When you’re in a demanding and stressful job, creativity is key to keeping yourself sane. I started web designing as a hobby to help me relax after a long day of nursing. I became so engrossed in it and passionate about it, that I eventually felt inspired enough to change careers from nursing to web design. There are many ways to make money creatively and this blog showcases them. Enjoy, indulge, be inspired.
Covid-19 is a morally confronting moment for healthcare workers. It’s INGRAINED in them to put their patients first and they WANT to uphold the integrity of their profession. They didn’t sign up for an easy job and they aren’t inclined to give up easily when things get really rough but the moment I found out that my hospital wasn’t providing PPE to the nurses and doctors, I froze up inside and the idea of volunteering my assistance (since I’m an ex-nurse) died. I have nightmares about neighbors asking me if I’m able to help their loved ones at home who are unable to access healthcare facilities since there are only 3 ventilators at our local hospital. I’m concerned about my friends on the frontline and I’m questioning my own moral code for being unable to take the risks that they are currently taking.
I have several nurse friends that are truly struggling with whether they should stay at work or not (due to the lack of PPE). I would like to take a moment to address those who choose to walk away:
You might be wondering if you’re doing the right thing and perhaps people are judging you right now, accusing you of abandoning your post at a time when your community needs you the most.
I want you to understand that WE GET IT and it’s okay to quit due to a lack of protection.
We cannot know the individual circumstances of every nurse and doctor and what they might have on the line. Some of them are unable to separate from family and have immune-compromised people at home or maybe they are immune compromised themselves. Whatever the case, every person needs to make a decision for themselves and we should refrain from making judgement.
If a firefighter had to save lives, they wouldn’t send them in without protective gear and a nurse should not be expected to walk into a fire unprotected either.
Watch: Nurses are protesting the lack of supplies to fight Covid-19:
THANK YOU to all the healthcare workers and other essential workers who probably don’t get enough recognition. We are grateful for every one of you, no matter what choice you make to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.
Thank you to those who are making personal sacrifices to stay at home and reduce the curve.
Creativity is a form of expression and releasing it naturally feels great. Nothing feels more satisfying than something you’ve created with your own hands. When you create something, it doesn’t matter what form or shape it takes, it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who understands its meaning. What matters is that it expresses feelings from within yourself (be it pain, happiness, anger, excitement, sorrow or anything in between) and that it serves to either relax or invigorate you, often giving birth to new ideas that could very realistically change your life for the better.
I understand we all live busy lives but if you’re really honest with yourself, you could make room for some creativity. If you refuse to let your creative side express itself, you’re limiting your potential for growth. The only real way for you to understand just how much creativity could improve your life (at work, home and socially), is by trying it out!
It could be anything that interests you! Scrapbooking, writing, drawing, knitting, singing, dancing, music, gardening, cooking, whatever it is, as long as you’re using your imagination.
In my case web design served as a form of creative release and kept me sane during my nursing days. It became such a huge influence in my life that it became a full-time career and I was able to walk away from nursing completely, unlike most burnt out nurses who believe they have little choice but to stay in a career that’s no longer doing it for them.
Perhaps if I can’t convince you that being creative is a vital part of your very nature, nature itself could convince you…check out these creative creatures!
If that doesn’t inspire you to get off the couch and do something creative, then I don’t know what will!
Oh me? Despite the flu, I am good! I was chatting to my friend Kuri who was feeling the Monday morning dread coming on, and it just struck me at that moment that I don’t feel Monday blues anymore! Woohoo! I don’t ever have to feel Monday blues ever again…EVER!
I can finally start to love and cuddle and adore my Mondays!
Okay, okay, I know that sounds boastful and cruel to those of you that are actually going to some place you don’t want to be at today, to listen to your whiny boss, to pull the weight of your lazy colleagues, to be overworked and underpaid, forever and ever til death do you part.
Yeah I know, I am not making you feel any better but did you ever stop to think that it doesn’t have to be that way? How many of you have been brainwashed into thinking that there is only one formula for success in the whole WIDE world? Have you ever looked past Farmville into the thick of the World Wide Web? People, this is the door to everything! Well, almost everything. With it you can make anything happen (well, almost anything!)…okay…quite a lot of anything…the Egyptian government had to force a shutdown on the internet because it is a tool powerful enough to enable citizens to overthrow their rulers. It is the ultimate form of expression and there is room for everyone!
I wish sometimes I could warp into a different dimension and discover something cool.
