my creative life

Someone asked me recently if I’ve always been creative. My answer was, “I guess so.”

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t create. I was the kid who loved to draw, loved to sing, loved to dance, loved to make clothes for my Barbies.

I was always twirling on my toes, always reading, always thinking up epic stories inside my head.

When I was trying to decide which university program to apply for (and was contemplating medicine or nursing), my mom gave me the best advice, ever.

“Why don’t you do what you enjoy?”

(I ended up studying clothing, textiles and design, film studies, and visual arts.)

I have taken ballet and jazz classes. I have studied classical violin, piano and singing. I have performed with many choirs, and even administrated one or two. I have written songs. I have worked as a freelance writer, reporting on arts and culture. I have sketched, collaged and painted my way through art journals. I have sewn quilts, designed and made a wedding dress, and sold boiled wool tea cosies.

I love to cook all my food from scratch. I’ve started more than two dozen blogs (not all of them still live!). I format and design nonprofit publications for my day job. I compulsively take photographs as I go about my daily life. I write poetry. I make videos.

I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting one or two things.

Suffice to say, I have a lot of ideas. I also seem to get most of them across the finish line. I’d like to see others accomplish the same thing.

After all these years, I’m pretty comfortable with my creative process, although I’ve recently learned some new techniques for sticking with the work when the work gets hard.

My creativity creed
I believe that I’m merely the instrument for the creative impulse. I don’t know where the ideas come from, but they definitely don’t come from me.

I believe that the best thing I can do is get out of the way of the creative work, and let it unfold the way it wants to.

I believe that creativity – being the vessel for the creation of new things – is the reason we exist.

I believe that I’m my best self when I’m taken over by the creative genius.

I believe that creativity is not a rare talent. Everyone can do it (or remember how).

After all, every five year old believes they’re an artist.

I believe your life will be better if you can find that five year old.

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