For four years I have been spinning a web of words here. This is my creative anchor but I still haven’t cracked the code on a real breakthrough. I believe it is all about the practice: day by day (or let’s be realistic hour by hour). The routine is simply ordinary. Perhaps the pattern will one day give birth to something extraordinary – who knows. I will just keep showing up with faith, honest insecurities and excellent music to accompany the work (just wait for today’s song suggestions).
I sifted through my favorite photos and current stack of books to assemble this series.
I hope you find something that resonates and ignites your creative journey.
If you have an idea that’s been tapping you on the shoulder consider that it just might be put there for a reason. Maybe, just maybe, it is a divine nudge that the world is waiting for your unique gift. As Steven Pressfield said, “Give us what you have got.”
Have you have read, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon? He elaborates on the power of subtraction. Essentially he says that since we live in an age when we can access an abundance of information, the key is focusing on what to omit. According to Kleon, “Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. The best way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself.”
His recipe for cultivating a creative life: kindness, curiosity, and “a willingness to look stupid” — demonstrating that creativity is not some abstract phenomenon bestowed upon a chosen few.
To celebrate the end of my creative hibernation I used a random collection of letters, Mod Podge and tissue paper to honor my mantra below.
Ready, set, create with these songs:
“Can’t Go Back Now” by The Weepies
and “Keep on Keeping On” by Colony House.