I'm bursting at the seams with creativity right now. I'm writing and painting and creating and dreaming more than ever. But it hasn't always been that way. For a period of about 10 years, I was in creative limbo. My creativity vanished around the same time that I started architecture school. I was so singularly focused on succeeding at architecture, that I forgot what got me there in the first place. I forgot that I wanted to create something special and unique in this world. But I could only neglect and ignore this part of myself for so long, whether consciously or not, until I started missing it so badly that my mood grew sour, my soul shriveled, my heart felt broken and I didn't even know why. Or rather, I did know (all along really) but failed to acknowledge it.
So finally, after years of avoiding this nagging feeling that something wasn't right, I decided to confront it head on. I sat down and had an honest conversation with myself. I made lists, flow charts, pros and cons, order of importance, whatever list you can make I made it. Then I got to work.
This planning session generated a series of steps that I have been taking over the past year in my own journey of creative recovery. This has been a rocky road, full of uncertainty and some self-doubt, but for the first time in years, I feel like I'm living the life that I was meant to live. I have no idea where it will take me, but at least I'm taking steps in the right direction.
I want to take the next few weeks to share what I have learned with you. I'm still on my path to creative recovery, but I definitely know more now than I knew a year ago, and I hope that some of what I have learned will be of benefit to you.
If you're anything like me, you NEED creativity in your life. It keeps you sane. It provides an outlet that work, family, and everyday life just can't fulfill. It is your own special time to tune everyone else out and tune yourself in.
I have been on a quest this year to tune back into that creativity that I called upon so easily when I was younger. I knew that it was still there, but wasn't sure how to access it.
Here are the 5 steps that I have found to be prerequisites if you want to Capture your Creativity:
Having trouble accessing your own creative genius? Stay tuned for a more in-depth discussion of each of these five steps.
See you soon!
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