It’s tempting to pour all of our creative energy into our business. But our branding, marketing, and social media platforms are all there to help drive interest and awareness. We can’t do that by being boring.

Not only that, it isn’t healthy for our overall wellness to spend every ounce of creativity and idea-work on, well, work. A thriving, healthy business starts with thriving, healthy individuals. So for your sake and the sake of your business, take some time to live inspired.

Living inspired means filling your life with the things you love. Maybe it’s your family. Maybe it’s a hobby. Maybe it’s coffee. Whatever it is, take more time for those things. Be intentional about scheduling. Once you start living creatively, you’ll become a happier, more fulfilled person. And, lucky for you, that creativity and joy will overflow into your business. You will suddenly have more to write about. Your photos will be full of interesting adventures and fun experiments.

The space where you work can also have a large impact on your inspiration and mood. If your deskspace or office is covered in clutter, old candy wrappers, and year-old sticky notes, you probably won’t look forward to working there each day. But if your workspace is filled with items or notes or images that inspire you, if it’s cozy and full of creativity, you’ll be much more likely to enjoy the time you spend there.

When we use up our creative resources on nothing but work, we invite burnout into our lives. We bet one of the reasons you went into business for yourself was to have more flexibility in your schedule, more time with your family, more space to do the things you love. Maybe now is not the season of life to take that trip to Europe or go skydiving, but we bet you could find at least a little time to enjoy the things you love. Pour some joy back into your life and watch your creativity compound! In fact, that’s part of the reason alder|creative exists. Not only were we looking for more flexibility and inspiration in our own lives, we wanted to help relieve the pressure on other creatives and small business owners. Making time for the things you love may include delegating some of your responsibilities. That could mean hiring someone to manage your website, your brand, or your social media. alder|creative does all of these things so you can get back to what you love most.

Consider this your permission to take up a hobby, spend more time with your family, and develop a workspace nook that inspires you. Life is too short to not enjoy the people and activities we love.