Blogger, textile maker and design goddess Justina Blakeney knows a thing or two about being a creative #girlboss. From her Jungalow empire to that signature boho style, her personal branding is 100 percent authentic and oh-so inspiring. She hit the stage at Re:Make 2016 to talk to us about her creative process and how to take your personal brand to the next level, all without being too tough on yourself. Check out the four things we learned from her talk.
1. Be authentic, not “original.” In a world where everything has been done before, it’s hard to find a way to make something your own. Believe it or not, being “original” is something Justina struggles with on the regular. Instead of letting it get to her, she focuses her energy on being authentic and 100 percent her. And since no two people are exactly alike, originally comes naturally as a result. As you can see from her blog, textile empire and incredible Instagram feed, it is totally working for her.
2. Bring personality to your craft. Ever have one of those days where you just can’t get your creative sh*t together? Don’t sweat it! Justina says that the best way to get over those creativity blockers is to bring as much of yourself that you can to whatever project you’re working on. That means embrace your flaws, strengths and ALL of you.
3. You do you, girl. Infusing your personality into every project, and just life in general, will create the authenticity you need. Justina says doing this will make you relatable, help you to stand out and give you the integrity you need to keep on keeping on with your boss lady self.
4. Dance it out. Being creative is tough work! Instead of letting it stress you out, step back, take a breath and just dance it out. Keeping yourself moving and letting go will help the real stuff come out naturally.
What are your best #girlboss stories? Share them with us @BritandCo!