What to do when you are in “the meantime”

Today I am sharing my thoughts with you about “the meantime.”   I know it sounds like I am saying “Maine time” in the video….I have such a hard time taping myself alone, argh! You should see how much editing I leave on the table (and a bit I left in at the end…)

The meantime is the period of time when you are on the path to your dreams. It is when you are working towards your goal. It is when you are building your body of work, testing your skill set or your expertise. This is the detailed building block phase of your creative career.

I know from personal experience that there are many days where you feel like you are traveling aimlessly in a circle.  YOU ARE NOT (it’s a rotary, haha! Ok, joking aside) All the hours you are working away, you ARE working towards something. You just might not be able to see it clearly yet. Hang tough and get your ducks in a row, your time is right around the corner.

In this video, I am giving some tips for you and your business while you are on your journey.

You know that I talk to a lot of people so, NO, this is  not you that I am referencing in the video…but if the link is broken…let’s fix it!

Thank so much for watching!

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  • http://www.gabriellabuckingham.com Gabriella Buckingham

    This made me laugh out loud.

    You could be speaking directly to me and no you weren’t too bossy ! :))

    • Monica Lee

      Yeah for laughing out loud!!

  • Sherri ohler

    This was GREAT! I lol-ed there at the end :D. Not too bossy. Just the right amount of authority and spurring on! Thank youuuuuuu :)
    Sherri Ohler

    • Monica Lee

      oh good! when you have a house full of boys…you have to get to the point!

  • http://www.rosehilldesigns.blogspot.com heather stillufsen

    Hi
    not bossy at all…I enjoyed it and you were straight forward. I got a lot out of this. thanks. I need to take your advice!

  • http://www.momma-harvey.com Leslie Harvey

    Oh wow… this speaks to me RIGHT NOW! Because, that’s how I feel… like I’m in between the beginning and something great.
    I have to say, your videos and interviews spark a fire in me every time I see them and I’m SO glad I found your site. You truly INSPIRE. Thanks for that. ;)

    • Monica Lee

      Yeah! I am glad you are getting inspired, Leslie

  • http://gaiacornwall.com Gaia

    Oh man, THIS is what I needed to hear today. Thank you! (Definitely not too bossy!)

    • Monica Lee

      HAHA! Oh good!

  • http://www.debmagelssen.com Deb Magelssen

    Your email came at a perfect time! Thanks for the suggestions and advice. I love your suggestion of focusing
    on what you are good at. I am still trying to narrow it down
    to what I love to do and what I am good at. I am getting better but it seems slow some days. Lol.
    I agree with you that creative people “love to do it all”. Been there, done that, and it isn’t fun. Being focused, and doing what you love and what you are good at can get boring at times but it is better for us and is less stressful as well. I think if you are in a bored rut, just tweat your plans a bit so as to not go off course of what your goals are. I guess it’s all about balance. I appreciate you!
    Thanks again! Great topic.
    Hugs,
    Deb

    • Monica Lee

      I am so glad you liked it, your response means a lot to me!!

  • http://www.CalimeraWeb.com linda

    great advice! thanks for sharing your thoughts and this definitely expands my to do list… LOL

  • http://www.creativegirlfriendspress.com Janice Brewster

    Monica, you’ve done it again: Popped into my email inbox with a smile and opened a big can of “Get it together, girl.” Thank you.

  • betz White

    You are awesome! :)

  • http://wistfulthinkings.etsy.com Meghan Davis

    Monica!! You are so great! Oooohh the meantime…the meantime…I know exactly what that is..! Thanks for upping my spirits! My biggest problem is getting my work done so I can actually HAVE a web presence…ohh the meantime! It’s a great time!! Thanks Monica, as always!

  • http://www.makememusical.com Susan Seale

    Dear Monica,
    Definitely not too bossy:)! Such practical, great advice. You are ever so wonderful and thank you for all these magnificent videos.!

  • http://wellerwishes.blogspot.com kathy

    You are fabulous! You are brilliant! You are SO RIGHT!

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  • http://www.gracefulworks.com Katie Keller

    Great video. Thanks for the words of encouragement and wisdom Monica!

  • http://www.ahteesdesigns.etsy.com Rose

    Lol. You’re adorable.

    I totally fall right into the whole “Oh, I’m so bored making this product.” But I tell myself it’s the only thing selling right now (sold over 300 of them in the last 3 months!) and I keep going. Right now, I’m just trying to figure out my next move and I think I will take your advice and re-examine my web presence.

    Love your videos. <3

  • http://lauraludwighamor.blogspot.com/ laura

    Wow! 20 comments already! The Meantime is a crowded place! : )
    Thanks Monica!

  • http://www.aprilheatherart.com April Heather Davulcu

    thank you Monica-JUST what I needed!!

  • http://www.modernprintcraft.com Elizabeth

    Thank you, Monica, for doing what you do. Every interview is inspiring and informative and you always seem to ask the questions that I, too, want to ask.

    This particular video made me laugh out loud, and once again, marvel at how you knew exactly what I needed to hear. Your bright spirit shines through in your videos and I am grateful to have stumbled upon your site (honestly, I don’t remember how I found you.) And you were definitely not too bossy!

  • http://www.mingusillustration.com cathi mingus

    Thanks for your talk on getting web presence together. I’m going to go over mine now and see if I can make it better. I love the last few seconds of your talk! so funny and real:)

  • http://twitter.com/ClareYWhite Clare Yarwood-White

    Great advice, thanks Monica! I also think it’s really important to check in regularly with your goals – revisit your plans at least monthly so you can steer in the right direction and stay motivated.  And no, not too bossy!! :)

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