Depression and Creativity

Depression and Creativity

Depression and creativity really don’t go well with each other. Some people will never fully recover from the effects of depression either. You can do all the self-care, coaching, counseling, health, medication, whatever… and still, be sad.

I ache for these people because I understand it personally and I am not ashamed to admit this. It usually not tragedy that takes our life, it is shame–and I refuse to carry this kind of burden anymore.

But what if I told you that if you could put that depression on pause long enough to do something, that no matter how bad things got, you could never doubt what you’ve created is an utter masterpiece?!

What if you took a vacation from your lies, exhaustion, and deception, just for a while, because just around the bend was the success you’ve always known is inside you?

What if, finding the strength to persevere is a sacrifice (because it feels that way for the struggling) that will benefit the world long after you’re gone? Pulling out the source of your creativity and genius to pass on to others is a responsibility that most people with depression face. It is your responsibility to grow, nurture, and give the world your wisdom. Yet, in the moments or weeks of severe depression, we don’t think we are very wise.

Regret kills us.

All the “I’m sorry’s” destroy’s us.

All the despair annihilates us.

All the nights we wish we could time travel to make it right makes us feel insane and hopeless. Which unfortunately can make creativity and purpose a totally incapable state of being. But that is a lie.

What if you powered past those typical symptoms and made shit happen?! Yeah! What if you did THAT this year?! There are only about 8.5 months left of 2019, and at the end, you could receive this fantastic gift of satisfaction.

I don’t believe that most people who suffer may ever truly recover, but you can find success even in your sadness. I have. I know it’s possible. And the funny thing is, we often do heal and get happier! Only you know how to get past the things that for some of us will never go entirely away. You do have the answers you seek which is why self-reflection and asking for support in these times is necessary. Don’t do all of this on your own, please.

I think we wait for our perfect moment that never arrives.

-Alley Jean

How are you going to live life this year so you can create success no matter how bad things are? It’s so painful for those of us who experience life in this way and have so much inside of ourself that lay dormant. The creativity sits there, challenging us, yet it feels more like mocking.

The truth is, over 350 MILLION people will suffer from depression this year. Wow. Yet all of those people feel alone. You are not alone because the numbers speak for themselves—But I know it feels that way.

The most exceptional people in history struggled with this same ailment but still graduated to being that person we look up to. How did they do it? They just do it. They know their purpose is worth finding and accomplishing. They know it is more significant than their struggle. So they just do it anyways! They see the power to succeed when they don’t know how to do it and move forward. They believe in themselves even when everything in their head says otherwise.

I feel for you if this article resonates on a personal level. I know you. I want to give you a big huge hug, but what you really need is a kick in the arse.

Even if you don’t remember your purpose in full detail, don’t you realize you can’t know until you enter and participate in the journey?! It’s a jungle out there, and the people who history writes about are the ones who suffered the most. Those who felt the most lonely. Those who felt misunderstood. Those who wanted more and took it. They are the humans who matter and take the heat for the rest of humanity. They are the names on the wall and the thoughts in our hearts. Maybe one day we will talk and write about you. But, we won’t if you keep hiding your brilliance. Creativity and the gifts you were born with have a matter of responsibility, and when we give way to our troubling habits, we are acting in complete dishonor to our destiny. The world is waiting for you to step up or step out, it’s your choice. #unicorntruth

Alley Jean

Brand Identity Artistry & Web Design Strategist

Livestreaming is Hell – Or is it the best thing thing ever?!

Livestreaming is Hell – Or is it the best thing thing ever?!

My heartbeat was racing, and it seemed like I could feel every nerve and electric current in my body as I chose to GO LIVE on social media. You would have thought I was about to receive an injection at the doctor!

My last thought as the countdown began was, “I look terrible and don’t know what to say, I wish I would not have pushed this Livestream button. ugh!” There I was in front of the entire world looking like a fool and feeling less like an expert with every second. The time felt like a warp in my mind and was I breaking out in hives? “This was a mistake.” I thought as words came out of my mouth that I could not hear or process. It felt as if I was in a dream. “This is not going to be easy,” I thought.

Moreover, it has not been easy for me or anyone in the beginning. Going LIVE on any platform is difficult until we have done it many times. Just like riding a bike, you fall, and you get back up and ride again. I have seen professional actors and famous entrepreneurs show up LIVE and have awkward moments, screwups, connection issues and more! Having second thoughts and butterflies is not only for the inexperienced!

