Story: "I ate this lunch sitting 1,000 feet in the air."

I rubbed my eyes and rolled out of bed. I opened the blinds, but I didn’t see the modestly sized suburban backyard that I'm used to seeing at home. Instead, I was greeted with a 39th floor view of downtown Toronto. The city's architecture is sleek, distinct, and beautiful. Buildings curve gently, angle sharply, and make their own mark.

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A Creative's Internal Struggle: embracing the process in a numbers-focused world

Being selective about which articles or social media posts you publish is important. If you’re not ensuring that you release quality content, your voice holds less weight. On the other hand, letting fear stop you from writing, or from releasing, is just as dangerous of a thought process to embrace if you are looking to use your words for a purpose.

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I Didn't Want To Be An Influencer: how traumatic experiences pushed me towards my purpose

I’m not big on claiming titles for myself. I’d rather do the work first, and let the chips fall where they may. The process of growing into a career as a social media influencer has felt foreign to me at times. The term feels very presumptuous. Toward the end of October 2016, found myself in a situation where I was legally required to put that word in my social media biographies. I had to recognize it as a real thing.

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