Today I participated in a Found Art Workshop taught by my friend Leeana Tankersley, author of Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live. No one asked, “What do you do for a living?” I didn’t think about my next marketing campaign. Just three hours at the Soul Care Barn with ten other women who showed up for no other reason than to feed their creative life.
I breathed deeply. I listened. I let the words flow unedited from pen to paper. I used my hands and created a Found Art piece to remind me later that even entrepreneurs need to feed their creative life.
How do you feed your creative life?
People think that writers are a deep well of creative energy. That’s rarely the case for me. When I was writing Bridge Builders the process was more like a wrestling match between my will to win and a taunting cursor blinking on the screen. After losing the battle too many days in a row, I realized I had been starving my creative life.
Writing is output. Creativity needs input. That’s what today was about.
Here are some nuggets that stuck with me. Perhaps they will inspire you to feed your creative life too.
- Creativity is healing—for me and for others.
- Creativity comes in all forms—it’s not just writing, painting, or doing crafts. Cooking is a creative endeavor. And so is building a business (my aha! moment).
- Working with our hands takes us out of our heads.
- We all have a divinely endowed center—and no one can get their hands on it.
- Take your soul to tea (or coffee) for 20 minutes. Write. Be still. Let clarity show up.
- Do you have a place that is creative and soulful—just for you? What does it look like?
- Productive vs. Non-productive creativity. One is for work. One is just for me. Both are important.
How is your creativity tank? What can you do today to refuel?