This week we have an interview with Sarah Firth talking about building an approach for your work, which really means building an approach for your life!
Sarah is one of the most self-reflective and analytical people I know, and she’s turned her life into a well-oiled laboratory of one. Unlike me, who’s often tearing their hair out trying to squish all the bits of the life salad into the calendar container, Sarah is constantly planning, analysing and reevaluating what works for her. It's something I've always admired about her and wondered how to do, which is why I'm grateful she was willing to share all her golden strategising wisdom with us in this episode.
In this episode we talk about collecting data on yourself, redefining success, and why you shouldn’t pressure yourself to make money from your artwork.
After the response from listeners wanting to know how Sarah does what she does, Sarah actually put together a 58 page workbook (!!), Untangle Your Brain - Think On The Page. You can get a totally free draft of it by signing up to her monthly mailing list, (you'll get the link to download the workbook in the snazzy confirmation email). It's packed with the visual models, tools and methods she uses for sense making, remembering, self-soothing, clearing mental clutter and strategic thinking.
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And all the linky goodness for this episode:
- How to define your values
- The Comic Art Workshop Residency
- What is Graphic recording?
- What is a multipotentialite? (You can also check out Emilie Wapnick's TED talk on the subject)
- I apologise for saying "absolutely" in response to Sarah asking whether she could swear. I meant to say "abso-fucking-lutely". My sincerest apologies.
- Money Brilliant App: tracks your spending automatically. When you sign up you can also ask it to analyse your spending for the past year, so you have some data to work with immediately!
- Artists who inspire Sarah: Stefan Sagmeister, Michel Gondry, Lisa Hanawalt, Bjork collaborations, Brother McLeod, and Maira Kaulman