So let me tell you why you should go LIVE, how you can do it, and where you should do it.

If your brand needs more visibility livestreaming is the best way to accomplish this goal. All video shares on social media, your website, emails, and webinars, will get seen 55%+ more views than a traditional post. You can trust a company much easier when meeting the owner and Livestreams are the best way to meet people at the moment all over the world.

Traditionally the amount of “touches” it took for a sale to go through from the first moment they saw your solution online was around ten. When using Livestreaming as a communication tool on social media, the number of “touches” drops significantly to five times instead of ten! So what might have taken you ten weeks to complete a sales cycle now comes full circle in 5 weeks.

Creating relationships, driving home your critical messages of why your service or product is a solution to your ideal client is done best by video. Picture you and me in a room, and I am explaining all of this to you in person. We are drinking tea, everything chillaxed, and you are getting to know the real me, and you kind of dig my personality and are paying attention more to what I am trying to say. You see me; you are a part of my small circle while we Livestream! (It is hard not to love a unicorn) Well, the kind of experience we get closest to when it comes to an in-person meeting would be talking to our audience LIVE.

You begin to make more profits and people start to seek you out instead of the old scenario of you hunting customers down until you feel happy and relieved with your success and wait for the loop to start the hunt all over again.

You learn about yourself and start attracting ideal clients, opportunities, and authentic collaborations.

You begin to speak your truth, talk about your process, service, products, skills, and background story with ease. If Oprah shows up unannounced, you’ll be ready!

Videos get you SEEN in a congested world of “look at me! Look at me!” and you will begin to stand out and rise up in the world!

Google loves video content on your website, and with regular vlogs (video blogs) they will start moving you up the ranks!

Again, bringing someone into your immediate circle LIVE is a personalized and high-level approach to marketing and sales. People will appreciate you and no matter how fearful it feels someone watching is going to think you are a badass!

HOW + Where:

Facebook – From any smart device go to the video icon in a typical post area and click on it to be taken to the next screen to input your title, check how you look and add any tags. From here, you will press the GO LIVE button at the bottom! There is a 3-second countdown. Moreover, in the end, you have the option of posting and downloading your video to social media and your device. A ton of people watch #replays of your, and you can repurpose these videos by adding them to blogs and sending them out in emails for marketing and sales.

Instagram – You can only Livestream on this social media platform from your phone or tablet, and you have an hour to do it whereas other platforms you can stream indefinitely. You may also download your video at the end if you choose to.

Twitter – Available on your smartphone or tablet app, you choose the red and aqua Periscope Live Icon in your post. After clicking the icon, you see a screen where you can check lighting and add your title, then press the red go LIVE button! Easy peasy.

Periscope – You can access Periscope directly on their website or by clicking their aqua and red icon in the post. These people are leading the way when it comes to Livestreaming and strives to improve LIVE sharable moments globally. Facebook has always been my jam, but I am looking to up-level to Periscope immediately following this posting.

1. Try to have good lighting and invest in ring lights for your phone, tablet, and studio space. The light source should be in front of you.
2. Have a good sense of humor when it comes to being imperfect. Your phone is going to slip and fall, you may show up upside down, and your connection will fail at some point.
3. Make sure all your software and apps are always up to date! The first thing to be affected by old software is safety, audio, and app connection.
4. You can’t mess up being yourself, so please show up as you and not some alter-ego, super perfect, and “dressed to the nines” you… people want the authentic experience which is why Livestreaming is so popular.
5. Practice every week no matter what!
6. Start a list of topics, show & tells, and educational information you can start sharing with the world right now.

There is no perfect moment to begin experimenting with these Livestreaming tools for your business. It will only get you to where your going faster and isn’t that what you want?

Ready for more support with your online visibility and global brand identity? Let’s do this together! Find out more about Alley Jean and working with her 1:1 to bring your dreams to the world’s stage! Book a call with Alley Jean today to discuss your creative business goals.

Thanks for your support all these years everyone! I value you so much. Feel free to leave comments. I love them.



Brand Identity Architect, Web Designer, Online Business Strategist, Online Visibility Coach & Mentor (and unicorn)

PS. If you have any personal emotions of doubt, shame, or fear of failure… you’re need to read this POST ABOUT SHAME and how it can destroy your career.