Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to regain some balance in my life. Sometimes I get so focussed and overwhelmed by my to do list that it feels like I am constantly in my logical mind. This gives my authentic, intuitive, creative side very little space to enjoy life and be present. It's a constant journey for me to find that magical balance between doing and being.
What does finding balance look like for me?
- Pulling back from social media a bit to reconsider what I am posting and why.
- Taking time to listen to what I need first, instead of going directly to the to-do list in a manic need to get everything done.
- Thinking about what is essential in my life and what I most need to do. What are the things that I feel like I need to do but I can really cut back on?
- Re-filling my creative well by finding other creative people who can speak to what I'm going through.
Are you dealing with similar issues?
I thought it might be helpful to share with you some of the things that I'm reading and listening to that have helped me restore balance. Here are a few of my favorites:
Brene Brown on the Being Boss podcast, sharing about vulnerability for creatives
Lisa Congdon talks freely on her blog about how she is recovering from burnout.
At Left Brain turn Right - Anthony Meindl's book on how to live a more creative life
The Creative Life podcast - James Taylor's podcast in which he interviews creative entrepreneurs
Gather the People - A book by Sarah J. Bray where she shares a simple, honest approach to creating work
I am not hustling and I am not crushing it - Kerry-Anne Gilowey talks about how to deal with chronic physical issues or other things in life that challenge our idea of perfectionism
Stepping back a bit has given me some time to come up with new ideas for classes and projects. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, when I will have some exciting things to share with you!
Finding freedom in your art is a process. We are all growing and learning every day. I truly believe that I can help you to step outside of your negative thoughts and embrace your natural way of creating.
Are you ready to get started?
In my Finding your Creative Voice E-Course you can:
- Let go of self-judgement and learn strategies for authentic creative expression
Experiment with various mediums and styles such as watercolor pencils, pens and collage
Create an entire project from inspiration to completion
Using your sketchbook as a guide, you will begin to see your own style emerge through observing what naturally draws you to creative flow
Gain confidence to keep a creative practice that will enrich your life
Get encouragement from others who are on their own journey and experience a warm and accepting community
No art experience necessary! Open to beginners or advanced students.
Do you have creative tips, tricks or questions?
I would love to include any ideas that you have on how to jump start your creativity or take it to the next level. What have you found that's worked for you? Or do you have questions that I can answer in my next newsletter? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's create a creative community!