Focusing solely on creative output leads to burnout. You will run out of ideas as your flow becomes stagnant. Your inner gremlins will gain a foothold, and it will be difficult to push them back. Worse, you will forget who you are and instead run on who you used to be, and then wonder why it all seems so repetitive and uninspiring.
If this is you, it’s time to focus instead on feeding, nurturing and rediscovering your creative soul. You can think about this in terms of diet. What are you feeding your creative self? Do you even know what inspires and nurtures that part of yourself? Sometimes it’s a throwback or a constant and other times, it’ll be something brand new and surprising.
Continue reading To Nurture Your Creativity, Stop Focusing On Output
You know how sometimes you find yourself doing things that seem to be vestiges of a prior set of priorities or a life you had but has now passed – except for this one thing? Maybe it’s a friendship you keep up that’s damned unlikely and doesn’t fit your narrative, or a habit you’ve clung to, or, in my case a couple hours a week of a job that I keep saying I’m done with!
Continue reading On Secrets, Vulnerability, and Untidy things
Hey there lovely people,
Well, it’s Sunday blog post time, and I think it’s high time I share with you the finished song that I started a couple of weeks ago. I posted about it here, where I talked about my process.
The big hang-up with this one was that after I’d gotten all the juicy data about various kinds of cells’ lifespans, I didn’t know how to elevate the whole thing to the level of something of a metaphor about life. That’s my favorite kind of lyric, a combination of literal and metaphorical. This is how I see life, and it tickles my word nerd and philosophical sensibilities.
Continue reading When It All Comes Together: Creative Homecomings
I love March. She’s so contrary and doesn’t try to please anyone.
We’re all standing around clucking and tapping our feet, arms crossed over our guarded hearts, wagging our heads at March: Well? Where are the crocuses? Where are the warming air and buds bursting forth on trees? Act like Spring!
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Oh dear. Creativity Breakthrough Day 9, and I am kind of stuck. Have you been there?
You have this idea. You love the idea. You’re working on it. You’re in love. There’s never been a truer love. It’s for-evah, you can tell.
But you just. can’t. get. it. to. come. together.
What to do?
Continue reading Creativity Impasse: Things To Do While Waiting for Prayers to be Answered
Haha, see what I did there? Yeah, ideas to write a song. And ideas that cost a song. In other words, they’re free, kids. All you have to do is
Keep a running list of random oblique inspiration-generating ideas to get you from where you are to someplace else.
In today’s post (Welcome back!), I give you another peek into my creative process. In this case, I use my own random inspiration generator to help me get started with lyrics for a song. I explain the whole thing in the vid. But what I forgot to say was that the building blocks for this are to make it a habit to create something every day. Every single day. Each and every single day.
Continue reading How to Get Ideas for a Song
Hello dear reader,
Today’s blog entry is a video I made for you, sharing my creative process on Days 1 and 2 of my personal 30 Day Creativity Breakthrough, which I’m doing to prepare for Reclaim Your Creative Soul, a program I’m putting together to help gifted but struggling creative people reconnect with their creativity, so they enjoy it any way they desire to.
Continue reading Why Create? Art + What.
It seems simple enough: Create a safe space for creating. Just don’t let anyone see what you’ve written or drawn, right?
Well, actually, it’s not quite that. It’s a little trickier. It’s almost this: Don’t let YOU see what you’ve made.
How do you do that?
Continue reading Permission and a Promise
Hello Dear Reader,
Thanks for reading this far. I know – Low bar, right? What can I say? I’m easily pleased. 😁
I guess I’m feeling just a little bit heady and giddy after the weekend I had with my coaching peeps in San Jose, re-energizing my business, connecting with all the love and support my heart can handle, and learning (and un-learning!) so much that will help me create a life I love.
And that’s what I want for you, too, of course. Otherwise I wouldn’t be sitting here writing you a big, fat letter, now, would I?
Continue reading Reclaim Your Creative Soul. Here’s How.
This past week the loving Universe has conspired to bring me the perfect teachers and teachings. I talked about my fave astrologer and some of the other resources that are helping me lately in last week’s post. Add to them, dreams, random snippets of overheard conversations, and other serendipitous voices in the symphony that is my Universal newsfeed.
Continue reading Breaking the Family Commandments and Creating Anyway