My people! I’ve been getting some really great feedback on these posts and for this, I am deeply grateful. A big ‘ole THANK YOU to all of you who have spoken up, written comments, mailed me postcards (I got one all the way from New Zealand!), and sent me so encouraging words. I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through writing and at the start of 2018, I set a goal to write one blog post a week on topics related to contemplative physical practice, coaching, mindful productivity, and whatever else wants to be expressed. So far I’ve stayed on track with that goal and that feels divinely effervescent.

For Your Feedback: A Sincere Thank You

When y’all take the time to speak up and say something in reaction to what I’ve written here, it tells me that my words are floating around unnoticed in the vast Internet ocean. Real people like you are reading them! Your words really inspire me to keep going, so deep bows of gratitude to you bright lights for the generosity of your time and honesty. A very sincere thank you for joining me on this journey and for your feedback.

Club Creative: Membership Open to All

Riding the wave of your feedback, today we’re going to talk about creativity. To be honest, I’ve felt like more of a sidelines creative person compared to other big creative players in my life. The water girl if you will. I’ve often felt inspired, but not the same as others who are doing “real” creative work.

I believe that experiencing people’s expression of creativity is a very intimate way to see someone. Authentic creativity is a way to see what people value most, what they believe in with all their heart and soul.

I don’t think I’m alone in being quick to reject the identity of “creative”. I hear people say all the time: “Oh I’m not creative” and I know where they are coming from. I used to think of “creative” people as people who made tangible visual art, music, videos, sculpture, etc. In other words, people who could draw faces and have them look like real faces and not stick figure drawings like I am so famous for drawing for my students to explain vocabulary. People who put paint on canvas and made it other-worldly, people who compose their own music or put together their own piece of media; a magazine, documentary, or TV show, “those people” are creative, right? Not me.

When I turned 36, I listened to my inner wisdom who wanted to declare the theme of the year as: CREATIVITY. I wanted to explore all there was to learn about creativity, support artists, and put myself in the pathway of creativity. It was a year of exploration of several forms of dance, looking visual artwork, walking in some galleries, and looking at “those artistic people’s things” for a year.

How to Be Creative: Make Things

But as the year went on, I realized that I did have a creative streak in me and that creativity can be distilled down into one phrase: MAKING THINGS. I realized that I had been making lots of things without even considering them to be creative:

  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert
  • learning activities for my ESL classes
  • DIY projects in my home
  • photos and photo albums
  • creating a 4’x4′ raised garden bed, planting veggies in it, and tending it
  • making travel plans and itineraries
  • dressing in different outfits every day
  • coming up with new ways of thinking or approaches to solving problems

My most recent creation is the photo in this post taken from Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast facing the Heceta Head Lighthouse. I created it with my camera and also with a travel itinerary to enjoy some rare spring sunshine at the Pacific coastline. Is this an often photographed scene? Yes. Was my itinerary unique? Yes and no. It doesn’t matter.

I’m learning that we’re all creative to different degrees. We can express ourselves. We don’t need a license or even educational experience or credentials to do it. We just need to make things.

It delighted me to realize that after years of thinking that I wasn’t creative to think: “Hey, I’m in the creativity club too!”

Isn’t it nice to not accept limits for one’s self? What a gift.

Let Go of Your Impressions of Limited Capacity

One of my dear yoga teachers said something once that has lodged itself in my brain forever:

“Let go of your outdated impressions of limited capacity.”

Bam.

A quick and easy way to figure out if you’re operating from a place of limited capacity is if you find yourself saying things like: “I could never…” or “I’m not…” or “I’m really new at this…”

“Let go of your outdated impressions of limited capacity.”

We are all creative. We all make things in the world.

I’d love to hear about how your creativity shows up in the world. Or maybe your creativity exists only in your mind right now. What things do you make? What special gifts would the world not have if you weren’t here to make them? Leave a comment below.

Go forth, be creative, and make things!

Breathe and believe, beauties!

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