“Miracles are available.” In the midst of an unpredictable year, this was a much-needed reminder from multi-hyphenate Jenni Pulos. During week two of BlogHer Biz, the actress, producer, author, host, and musician brought the laughs and plenty of inspiration for creators struggling to, well, create during the pandemic. In-between updates on her many ventures and a hilarious COVID-19-themed rap (with impromptu beatboxing to match), she emphasized the importance of resiliency and empathy, specifically when it comes to criticism from your audience or customer base.
“People are gonna say what they say. They’re gonna possibly not be on your side, but you have to stand in your truth.” In fact, she added, “If you’re being criticized, you’re probably doing something right.” You already know adversity is unavoidable, but this year, roadblocks seem to be everywhere. So remember to unplug and make time for activities that bring joy, too. The work-life balance can feel impossible, but striving for one still matters, even when you’re navigating a worldwide pandemic.
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“It’s been a real rollercoaster, but the good news is, when your content is good and you care, you will always come back,” she said. “We need comfort in this time and we deserve it.”
Speaking of content, the secret to sustaining your creativity is knowing that “you have to find the good in why we’re here and not give up” and trusting divine right timing. “My timing in my life has never been the timing I expected. I had my second child at 44. I was told I could never have a second child…but miracles are available.”
Pulos also outlined a few simple but effective tactics to activate when you need a reset:
- “Putting out ideas, even if it’s on paper for yourself.”
- “Creating a plan of what it is you want to do and going back to that”
- “Putting your focus where you want to be and not where you aren’t”
- And PATIENCE because this year, we are all somewhere we didn’t expect to be.
You’ve got your marching orders. Now go forth and flourish.
By the way, you can rewatch week two of BlogHer Biz (above) and if you haven’t already, register for BlogHer Biz so you don’t miss the rest of our monthlong workshop series for small business owners.