Violeta tells us how being different led her to creative projects, the reasons she doesn’t believe in writer’s block, and why new beginnings make her happy.
Violeta is a multi passionate writer and creative business owner from Bulgaria. Violeta is a rebel; She’s not likely to conform to business, marketing, or anything as usual, so she created a space for creative rebels like herself (We’ll learn more about that in a bit!).
What makes Violeta happy? There are two things that she could not survive without and make her super happy. First and foremost is writing. She’s been doing it since she was a little girl. She tells us it’s the only time during the day when she is completely silent and her mind doesn’t worry. For Violeta, writing is like meditation.
The second is new beginnings. Violeta gets so excited about them! This is why she is multi-passionate: she can’t make it a few months without something new happening. She wishes she felt similarly about finishing things but simply can’t bring herself to it.
Diving a bit into the idea of newness, why does it make Violeta happy? it makes her feel like she’s starting out fresh. The normal heap of worries or things she doesn’t want to think about it disappear for a bit and are replaced by a new thrill entering her life. As a routine, she tries to start new, small things year round. If she feels majorly bogged down, however, she makes a big change.
On that subject, one of the biggest projects or changes Violeta recently started was Conversations with Creatives. Because she sometimes feels we spend too much time isolated from others, this project allows her to meet people on Twitter and have coffee dates over Skype. It makes for great, insightful conversations that have helped her to discover new hobbies and try new things.
Violeta noticed she enjoyed connecting meaningfully with others in high school. She realized then she wasn’t like everyone else. So she took to fan fiction sites to read and write with others who were like her. Eventually she began to blog, use social media and discover her ideas. Ideas then led to projects—her favorite ‘new thing’ to begin.
Violeta learned the secret to success when she took a project that was too big to do on her own, and in the end she lost momentum. Now she knows she needs a safety net and people to make big projects work. It’s not that she minds failing, she just feels that she should learn from her past mistakes. (Want to know a bit more about her personality? Read about Capricorn/Aquarius in the horoscope. She right on the cusp and states they both define her nature to a ‘T’.)
Violeta loves creative projects, as you’ve learned. Unlike many people, Violeta doesn’t feel like she needs to make time for them. Au contraire—she feels as though she would not survive without doing the things she loves. She understood early on that working a 9 – 5 was not an option for her. Now she works hard doing what she loves and saves her money, just in case times get rough. Even if someone gave her $100,000, she’d probably move to the beach or something but still keep working. The idea of doing nothing makes her miserable.
Now back to talking about writing. From magazine articles to fan fiction, she attributes her personal success in writing to making it a habit. Because she never stops writing, Violeta feels she’s never gotten writer’s block. She does mention, however, she has many manuscripts tucked away in her desk. This may be because she’s waited too long to finish something or is writing a book that’s a lot to remember from chapter to chapter. In the end the most important thing is that she’s writing something she loves—although she admits she would feel fulfilled if she were to be published. And if people are touched by words she shares? Even better! She loves connecting with others through her writing.
Violeta’s ideal week would contain her current organized chaos. Whenever she feels the writing muse coming along, she stops what she’s doing and starts to write. She also gives herself focus points throughout the week to give her some consistency and get some work done. She would definitely include some more socializing, though. Although she doesn’t know what the future will bring, she will never let go of her business if she has choice. It has made her very happy.
What else makes Violeta happy? Her cat, eating eggs, memories of being in Rome with friends, and being published in a local newspaper as a kid. You can learn more about Violeta by visitng her website or Twitter. Check out her newest passion project: Creative Rebel Academy, where people come, leave the bullshit behind and put creativity back in their businesses.
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