Why have I been so quite lately, you ask? Well because these last few weeks were a struggle. I was feeling lost in a sea of self-doubt and constant questioning. So this past weekend I did some soul searching and decided to make a few pivots blog-wise. I’ll be adding some new series and writing on topics that hopefully will relate to other creative individuals out there, especially those who may be struggling creatively or in need of a creative boost. Hello, if that’s you – I’m so happy you’ve made your way over here! We now can be best friends, because guess what? We all have our off days when we feel alone and contemplate throwing in the paintbrushes and sketches. My wish is that together we can support and encourage one another, while we turn our dreams of living a creative life into reality. Despite what my come – triumph or failure, acceptance or rejection – we know that our dreams are worth chasing. So without further adieu, I’d like to introduce to you a series, I am ecstatic to begin – Cultivating Creativity!
Allow me to explain the concept behind the series a little further. Though it can be difficult to define, I believe that creativity is that spark inside us that moves us to create, to express, to share. It’s that sensation we feel when we are in the zone or when we step back to see what we’ve made and realize it tells a story. Creativity is the portal of self-expression and storytelling and it make us who we are. Think about that for a sec. It makes us who we are…artists, painters, designers, teachers, scientists and so on. Creativity is a part of us.
…a fragile part of us. Here is an example: A few weeks we were playing a game that required drawing various words. We all had a good laugh at everyones drawings, but throughout the entire game my mom would comment, “I am so not creative” and the like. After the game was over she told us that when she was in grade school, she used to cry to her best friend to help her with her art projects. She believed that didn’t posses one ounce of creativity. I am sure many of you can relate. As a child we proud displayed our drawings and paintings – we weren’t fearful of critique or rejection. Some of us may have dreamed of being an artist one day. However, as we grew up, we started listening to the inner voice that told us we weren’t good enough and became more self-conscious and sensitive. I think many people chuck their creativity badge right here and never look back. That makes me sad to think of those who lost confidence in their creativity at such an early age. So I’ll say it again, creativity is a fragile part of us.
However, if you are reading this post, I’m guessing that you haven’t lost your creativity and are well aware of the role that being a creative plays in your life. Chances are, though, that you have felt uninspired or questioned your creativity or wondered if you truly can be the artist or designer you dream of becoming. So, I purpose, if something is a part of us, a fragile part at that, doesn’t that mean that we should also care for it? Exercise it? Listen to it? Support it? Encourage it? Cultivate it? Let’s look at the definition of cultivate. To cultivate means to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, creativity) by labor and attention. Okay, yes, I threw in creativity with plants and crops, but it works just the same. We can’t create our best work, if we are constantly trying to hide our story from the world because we are scared of being judged or making a mistake. Plants and crops can’t grow in hostile, under nourished environments, they need to be watered and nurtured. This is exactly what Cultivating Creativity is all about – learning to sort through the weeds of doubt and excuses and pulling them out, so that our creativity can flourish.
Yes, our creativity may be fragile and sensitive, but it is so much more than that. It is that important part of us that sparks, fuels, and inspires us. It’s essential to us; it helps us tell our stories and express our emotions. I hope that this new series bring us together to toss those negative thoughts and doubts aside and replace them with encouragement, support and nourishment. Let’s start cultivating our creativity!
I bet you are wondering what you can expect from Cultivating Creativity? Well, I have a multiple pages in my notebook filled with ideas like quotes, lessons, stories, links, and resources filled with inspiring and encouraging messages. I am hoping to add interviews with other creatives as well down the road. Is there anything right off the bat that you would like see? I am so excited to begin this series and I hope you will join me!
What are your thoughts on creativity? How do describe you creativity? Can you relate to a time when you became sensitive about your creative work? How you did overcome it? I’d love to know your thoughts – hit me up on Twitter or let me know via the comments!