I am tired of being told how flaky Creatives are. How we need to get with the program, do something with our lives and get ‘serious’ about reality. Peer pressure can make us feel forced to account for ourselves, our time and our very existence on this earth.
I reject this with every fibre of my being.
And this attitude makes me angry. After years of being laughed at, belittled, dismissed, eye-rolled, or smiled at condescendingly for being ‘eccentric’, I am finally stepping into my power as a CREATIVE.
Creativity is what I study, practice and teach about every day of my life. It’s THAT IMPORTANT to me (and to the world). No more apologizing or feeling 'less than'.
Here’s the point. We need to flipe the script and start valuing Creativity.
Creativity is the unlimited SOURCE that makes all things possible.
A Creative’s ‘subconscious ramblings’ inspired that book or film that capitvated you. Generative ideas gave birth to your favorite song, your clothes, your computer, and the chair you’re sitting on. For real. Let’s get THAT granular.
Thoughts become things. EVERYTHING starts as an idea.
Think about it. Creations are all around us. They started out as precious inklings that were listened to, cultivated, honored and respected. Nurtured in conducive environments, couragous innovators went on to create, design, compose and give birth to ground-breaking objects (products) and experiences (services, classes, music, films, web content). We may not notice these sacred offerings; we may take them for granted, but these valuable tent-poles sustain us.
These diamonds give us hope, asuage our fears, connect across difference.
Creatives helped us get through the Pandemic. Netflix doesn’t just ‘happen’. Screenwriters, editors, set designers, producers, actors, musicians, copywriters, photographers, clothing designers. Think about the inspiration, passion and technical skills that contribute to making one movie.
Creatives have been producing virtual storytelling shows, concerts, conventions, courses. Moments of synchronicity and joy. Powerful, healing gifts that will lead us forward into the great unknown of magical possibility.
Nothing ‘flaky’ about that.
I move, seamlessly, between iterations of my SOUL. Mulitpassionate Master. Creative Entrepreneur. Coach. Producer. Modeling the audacity of hope.
It’s all about articulation, synergy, love. Every ounce of me is invested in transformation. Supporting exploration. Holding safe spaces for creative joy.
Some days the manifestation is visceral. Concrete. I feel powerful, confident, happy! In a conversation with the Universe. Flow!
These are the days I live for.
But then, of course, there are days when I feel like quitting. When it’s all too much. Days when I wonder how I’ll ever take this to the next level.
Days when words like purpose, vision or path seem ridiculous. Pie in the sky. Silly. Esoteric. I question everything about myself and my choices.
These are the days when nobody ‘likes’ (what I thought was) a prolific post. When I have literally no registrations for my class that starts in 3 days. Days when I spend hours on the phone talking to people who say they are interested, only to hear a litany of reasons why they can’t attend our next Creative Tribe Dojo. They are, in their words, too tired, busy, depressed, angry, distracted or stuck to add ‘yet another thing’. I get it. But this is confusing, frustrating. Sometimes demoralizing.
Like a deflated balloon, I contract. Hearing a lot of ‘NO’s’ is, admittedly, hard on the old self esteem. I don’t want to write that chapter on “Overcoming Resistance”! I don’t want to give birth to new lessons. Responding to emails or scheduling yet another SoulChat feels like drudgery. I’d rather binge-watch Will and Grace on Netflix and eat some chocolate.
So….what do I do on those days?
𝕀 𝔻𝕆 𝕀𝕋 𝔸ℕ𝕐𝕎𝔸𝕐
I answer the emails, schedule the calls, post the affirmations, sit down and write that chapter, make slides for the upcoming class. I listen to inspirational podcasts like Innovation Hub. I tap into a ClubHouse chat on Creative Entrepreurship, igniting your passion or following your dream.
I FILL the WELL. Trust the process. Keep going.
Because, here’s the thing. We need to show up for our creative metamorphosis.
It’s a conversation and we need to be a part of it. Source energy only comes when we participate. So show up. Show up to the page or the stage, the conversation or the possibility – every time.
Rainy or Sunny.
Expansive or Contracted.
Busy or Relaxed.
Inspired or Deflated
Supported or Ignored.
These are but variations on a theme. Change is the only constant. Letting go of external feedback is the key to sustaining our own VISION, DREAM, PASSION. Ironically, the more we articulate our direction, the easier it will be for others to SEE us. But, really – it all starts and ends inside of us.
So dial in. Nourish your Muse. Give yourself time to BE.
Tap into your Higher Vibration, allow yourself the freedom and power of NOW.
Then, sit back, relax and observe what your Creative Genius has to say.