You can do this.

You can do this. Something I have repeated to myself over and over through the months of building Paper & Practice. At 24, it's easy to feel like I can't do "this". Whatever "this" is. 

So if you're feeling overwhelmed by your to-dos, the pressures of launching or running your business, or starting that new project, here are some ways I reminded myself that I can do it, and you can too: 

Lists. Everything can seem urgent and high priority in your head. Jot it down in a list, starring the actionable items that you can realistically get done today. Things seem more manageable on paper than bouncing in your head.

Support. Invest your time telling people about your new venture who will be just excited as you are. There will be a few skeptics, which can be helpful but when it comes to telling people about the beginning stages of your project, choose the people who will be behind you and supportive.

Ask for help. I was going to say you can’t do this on your own. But that’s a lie, you can do this on your own. But you sure can do it even better with an extra set of eyes and opinions. Even if you’re doing all the heavy lifting in the beginning, know when to ask for help.

Be open to criticism. People have opinions, which will result in the growth of your business. When it’s all you’ve been working on for months, criticism can feel hurtful, like someone is attacking your baby. But, if received (and dished out) correctly, know that criticism could be that thing that gives you the energy to propel to the next level.

Cut yourself some slack. There’s no way you can be perfect. There’s no way your business can be perfect. At the end of the day, if you have worked your butt off, taken care of your clients, and have been kind, then that’s a win.

You can do this. Heck, we can do it together. So pour yourself that glass of wine, sit down at your computer, and get to work. Not because your life depends on it but if it's the right kind of work, then your heart depends on it. 

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