Salty Contributor: Alexandra Rae "Expectation Vs. Reality"


Thi month’s Salty Contributor (and our 2nd ever!) is Alexandra Rae. She is a salt sister with a passion for creativity and travel. Road tripping down Florida and living in her vintage WV combi, Alex is working on her writing and photography while exploring what it means to be a creative in a time where the pressure for “perfection” seems to be the name of the game.

I’m so proud to share her story on No Shoes No Worries, and to showcase her life of fearless adventure, self appreciation, creative curiosity, all while remaining elegantly feminine. Read on to hear her thoughts on why there never really is a perfect time to start or hit publish

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A Note On Creativity

I have a confession to make: I have this bad habit that often holds me back from expressing myself creatively. You may even be able to relate if you too, consider yourself a creative person… . I confess I often allow a self imposed expectation to produce “perfect” work to prevent me from producing anything at all.

The amount of stress and pressure I put on myself limits my ability to communicate what I desire to share with the world. So many of my ideas and interests fall to the wayside because they don’t immediately turn out exactly as I’d envisioned in my mind.

It’s something I’ve been working hard to overcome during the past year, and feel that I've made progress as I look back on my successes and failures with kinder eyes. 

The most difficult thing I’ve struggled with is just going for it!

And wow… it sounds so incredibly simple when I say it out loud. It’s only when I start over analysing that things begin to get complicated, and I find I'm constantly reminding myself to just start! Do something! Stop waiting for the “perfect moment” or until all the details are worked out in my head. How many things I worked on over the years and abandoned would be amazing by now if I’d just stuck with it?

As I’ve gained a little wisdom throughout my years, I’ve begun to notice that behind most “geniuses” is actually a journey of someone’s hard work, dedication and patience. It wasn’t necessarily perfection and ease from the start. Who would've thought!

I feel this “over analytic creativity” (definitely just made that up, but let’s roll with it) stems from a love of always noticing beauty in the world around me and appreciating the details.

I constantly have a vision of designs in my imagination, articles I’d like to write, photographs I could take, paintings I want to bring to life. It now takes me a decent amount of balance to remain more in the present moment while also going for it and going with the flow more whenever inspiration comes. 

I’ve been hearing quite a lot lately that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. I believe it needs to be said as much as possible. We all need daily reminders, mantras and habits to keep the fears and doubts at bay. Comparing ourselves to other’s career, personal life or creative journey only holds us back from reaching our own potential. The people we admire have struggled, have dealt with failures, rejections, they put in the work and pushed through the crap days. They did NOT just wake up one day, have it all figured out and end up exactly where they are today. It’s important to remember that ALL of our journeys are unique and worthy of the time and care it takes to cultivate and grow.  

My current commitment to myself is very simple; push through the doubt and just keep creating. Create for myself and create for the love it.

To use what I’ve got instead of keeping up with what others may have or be doing. To see where things may lead without always thinking of the end goal or desire. To not overanalyse myself and looks for flaws, but to just have fun with it! I’m committed to growing creatively, being a dreamer AND a doer.

I hope you will too.

Alexandra is still on the road, documenting her adventures in her WV Combi and sharing the stoke of creativity where she goes.You can follow all of her adventures on as well as her instagram account @overcoastvan and @alexitaa_