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creativity |ˌkrē-āˈtivitē| noun –  1) the state or quality of being creative.  2) the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.  3) the process by which one utilizes creative ability.

My joy-filled Nicho

My joy-filled Nicho

My husband often to tells me the way to see your soul is to stand on the threshold of the precipice and stick your neck out. Yesterday, I decided to do just that. I went to a class with Anado McLauchlin to learn how to make nichos. What a wonderful day it was!

First, let me say that I have never seen myself as particularly creative, even though I have a creative job. I thought everyone else was more creative than I. That anything I created could be done by anyone, I and my creativity were nothing special. This year, I am changing that. My resolution for this new year is to do something creative everyday, no matter what it is or looks like. It could be something as simple as making an amazing meal, making new business cards for my clients or shooting a cool picture, any and all things are up for grabs. I am changing the way I view creativity. And so far I’ve been doing pretty good.

When I read about Anado’s class, I instinctively knew I had to do it. I knew that being in his class, in his studio with all the amazingly creative people he attracts was the perfect thing I needed to kick-start this new year. I needed a creative injection so too speak and I was not disappointed. The joyful and fun energy of his class was incredibly contagious. I was energized, my creativity was flowing and I was happy. That’s the bottom line, I was happy. I experienced a completely different form of happiness in my creativity. I learned that creativity is fun and that’s a wonderful thing!

In my own studio, I’m always second guessing myself…thinking that my work looks like a “hot mess”. Even when people say they like what I am working on, I can’t see what they see. And it depresses me. Yesterday, I didn’t feel that way at all and when I was stuck, I didn’t go into that depressive way of being, I asked for help. I never thought to say to myself that everyone else is more creative than I. And that was amazing. I was able to step out of my box and see how joyful and wonderful my creativity can be when I let go of those crazy thoughts of second guessing myself or wishing I were more… well more everything positive that I think I’m not.

The reality is that we are all creative in one way or another even though we don’t think so. We all have different ways of being with our creativity that let our imaginations flow and that is key. A great way of doing that is taking a day to step out of our boxes we have put ourselves in and letting our creativity have a field day. Now THAT is way cool!

To see how Anado manifests his own wonderfully unique and joyful creativity, please visit his website at www.madebyanado.com or friend him on facebook.

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All you need is love-02410 smI awoke this morning to the sounds of light drizzle in the air. Softness abounds. I thank the heavens for my life, for giving me this time of transition and for loving me so very much.

I have come to realize that the most important thing for me is to live in Love. To let fear fall to the wayside, to shed it like the second skin it has become. I don’t need this fear anymore…it doesn’t serve me and never has.

Love is the antidote…

I heard someone say once before…”Love is the antidote that leaves the cloak of fear behind.” Truth has never been spoken so reverently and loudly.

Today I state to God and everybody… Love is the truth, Love is the answer, Love is what will bring us through our most difficult times. And this is what I want in my life. Love.

To live a most fulfilling life of Love, what more is there?

For me, what is important to remember is that life is a circle. What do we want to perpetuate in our circle? The viciousness of fear or the warm embrace of Love? I choose Love.

Now is the time to let the cloak of fear fall from my shoulders and embrace the Love that surrounds us each and every day in every way.

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She sat by the window in anticipation

She sat by the window in anticipation

I’ve been struggling with this post for almost a week now and have been wanting to write about fear… about how it disrupts our lives. I’ve thought of lots of reasons why I shouldn’t write it and at the same time, lots of reasons why I should. You could say that for every reason not to, I have an equally powerful reason for writing.

Fear is an amazingly powerful force. It can make us do things we never thought possible and at the same time, stop us from doing others. Think about it, how many times have you wanted to do something but were too afraid to stick your neck out and do it.

All because of fear…

A few years ago, I had an “aha” moment about fear. That moment came when I was listening to a lecture and the speaker told us what the acronym for fear was. All of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head and I had to ask them to repeat themselves. I heard it again tonight when I was in my Women’s intention group.

What is the acronym?
False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

It is so true! 90% of the time, we have no evidence whatsoever that what we are imagining in our heads is real. We make stuff up. We worry about outcomes that have no basis in reality. And those made up outcomes stop us from doing things that in all likelihood would benefit us in some way or another. Where am I going with this?

Well, for me, fear shows up in many areas in my life, especially in my creative life. I’ve got paintings that have been sitting in the corner of my studio, unfinished for the last several years, all because I got stuck and was afraid that I was going to mess them up worse. Up until last week, I had mold making material in my studio and was afraid to use it because I was afraid I was going to wreck it…. then I was afraid that it was so old that it had dried out. I finally pulled it out last week, read the directions and realized, I’d been making a mountain out of a mole hill. I’ve made 6 or 8 molds since then and it was a breeze, some of the easiest stuff I’ve ever worked with in fact.

Now I know these are mundane compared to bigger issues. And my biggest issue is with showing my work to the rest of the world. Even though I create lots of things and shoot lots of pictures, I have held the belief that I am not creative… that no one will like my photography, paintings or anything else… that my work isn’t good enough. And by creating this blog I made sure that my work was going to be seen one way or another, I can’t hide here. I can’t have a blog about my creative journey and hide out from the world, it’s not possible. I have to show my work and share my journey. And that is scary.

You see, we all just make stuff up and in the process end up being a “fence sitter”. As my friend Erik says, “The most boring and useless people in the world are those who are too afraid to stand for something. These people play it ‘safe’ all the time. They’re afraid of taking any risks. They’re ‘fence-sitters’ because they sit on the fence and watch other people stand for something they believe in.”

Okay, I know to some degree, that sounds harsh and maybe it is. But, there is truth in there and sometimes truth is hard to hear. When was the last time you risked something? When was the last time you took a chance on doing something you’ve always wanted to do and were too afraid to try?

Well today, I’m taking a chance and I’m putting some of my paintings up with this post. And at the same time, I ask you to do something similar. Take a walk on the wild side and say “no” to your fear. Let it all hang out and prove to yourself once and for all that fear ain’t got nothin’ on you. Who knows, you just might like the new brave and courageous you.

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