ANNA PENG

From Not Doing It To Doing It Every Day

Three types of creative commitments: 

1. Not doing it at all. The type where we wait for the moment to force us to sit down so that we can finally get to the work we want to do, only the moment never really arises.

2. Doing it sometimes. Only when we believe it’s going to be a cool piece of work. It’s casual, like a phase, and then it’s gone again.

3. Doing it every day. This is the type where we get serious. This is a commitment we’re willing to make so that we can be better, more intentional creatives.

There are no options that are better than the other, just different.

With that said, if you’re a writer, an illustrator, or a designer, the Habit Factory is beginning it’s very first cohort this Monday, October 19th and there’s 5 more days left to sign up. If you’re ready to commit to the third type of commitment, I hope you check out our website at www.thehabitfactory.space


Up From Here

A struggle for everything.

I’m addressing feelings of plateau. There comes a point in many things where we feel at a standstill or we don’t know where to go next. 

It’s like in exercise where we have to up the weights, or when we have to add new songs to our old playlists to keep them interesting.

Or maybe it’s the feeling when we finally finish a really good book. Or when we seek for new jobs even when the old one was just fine.

We seek change because we know there’s something we’ve outgrown.

And the only way we get to this plateau is if we’ve done it enough times to say that it’s enough.

For me, it’s writing every day.

I’ve made subtle changes to how I start my pieces every morning in the past, and I’m in the search for ways to make it better.

And it’s that: the search for more.

There’s a next up that I’m looking for. It’s not going to be big, flashy, or worth announcing, but it’s in my belief that it will help me do better work.


Making Adjustments

I want to live healthier and exercise every day. The reality is that I don’t, and with my life I don’t give it nearly enough time and importance as it should have.

A while ago, I wanted to keep Double Cow going, but the reality for that is I’m not running it as actively as I’d ideally want to because I can’t make the time while working at my parent’s restaurant. It had to be stopped.

I traded off finding remote design-related jobs as a recent grad so that I could spend more time with my family.

Things don’t always go our way, so we make adjustments.

These days I’m opting for a 5-10 minute exercise period instead of an hour long one.

I’m using social media as my creative outlet on @greatfountain and @habitfactory.space instead of making things.

Best of all, the adjusted things worked out. It’s not ideal, as few things are, but it’s working for me and that’s what matters.

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