UNFINISHED

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks with the realization that the big dream you had as a child has never been fulfilled? I remember when I was 6 or 7 years old, I would sit all my dolls and stuffed animals on my bed, in audience style, and then I would roam about my bedroom talking to them. I wasn’t teaching, I was just sharing my little life with them. I loved doing this! Then it fizzled out. And it wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I realized that passion, that dream, had never died – it was just unfinished.

My dear friend Jason Smithers, whom I’ve known for years and have a somewhat embarrassing video of him in my possession that I may share here soon, has written a brilliant book called Unfinished. This masterpiece was penned to give you tools to, you guessed it… FINISH. I don’t know about you, but I need those tools!! One of the things I love about this book is that it is short and to the point. It’s like Jason is saying, look… we ain’t got time to waste here!

So, in Jason style, here is a short word from him. Also, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of his new book!!!

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“As children, creating was as effortless as breathing. We would doodle for hours and hours. We didn’t know what the word ‘editing’ meant. Why would we have changed anything? As we got older, our passions were pushed aside — for the busyness of life, for the fear of failure, for poor excuses. UNFINISHED is a guide for hopeful creative’s to reclaim their passions — to Dream, Complete and Repeat Their Life’s Work. Even when life gets busy and the excuses to NOT complete projects are endless, this guide will get you finishing projects and saying, “Done! What’s next?”

Originally, I didn’t set out to write a book. I didn’t have a lifelong desire to complete a work of non-fiction. I wrote a children’s book a year earlier, but that was more of a personal project for my daughter.

The desire to finish this book birthed out of something completely different than a bucket list item for me, and it’s this: I’m upset.

I’m upset that adults don’t call themselves artists because they deem their art not ‘good enough.’

I’m upset that adults feel alive when they work on personal projects, but it’s the FIRST thing to be removed from their busy schedules. 

I’m upset that according to a survey by Brit & Co, “77% of adults feel they’ve lost their creativity.”

I had a realization through being upset that I had inadvertently tapped into one of my life’s passions, and that is to teach adults how to Dream, Complete and Repeat Their Life’s Work; to pick up where they left off as children with the same fervor and tenacity to create. 

I approached this book like a dialogue between a friend and I. I wanted to make this feel like a “HEY YOU! Yea, YOU! Your work matters so let’s get to it!” to every reader. 

The book is a short guide for people from all walks of life to go from being stalled to prolific creators finishing projects and saying “Done, what’s next?”

I try to eliminate all the barriers an average person would have in working on their personal projects. Whether you are a person who’s always wanted to code a video game, a visual artist who hasn’t picked up a brush in years, or an aspiring songwriter, all the advice and tools in the book will help you toward completing your life’s work. 

I used all the tools and advice I give in the book to actually write the book, to prove that these methods can work for the average person. 

My biggest hope in getting people to finish their personal projects is for them to see how it impacts the world around them once it’s shared with their audience, friends and family. I think once people realize what an impact their work can make and how good it feels to have creating as part of our daily lives, they’ll pick up exactly where they left off as children.

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Tam here… I would love for you to share something in your life you feel is Unfinished. 
Leave a comment and get a chance to win a copy of Jason’s book!

2 thoughts on “UNFINISHED

  • This resonates with me big time. Definitely feel I’ve stopped my creativity as an adult for more important things.

  • I have so many Paintings started and not finished; I have my eldest 2 children’s scrapbooks finished but not my youngest who is 23…haven’t started my 3 grandchildren …party because I have no studio and am waiting for my husband to build me a treehouse studio! I. NEED. THIS. BOOK!

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