Creative Business Dictionary: Courage

As a journalism major in college, I developed a strong affinity for words. They are deep, complex, and have the ability to convey multiple messages. Now, as a creative small business owner, many words have taken on new meanings, and I am constantly catching myself seeing the world from a different angle.

Each week, we look at a word that impacts creative businesses and share a free download to view, print, frame, ponder, or shred. We’d love to hear your stories of how these individual words have impacted your business or your life!

CBD Courage - SquareOctober 8, 2015 – Courage

n. mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty; the ability to do something that frightens one

Do you consider yourself a courageous person? I don’t! I like my comfort zone and playing it safe. There are not many people who take fewer risks than I do! At least…that’s the story I’ve been telling myself for years.

You and I each have a tremendous amount of courage, but we may not be giving ourselves enough credit. It took courage for me to start Nothing Past Nine, and it takes courage each day I continue this path of entrepreneurship. It takes courage to get up and go to the office, to the doctor, even to step outside in today’s world. One of the thoughts that struck me while reading this post is that it does not say that courage is the absence of fear. It says that courage is dealing with fear; whether that’s withstanding it or moving past it.

This week (and hopefully beyond!), I have challenged myself to see my own courage as many ways as possible – in my personal and professional lives. There are going to be things in life that we are scared of; we even talked about fear in last week’s post. It does not matter whether the situation scares us a little or a lot, we all have courage to overcome what frightens us!

Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for behind the scenes looks, product information and more! Today on Facebook you’ll even see how I use the free download below to remind myself of this week’s challenge! How do you use your free download?

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Sneak Peek! – Social Media #1

Social media is a way of life now, and we embrace the opportunities these platforms provide for interacting with all of you! One of the downfalls of being a small, small business however, is that you cannot always do everything you want to. In the past, Nothing Past Nine’s social media presence has suffered from a lack of consistency. That is why it’s a big piece of how we will be improving operations through the reopening!

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The two most active platforms for Nothing Past Nine will be Instagram and Facebook. From these places, you can expect to find a lot of visual posts (obviously!) that include:

  • Personal updates that explain who is behind the business of Nothing Past Nine
  • Inspiration posts for projects, life, and entrepreneurship
  • Behind the scenes glimpses of what it takes to run a small business
  • New products available from the shop
  • Special offers and discounts!

Screen shot 2015-06-06 at 1.07.19 PMIs there something else you would like to see from us? Let us know! It’s fun to get conversation flowing and find out what you’re looking for! Social media is social for a reason right? Happy Saturday!

We’ll take a look at a couple of our other platforms soon, but HERE are the other sneak peeks we’ve shared so far this summer.


Social Freedom

Social MediaI have not perused Facebook or Twitter or Instagram in almost two weeks and you know what, kind readers? I’m alive! I am well! I have enjoyed the company of my fiance each night and it has been wonderful! Now, I may have missed a few things here and there, perhaps more than a few. Yet, I find myself not caring all that much. My friends and family mean a great deal to me, but if I need to share something with them, I do. If they need me, they can get a hold of me.

Going through a mental rough patch is not made any easier by watching the exciting and beautiful lives of others that are played out on social media websites. Neither is it enhanced by the negativity of those looking for pity. Prior to these last couple of weeks, I was a slave to “the Book” and caught myself saying things like, “I have to catch up on Facebook” before scrolling for an hour. That would lead to feelings of “wow, my life is boring” or “I wish I was able to hang out with all my friends too”. It just wasn’t healthy!

This hiatus isn’t permanent. I want to see photos of the people who make my life full. I want to stay in touch with those far away. I want to be connected; in a positive, fulfilling, and meaningful way. This little experiment has been liberating and I’m not ready to give up that freedom yet. But soon.

Are you a slave to social media? Does it consume you or are you able get away when you want to? What are your strategies for managing your time and emotional input?