Issue 01: Done Over Perfect

Issue 01: Done Over Perfect


Done is better than perfect.

Welcome to the first issue of CollabCreate Community!

Launching a newsletter has been part of my plan for CollabCreate since I started this last year. I told myself I'd do it when I had 100 subscribers. That number came and went (and more than doubled) but I always had a list of reasons not to start it... time... perfectionism... fear of failure... the usual entrepreneurial spirit killers.

One of the biggest things I've learned in the process of bringing CollabCreate to life is that things constantly change. Does anything go exactly as we plan, or turn out just like we envisioned? Not in my world! Successful people succeed because they're willing to commit to action without becoming (totally) obsessed with the results.

There are millions of people out there with amazing ideas! But a tiny fraction of them make their ideas a reality. When we put off taking action on something, we get stuck in a fantasy world of "what ifs" or idealized outcomes. We're robbing ourselves of experiencing the full creative process. We're stopping our own growth by refusing to learn through doing.

So, here's my very public version of that. My first newsletter. Not perfect (in my mind) or the way I envision it existing forever. But done. I hope you find useful information here, and that you're inspired to take one step towards doing something you've been putting off... after you finish reading this, of course.

Thanks for being along for the ride, and for all the love and support from this amazing community!

Elle VanDyne, Community Creatrix
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currently reading

ideas + articles we found useful...

 The way this writer unpacks how corporate culture + the patriarchy trained us to respond to emails changed how I look at my Inbox (which you will probably realize if you've ever emailed me). Great read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by email + meeting requests.

Four black beauty entrepreneurs share their tips for creating success. Overcoming self doubt... social media... ignoring bad advice. You'll find a wisdom nugget here that applies to every creative business niche.

 Time management + the FOMO of missed opportunities. Who struggles with these? (If your hand isn't raised, we need a masterclass from you, plz.) Learn how to stop beating yourself up about the past and move forward by overcoming time management regret.

 As someone who deals with depression + anxiety on top of all the other things that come with being an entrepreneur, this story about the best way to spend really bad days gave me some great ideas for pushing through it. You can do it, too!
local podcast

what we're listening to this week...

Excited to announce the first ever podcast interview with CollabCreate founder Elle, hosted by the fantastic Baroness Bree of Fabulous Fuckery! We chat about making the leap from corporate to solopreneurship and other fab stuff.

Listen to "Episode 10: Collab Fuckery with Elle VanDyne" and subscribe to Fab Fuckery wherever you get your podcasts!

our recent features from the 'Gram

By the People 2019

Running June 15 - 23 in locations around DC, this FREE summer arts festival features exhibitions, events, and local culture. Don't miss it!

Learn more + get tix

behind the perfect photo

Behind the Perfect Photo

DC body-positive blogger and Lady Gaga superfan Dani Sauter shared her tips for creative photoshoots + what happens when things don't go as planned.

Read "That's Money, Honey"


free stuff, exclusively for our readers

Cannabis + CBD Talk

Ellementa CEO + co-founder Aliza Sherman talks all things cannabis + CBD, plus book giveaways, CBD-infused tea sampling from Rose Glow Tea Room and more.

Sacha Cohen gifted us two tickets for a CollabCreate member to snag! Follow Grassfed Media on IG + then DM them to enter.

Event details + tix

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Issue 02: That's Money, Honey

Issue 02: That's Money, Honey