Taking Ownership of Your Creative Domain
Sometimes it just feels easier to let others take responsibility for things in our lives, doesn't it?
Whether it's the white knight fantasy that some hunk in a sports car will pay off our student loans, or that suddenly our creative genius will be discovered without our having to hustle and do the work, it can be easy to let go of ownership of parts of our lives.
I'm afraid to admit I learned that the hard way last week.
A few friends and wonderful readers emailed me to let me know what my website was down, and the notice said that my domain name had expired.
You can imagine my little spark of panic when I went to go check on the state of things.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time that this had happened.
Last year, right around this time, my hosting company forgot to renew my domain even though I had already paid all of my invoices.
I also learned that they were actually hosting my site in a way that meant that I wasn't listed as the owner and had no control of what happened to my domain name.
You'd think that I would put on my big girl heels and my best corporate negotiating face and take care of the problem then and there.
Well, as I'm sure you know by now: I didn't.
Because I didn't choose to take ownership of the situation then and there, the same problem has manifested itself again this year.
Yes I could go on about the unreliability of the host, etc.
But instead of letting things slide, I'm taking control and going through the process of taking full ownership of the situation AND my domain.
It's an interesting metaphor for life in general, as well as our personal creative practices.
So this week I encourage you to reflect on the areas in your creative process where you're giving away your power and ownership.
Are there ways that you can lovingly but firmly negotiate those things back into your realm?
I encourage you to begin that process, even if it feels icky and easier to just let slide.
Own your creativity, own your voice and own your domain (both literally and figuratively)!
Here's hoping you have a wonderful week of owning your potential and creativity!
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I feel your pain. We learned this hard lesson 8 years ago when we wanted to switch hosting companies. "What do you mean I don't own the contents of my website?!??"
I've since become obsessive (possessive?) about our website hosting, ownership and backups. I want control of everything!
I love reflecting on this as a metaphor. It's so much easier to let someone else be responsible when things go wrong, when the ownership truly lies in our own court.
If we own it, we can change it. :)
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