PHLEARN MagazineIssue 1: Beginning & Believing: How to Get Started

Issue 1: Beginning & Believing: How to Get Started

Launching into a new creative endeavor is often marked by fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt; the sum of which lead some to not dare begin at all. But we know that starting somewhere has to start somewhere. So, throughout June, PHLEARN Magazine will explore the topics of Beginning & Believing: How to Get Started. We’re glad you’re starting with us.

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You’re nearing your edge, the place you’ve learned to expertly avoid but, nevertheless, return to time and time again. Procrastination, uncertainty, and self-doubt have done a marvelous job of keeping you from it, yet curiosity and desire deliver you right back to this provocative line in the sand.

Beyond it, just one step in, you can make out a vague picture of the work you’re hoping to create. But, because it’s blurry, you easily exchange it for something more immediately accessible and instantly gratifying.

Not anymore.

There’s something here for you that you are meant to face. To address. To create.

At this point, you might feel nervous or excited, or both. That’s a good sign – emotion will serve the beginning of your creative endeavor.

Throughout June, we will be sharing articles and interviews focused on how to cross the starting line. (We’ll get to the finish line eventually.) You’ll read of the triumphs and failures from fellow creatives who humbly share stories about their starts. These stories will push you toward your creative edge, leading you back to that line in the sand any time fear or uncertainty finds you retreating to your comfort zone. We believe your greatest moments take place outside of your comfort zone. And that’s where we’re going.

I hope you’ll join us.

Dane Johnson
Editor, PHLEARN Magazine

PS: Would you like to share your story in PHLEARN Magazine? Tell us what you have in mind by filling out this form.

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Phamily Contribution

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What did one of your creative beginnings look like?

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Dane Johnson

Dane Johnson was the former Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helped creatives share their stories. Dane currently is the co-founder of Clementine Coffee Roasters and he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.

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