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By Austin Baker • Issue #2 • View online
The best piece of advice I’ve received for overcoming burn out is to find another source that pours back into my creative bucket. Ideally, this would be a new hobby that has nothing to do with what I do for a living. Most of the hobbies that I have picked up over the years are a result of loving to make videos; so finding a completely different one is going to be challenging.

If you watched my 2020 recap video, you already knew I became re-addicted to playing video games. (Who knew staying at home would make me revert to a 13 year old) They are the perfect escape when I need a break from work. Mostly, the games I enjoy are ones I played as a kid; reliving these experiences make my heart feel young and takes me back to the time before responsibilities.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
I’m obsessed with feeling like a kid. I hate the idea that I have a house, work a 9-5, and pay taxes. I would rather go back to the days where I would get home from school and eat pizza rolls while waiting for my mom to get off work. Anything that recreates that feeling is something I long for each and every day. Feeling like a kid gives you a burst of inspirational energy that you don’t get from normal life.
I have lived in my house for over 2 years and I am just now starting to take pride in how the outside of my house looks. When I moved in, everything was perfect, but after two years of normal life, it’s time to start making it better. I have some big projects, like fixing up the front and back patio, but right now I’m obsessed with small projects I can complete in an afternoon:
  • Painting my second room
  • Modernizing the Garage
  • Kill the mole in my back yard
These small actions allow me to have the victories I need to feel accomplished. The downside is I keep putting off the larger projects/problems that I truly need to get done.
I would never call myself a perfectionist, but I am the hardest critic of my work. While creating, I second guess and challenge myself on every decision. (I literally rewrote this sentence like 3 times) The aspiration to make something as good as possible is the horcrux in my creative method.
“Perfectionism is a dream killer, because it’s just fear disguised as trying to do your best. It just is.” - Mastin Kipp
While creating for myself has me as a critic, once I start creating for someone else, there is a whole other demon: doubt. I have the hardest time overcoming the doubt that a client won’t like my work. I end up spend 2 or 3 times the amount polishing a project that honestly was close to perfect the first time. This never ending battle is what causes me to put off projects or scrap them completely.
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One of the hobbies I have reignited (that died after high school) is my love for reading. I hate reading books that don’t interest me, just like I hate wasting two hours on a movie that wasn’t worth it. One of the most inspiring books I’ve read recently is also the shortest book I’ve probably ever read. It’s called “Show Your Work” by Austin Kenton (great name) and it is all about living in the show off world that we do. Austin goes into detail that sharing your life through updates allows you to go back and relive those moments.
“Don’t try to be hip or cool. Being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with people who like those things, too.” - Austin Kenton
The coolest thing I got out of it is how everything you do is somehow super interesting to someone else. You could be a delivery driver for Amazon and have some of the most interesting stories to tell your family. It changed my perspective on my friends who are accountants; their job might seem boring from the outside, but they are flexing their creative muscles each and every day.
Thanks for taking the time to read all the way through to the end! I would love if you had any suggestions for good movies or tv shows to just send them to me via social media.
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