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Out Of Office: Connecting To Your Creative Self Outside Of Work

We've entered the season of automated email responses and out of office celebrations.

It's a time to reconnect with that idea of balance. So between holiday weekends and summer Fridays, this time of year is one of the best periods to regroup and refocus your energy on refining your brand's messaging and story. 

Sometimes it's as simple as slowly backing away from your desk and rediscovering the driving (creative) force behind your professional motivations. Our interviewees on The Style Line and clients here at CONNECT(ED)ITORIAL are living proof of the value that comes with reconnecting to your creative self outside of work. So before we personally sign off for the 4th of July holiday weekend here are a few points that will help you do just that.

“As I build GALERIE.LA, connection means staying true to the purpose of the platform which is to ultimately create a positive change within the fashion industry. Disconnecting seems to be the best way for me to remain creatively inspired. Not completely but the internet purges to see what everyone else is doing don't seem to help creativity flow. Whenever I need doses of inspiration I go to museums/ galleries, bookstores, and getting out in nature helps tremendously. My internet go-to's are Tumblr and Trendland for visual inspiration. Attending workshops and events that are geared towards sustainable fashion are the best boost of energy and rejuvenation to push me towards continually building GALERIE.LA. The conversations for change with great minds is invaluable. The idea of community on and offline keeps me grounded and working towards my goals.” - Dechel Mckillian, GALERIE.LA

“As I build GALERIE.LA, connection means staying true to the purpose of the platform which is to ultimately create a positive change within the fashion industry. Disconnecting seems to be the best way for me to remain creatively inspired. Not completely but the internet purges to see what everyone else is doing don't seem to help creativity flow. Whenever I need doses of inspiration I go to museums/ galleries, bookstores, and getting out in nature helps tremendously. My internet go-to's are Tumblr and Trendland for visual inspiration. Attending workshops and events that are geared towards sustainable fashion are the best boost of energy and rejuvenation to push me towards continually building GALERIE.LA. The conversations for change with great minds is invaluable. The idea of community on and offline keeps me grounded and working towards my goals.” - Dechel Mckillian, GALERIE.LA

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone:

You can broaden your brand by broadening your mind. Take the time to explore new places or ideas that will diversify your perspective. The simple act of making time to visit a new gallery, or sitting down to flip through a magazine will only sharpen your approach to storytelling while simultaneously giving you an excuse to indulge in some FUN off-duty activities! After all the lines between work and play are almost obsolete. So open yourself up to the possibility that time away from the office can still add immense value to your professional endeavors. 

“To me, connection means unplugging. It means finding time to step away from my computer, my phone, my iPad - from the noise that sometimes drowns out the creativity - to think, reflect, and ideate. I think the most powerful way to connect is to disconnect. It is in those moments that I am able to step back and find clarity. It is in those moments that my mind is free to think and not just react. It is in those moments that I feel most creative - and I work on finding them as often as I can.” - Alexa Buckley, co-founder of MARGAUX

“To me, connection means unplugging. It means finding time to step away from my computer, my phone, my iPad - from the noise that sometimes drowns out the creativity - to think, reflect, and ideate. I think the most powerful way to connect is to disconnect. It is in those moments that I am able to step back and find clarity. It is in those moments that my mind is free to think and not just react. It is in those moments that I feel most creative - and I work on finding them as often as I can.” - Alexa Buckley, co-founder of MARGAUX

Digital/Detox Is the New Work/Life Balance:

For digital storytellers, this may be the most important takeaway from this article. Screen time may signal that you're working harder, but it doesn't necessarily mean you're working better. Finding time to be creative away from your devices is truly humanizing and allows you to not only reconnect with your creative side, but reconnect with others. That in itself will inevitably have an impact... 

“Connection to me can change based on where I'm at in my life but one way it always remains constant is being connected with myself and my true desires. My creative needs are quite connected to my gut, I've always been extremely creative so I try to be in creative spaces as much as possible. I also find visual creativity is important, I spend a good amount of time looking at magazines, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest just for visual stimulation. I also surround myself with other creative people that challenge and push me, their creativity encourages mine and we feed of each other. When I focus on having creativity in my life I feel more connected to my community, I personally feel more excited and inspired which I believe my community picks up on and in turn feeds off of as well.” - Mary Young, Lifestyle designer

“Connection to me can change based on where I'm at in my life but one way it always remains constant is being connected with myself and my true desires. My creative needs are quite connected to my gut, I've always been extremely creative so I try to be in creative spaces as much as possible. I also find visual creativity is important, I spend a good amount of time looking at magazines, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest just for visual stimulation. I also surround myself with other creative people that challenge and push me, their creativity encourages mine and we feed of each other. When I focus on having creativity in my life I feel more connected to my community, I personally feel more excited and inspired which I believe my community picks up on and in turn feeds off of as well.” - Mary Young, Lifestyle designer

Trust Your (creative) self:

Finally, what may seem the most obvious is at times the most difficult. But more often than not, it comes to down to simply trusting your creative voice. In a world dominated by a sharing economy and constant online noise, it can be hard to get back to the core of what you personally believe in. So, finding your way back to those intrinsic values is essential to a) reconnecting with what you believe in and allowing that to translate in both your personal and professional endeavors and b) in helping to tell your personal (and your brand's) story in a truly authentic way. 

- Rachel Schwartzmann