Hmmm, what if I could at least visualize myself doing that? Like so…
Want to know how we did that? Simple. Jash wanted to learn how to do special effects so he Googled it and found a ton of free tutorials. Yes! FREE high quality, in-depth tutorials on how to create special effects. He downloaded the trial version of Adobe After Effects and presto!
Now watch how these guys make some money out of special effects on YouTube.
The possibilities are endless and the results are deeply SATISFYING!
For those that don’t know, if you have a channel on YouTube and your show brings a lot of viewers, google (who owns YouTube) will pay you because you’re bringing in viewers. This is funded by businesses who advertise on YouTube. Kind of like television, except, you’re not watching TV, you’re making TV. It’s a chance to have fun, get famous and possibly make some frikkin big money! How cool is that?!
Caution: Like any other creative pursuit, don’t go into this with the idea that you are going to be an overnight millionaire (though you never know with the internet). What you should be focusing on is having fun! Lots of fun! Enjoy every moment, feel your way around. Does it make you feel happy inside? Do you feel your passion rising and your interest in it deepening naturally? Do your friends enjoy it? If you’re making one person happy with what you’re doing, you’re succeeding. Think of it only as a hobby that you’re obsessed with for now. Nobody ever really expects to make any money from hobbies but we all invest our time in it anyway. The good part about this particular hobby (and many other hobbies I will be blogging on) is that with enough time, you will make money out of it. Think of that as a plus, but not as the main goal. If you think of the money, your patience will wear thin and you will end up frustrated and creatively blocked. The object is solely to have fun.
I can hear you say:
“But I am terrible with computers! Special effects? Omg! Are you kidding?”
No, you don’t have to use special effects to get views on YouTube. Of course to get your videos up, you should learn some basics, like how to record a video, how to do some light editing, and how to upload the video to YouTube. There are plenty of FREE resources out there, so you can learn how to do just about anything!
If you really want to get your channel plenty of views, the best thing to do is network.. It matters hugely when it comes to stuff like this. American YouTubers seem to have the advantage of hosting social events like YouTube parties where they are able to meet each other physically, collaborate and produce shows together, but if you're not American this doesn't necessarily put you in a disadvantaged position. Word spreads around the internet fast and if you network enough with people online, you will get good numbers but don't just go out there spamming people, and posting your link at every site or forum possible. Go out there and make real friends online. Speak to people, help them out of their spots, let your personality shine through. Be yourself, be helpful and have fun. You will find that people would more naturally keep coming back to your website/youtube channel simply because they feel a personal connection with you. There are millions of sites out there and there just isn't enough time for one person to visit them all. You have to give them a reason to keep coming back to you. Once you're in the circle, the word spreads from there and that's when you will start reaping the benefits of your hard work. But hey, the internet is unpredictable! You may just get lucky and go "viral" (spread quickly around the net) almost without any effort on your part. If so, hats off to you!
Are you going to or have you already done something cool on YouTube? Share the link with me and let me know how it's going! 🙂
Click here to read about some successful YouTubers:
Helloooo Nurse! Could you tell us a bit about the creative process and share some tips on how to keep the creative juices flowing? I always find myself drifting out of the creative spell when I need it the most. Also, it would be great if you could cover an article on creative writing, such as novels.
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Email/feedback makes me happy because to be honest, I don’t really get enough feedback on my blog, even though I love hearing from my readers. But it may have something to do with my blog being relatively new. The good news is that I’ve been getting more readers and it’s gaining popularity which reminds me of this little comic strip about bloggers…
Yes, it’s true, with enough consistent, focused, action you can be a successful blogger. It’s a fact. Just like with any pursuit you put your mind to. With enough focus, you will, without doubt succeed. There will be hitches, there will be challenges but that’s where discipline comes in. You’ve got to stick with it if you want it really badly. Try new techniques if you have to but focus your entire being on what you want and you will get it. It takes time, patience, faith and persistence.
So how do you get creative juices flowing? Well there are some obvious things to begin with:
Take care of your body, a mind cannot concentrate while your body screams for help. I am not a great example right now, but I am getting there and the nicer I am to my body, the more clear-minded I become. No, you’re not allowed to say you don’t have time to exercise, if you have time for Facebook and random non-intellectual TV shows.
