Not Everything Comes Easily to Everyone: 3 Ways (and Reasons) to Replace the Word "Easy"

Not Everything Comes Easily to Everyone: 3 Ways (and Reasons) to Replace the Word "Easy"

I've been noticing a trend as of late that revolves around the word "easy." Have you seen it too? That word: easy. It's showing up in blog posts and article titles and is thrown around in a way that can only be categorized as careless.

I try to be pretty careful with my own use of the word—especially when it comes to describing a craft, skill, hobby or process. Certain things do come easily(ish) to me, but I know that my comfort level may have come with practice or predisposition. And others have strengths in areas that are completely foreign to me. What comes easily to them, I may never master.

Because the term can oftentimes do more harm than good, I've come up with a few ways to avoid it all together:

Simply replace the word "easy" with the word "simple."
While the two are synonymous, the word "simple" conveys a lack of difficulty without sounding presumptuous. This particularly comes into play when describing a project. A "simple" project might consist of very few steps or necessary materials. We all have different skill sets and abilities, right? Therefore, I'm not sure any project is really "easy" for everyone out there.

Work to demystify a process or skill.
Some skills or hobbies might take a lot of practice or research, yet I still see the word "easy" applied to them all the time. If something has more than three steps, I'm not sure it really qualifies as easy. This can be remedied by clarifying the language surrounding the process you're trying to demystify for others. You can oftentimes take what you've learned and simplify it for whatever audience or group you're trying to reach. And they'll thank you for it!

Find solace in others who have walked the same path.
They say that misery loves company, but I've found that shared experiences are simply more powerful much of the time. Be real with those around you about whatever experience you're trying to describe. If it wasn't easy for you, it probably wasn't easy for others. Additionally, those who might walk a similar path in the future will probably find comfort knowing that it wasn't easy for you at first, either.

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So, can we all agree to take it easy with "easy?" I feel like we all owe each other a softer, kinder, gentler take on life's journeys, but I'd love to know your thoughts on the matter.


Building a Book: Sharing the Stories of Others

On Interviewing Others // jenniferesnyder.com

Here's the thing about asking people questions: it's not as easy as it seems. When interviewing others, I get a little squirmy. They often have a general idea about the questions I'm going to ask, but I never really know what their answers will be. Yet, that unknown is what makes the act of sharing stories so darn great.

I've interviewed people with incredibly successful ventures and I've interviewed new creative business owners who are just starting to see their ideas take shape. Please note: I happen to think that both are equally important. Because when it comes to telling personal stories, even the tiniest details matter, even the shortest stories can make a difference and even those who are rarely heard are mighty in their own lives.

And that's why you can expect to find a lot of interviews in Yes, You Should Try That. I am no expert and don't pretend to be knowledgable in all things. Luckily, there are others out there who have much to share. So, I'll be gathering stories—told by those who have lived them—to create a book full truth, real conversations and knowledge gained through experience.

I've had numerous conversations over the last few years about taking risk, not knowing where something might lead, fear of failure and more. The common theme that lives at the core of these discussions is that very few of us end up walking the path that we originally set out on. Our lives—both personal and professional—tend to zig in seemingly strange directions and then zag back to a newly carved groove somewhere down the line.

It might be terrifying, but this perpetual zigging and zagging is more common than we all think. We simply need to talk about it more often. We need to share it openly and without reservation. I intend to celebrate these conversations and stories in the book.

I really think you're going to like it, friends.


Creating Your Own Path - Episode 16 - Preston Tillotson + Tyler Robinson

Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson of Sudz by Studz.

Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson of Sudz by Studz.

Meet Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson, everyone! They're the makers behind a very successful line of artisan skincare products, Sudz by Studz, and they were kind enough to join me on today's episode to talk creativity for a bit.

Both Preston and Tyler have very diverse backgrounds and I found it so interesting to hear how their journeys led them to soap making. If you're interested in turning a hobby into a business, want to know how a philosophy student and musician came to become soap makers or just love learning more about creating products for sale, this is the show for you. 


FAVORITE QUOTES:

"Know your brand. It's much easier to create if you know who you are, what you're making and who you're making it for." --Preston Tillotson  //  CreatingYourOwnPath.com
"Don't sit around waiting for someone to tell you that you can do it. You have to be proactive." --Tyler Robinson  //  CreatingYourOwnPath.com 

LISTEN:

Today's show brings me to ThinkHouse Collective to chat with Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson, owners of Sudz by Studz. Together they create artisan skincare products and I am so inspired by their story.

Listen in as we chat about how they went from a contestant on The Voice (Tyler) and a student of philosophy (Preston) to becoming professional soap makers, the new company they've just acquired, their incredibly wise advice to those just starting out. Happy listening! 


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