Posts in Creativity
From Exhausted and Drained to Creating Again.

It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog, which kinda feels like walking up to a confessional booth and saying it’s been 3 weeks since my last confession. Or so I imagine because I’m not Catholic. I also took a huge break from posting content on social media.

I wish I could say that I’ve been quiet because I’ve been on vacation on some gorgeous tropical beach. That I’m writing to you now with sand between my toes.

But no.

Truth?

I felt completely drained. Exhausted. Uninspired. I had NOTHING to say (which never happens). Until it did, 3 weeks ago. Does this ever happen to you?

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You Were Made to Go Against The Grain

You are a radical dreamer, a sacred rebel and you want to make possible what others say can't be.

Where in your life and business are you being told it has to be done a certain way?  That success will only follow if you "xyz"?

And yet, in the face of this advice, there's that tug of intuition, that quiet whisper saying, "No.  I don't believe it."  It doesn't feel right.  There HAS to be another way to reach my goal.

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Divine Inspiration vs. Shiny Idea Syndrome

How can you tell if your next idea, if the next direction you're being pulled in, is the spark of divine inspiration or shiny idea syndrome?

This was a question I recently started to unravel for myself.

Context: As creatives I believe our biggest problem isn't shiny object syndrome as much as it's shiny idea syndrome.

If I look back at the pattern of my life I have undergone a seismic shift in my career every 4 years.  Yes, I can follow this trend all the way back to my very first "real" job as a grocery store cashier when I was in high school.

I've been a copywriter for about 4 years now and I feel the winds of change, they are a blowin'.

But is this some innate inability to stick it out?  Is it a pathological need to reinvent my work life?  Is it better to stay the course, keep trying new things within the context of what's already been created (painstakingly loved into being) over the last 4 years?

Or listen to the whisper?

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What Kind of Work Are You Doing?

I loved Seth Godin's blog (I'm a fan) on the difference between important, popular or viral work.

He said important work is "easily dismissed by the audience.  It involves change & risk & thought".  Popular work in contrast "resonates with the people who already like what you do".  Viral work is "what happens when the audience can't stop talking about what you did".  He concluded that these 3 will co-exist once in a while but more often than not it's up to us to choose which one to focus on.

Which got me thinking...like almost all of his stuff does.

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Creative Holding Pattern

I often feel this big pull between being an explorer & creative on one side & an entrepreneur on the other.

I want to honour the natural rhythms of creativity that ebb & flow like the tides sometimes bursting forth in huge waves of inspiration that I couldn’t hold back or slow down if I tried.  They lead me down interesting tangents & paths where I stumble upon my own private cave of wonders. And sometimes my creativity asks the most difficult thing of all - for me to slow down & be patient, to rest & trust that this time of hibernation in preparation for the next wave of inspiration & all the energy it will take to birth that.  Slowing down is hard, as I recently mentioned in another article.

But as much as I desperately want to honour this creative mad genius & the wild and whirling ride that sometimes accompanies it…I also feel the pull of being an entrepreneur.  A CEO, a business woman.  Who just happens to depend on her creativity for a living.  So I also have this need to be consistent & constantly produce for myself & my clients.  And sometimes these two sides seem inescapably at odds.

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