A few weeks ago, I was about to turn on my computer to work and I looked over at my art table instead. I left my computer off so I wasn’t tempted to hop on and sat down with a canvas that has been waiting and waiting and waiting for it’s final touches.
As I painted, I thought about being an artist and about creativity.
Being creative is such a deep part of my soul that even when I am not getting my hands messy in paint for months on end, I still know that I am creative.
Over the years, I’ve learned that you don’t have to be an artist to be creative.
I approach being creative in every aspect of my life, and don’t even realize it.
I am creative in the way I parent, in the way I think about the world, in the way I make love to my husband and read books to my son. I am creative in my business and my writing.
I am creative. And I am an artist.
Being creative and being an artist are not mutually exclusive things. The two words are often thought of as synonyms but I don’t think they have to be. Yes to be an artist, you need to be creative but the reverse isn’t necessarily true.
I put a lot of emphasis on creativity in my mentoring and different offerings. I worry that I might alienate some women who see my offering and then say, “But I’m not an artist!”
That’s okay, lovely!
You don’t have to be.
I incorporate art journaling and written journaling and photo taking in my offerings but you don’t have to have any experience with those things to work with me or to be considered creative.
I want to work with women who are open to trying new things. Women who come at life with an inquisitive mind, a mindfulness of the world that can help them on their journey.
You might not understand what being creative means. Or being mindful of the world means.
Let me tell you:
Being creative is…
Coming up with a new dinner recipe without googling it.
The way you organize your books by color, or genre or author.
The mix you created on Pandora.
How you hang pictures on your wall.
The excitement and different voices you use when reading to your kids.
The new smartphone case you picked out.
The way you flirt and text with your partner.
Being mindful of the world is…
Seeing the way your living room changes as the sun moves across the sky.
Noticing the new buds on a tree in Spring.
Inhaling the scent of coffee and pancakes at breakfast time (or dinner).
Feeling that first bite of Winter in the air.
Noticing the characters and episodes your toddler laughs about the most.
Feeling the difference under your feet as you walk from pavement to grass.
Reacting to a tense situation between friends by helping to diffuse the argument.
Sometimes, I go weeks and even months without opening my art journaling or touching a tube of paint. And it does make me feel like I’m missing something but I’m never without my creativity. I’m never without the core values and parts of myself that make me a creative person and an artist.
You can be creative, too.
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