Take care of your mind, don’t litter your brain with unnecessary thoughts and most of all don’t participate in gossip and other hurtful or hateful activities. Be accepting of things you are powerless to change and be determined to change things about your life you know you can change. Read a book instead of watching soapies, listen to classical music once in a while, dabble in something creative, like painting, writing, drawing, scrapbooking. We’re not looking for a masterpiece, we’re just feeding the soul. Go out by yourself at least once a week. You can go anywhere you please, restaurants, libraries, movies, museums, parks. There is a whole person inside of you that you neglect to spend time with.
One thing I’ve found that helps, is something author Julia Cameron calls “The morning pages” in her book “The Artists Way”. What you do is write three full pages of thoughts down every morning when you wake up, then throw out the pages. The idea behind it, is to empty your mind of wasteful clutter (purposeless thoughts) and if done consistently every morning, you will literally begin to feel lighter and your mind will become more focused. I find that I release enough mind clutter in 3 pages, to allow me to be more focused for the rest of the day on achieving my goals. “The artist’s way” is a great read for blocked creativity (and YES! We are ALL creative beings!).
2 Great Reads to begin with!
More great advice came from the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert. One brilliant piece of advice she gives is that you should show up for your part. She (like many others) feels a “divine force” guiding her while she writes, almost as though someone else is writing for her. Julia Cameron also speaks of this force. Both of them see themselves as the medium for this “divine force” to express its genius. It takes the pressure off from the author and places it on this outside force which, in turn, allows you to be receptive to your own creativity.
Sometimes the “divine force” shows up, other times it doesn’t. But the trick is to show up for your part, sit at your computer and start writing, (or painting, or whatever it is you’re looking to do) and keep showing up for your part. Consistent focused action and you will succeed!
Watch this talk from Elizabeth Gilbert. It will be worth your time. 🙂
So you’re burnt out and bored with life and you need something fun to do in your spare time. There is nothing sexier than a photographer other than a guitarist, a painter and Jash in my opinion. Imagine yourself with your photography kit capturing those beautiful moments. People oohing and aahing over your spectacular ability to make photos look better than the real thing, imagine the excitement of seeing your photos shared online and passed around the world for millions to admire. Yes, you can do photography part time or full time and no you don’t need to go to photography school to do it either. The internet is your friend and it is literally the most powerful tool of all time!
I recently acquired a Nikon D3100 camera. It’s perfect for the beginner photographer. Jash and I have been having tons of fun with it and it is opening doors to many more online opportunities. We got the camera because it looked sexy and it had beautiful reviews. We came home, unwrapped it and fell in love with it but we didn’t know the first thing about how to use it! There are tons of settings and so many buttons! It came with two lenses and we quickly bought ourselves a tripod (the bare necessities for any wannabe photographer). So what to do next? Read the manual? Heck no! We just got out our google-fu and found tons of tutorials online on how to use the camera, and found various tips and tricks on how to capture the world magnificently! We gathered that there were three basic settings that you should mess around with, ISO, apeture and shutter speed (go on and google it). YouTube has video tutorials all over the place explaining everything you would need to know. It didn’t take long before our photos started looking brilliant and combined with the power of PhotoShop (a photo editing program, you can try Gimp for a free alternative), we were soon being confused for professional photographers!
This is a photo that Jash took of our house when the surrounding area flooded. Keep in mind that it was taken at midnight and only could be captured this way with a camera that’s capable of a slow shutter speed and a high ISO. Pretty much any DSLR can do this (like the Nikon D3100).
Photography is an art and because you usually would need to be outdoors more often, it is the perfect way for a nurse to feel inspired and refreshed after a hard day at work. The best part is that if you can learn the basics and if you practice enough you could very realistically make some money with your photos! Yes, there are people who will pay for a good photo! Check out sites like iStockPhoto, ShutterStock, Fotolia, BigStockPhoto etc. It’s perfect for the underpaid nurse! 😀 If you’re not looking to make money out of it (yeah right!), then scrap booking and cutesy photo frames will be a great past time to get your mind off that annoying patient that laid a complaint against you because you refused to accompany her to the smoking area, while she was being treated for respiratory failure.
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda
I am sure you’ve all heard enough from Nurse Arkadia over there in the neighboring tab. I’d like to introduce you to Arkadia the designer. I am going to be blogging about various forms of creativity and hopefully you guys will find something inspiring enough to keep your burn out from pushing you over the edge. There is a lot of ways to get creative. You don’t have to have an inborn talent; you just have to have an interest in something creative. If there is a creative field you’d like me to cover in this section, don’t be afraid to comment or email me at Arkadialove@gmail.com.