"Most great things start off sucky. Don't believe me? Close your eyes and think back to that first episode of New Girl. "
I thought the made-up quote above was appropriate for my very first post because, I warn you now, this might be a tad sucky : )
But suckiness aside, I'd like to first of all, introduce myself- I'm Paula and I love to write, daydream, and make short films.
I'm still working on getting good at the making short films and writing stories part- but I've got that daydreaming thing in the bag- woo hoo!
I've noticed though, that anytime I endeavor to take on a creative task, there's usually some well-meaning critic (among family or close friends) who feels the need to point out every thing that might go wrong.
Do you have a few of those types in your life too?
I appreciate their concern because I'm sure it comes, partly, from a good place (and the other part of it from not so good a place if we're going to be honest) but I'm working on learning to push aside negativity and move in the direction of my projects.
What do you do to push aside negativity (from self and from others)?
One thing I've unintentionally started to use is "The Polite Insult".
It's the craziest thing...I didn't realize I was doing this until a friend pointed it out.
She was going on and on about something (concerning me) and I really wanted her to stop talking, but I don't usually yell at people to "shut ittttt!" because that's just kinda rude, so I kept smiling and telling her, "thanks...thanks, no...really thanks- THANK YOU!!!"
She laughed and said, "You're saying thank you when you really mean shut up!"
Until she said that, I hadn't noticed that I do that.
But, she's so right...I do it a lot...I wonder if it's a southern thing, because I'm from Louisiana, and we tend to try (a bit over-zealously) to be polite to people, even when we're angry.
So, I'm going to start listing all of the "polite-insults" I use in YouTube videos that you can either watch for a quick laugh or um...I guess ...not watch.
Yeah, this is such an awesome first post!
So, again, what do you do to counteract negativity?
Give me a few of your tips, I'd love to try them out : )
Here's that first video- enjoy!