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It's the time of year that we thinking of gratitude and giving thanks for our blessings. Expressing our gratitude is one way to keep a sense of inspiration for our creative gifts alive. However, did you know that there is a relationship between gratitude and creativity?
Research has proven that that there a connection between happiness and innovative thinking. When we allow ourselves to to experience emotions such as gratitude, happiness, and play, thoses emotions help us remember more vividly, and encourage us to think outside the box. Gratitude can open us to new ideas and approaches to our creative practice.
It is easy to get lost in "lack" thinking i.e.....if only I got into that exhibition, if only that producer said yes to my demo, I wish I had my own studio, then I can create this or that. But when we look at the positives, the book that got published, the weekend that the kids were away and I got so much done, etc., that energy can move towards more creative wins. If we can practice gratitude everyday instead of special events like Thanksgiving or the holiday season, we can use that energy to stay inspired and more discipline with our creativity.
Think about what you are grateful for and see how that feeling can move you into a more positive place with your creative work. Lori McNee of FineArtTips.com shared some thoughts from the fomer ForTheCreators.com blog:that I love:
"BE THANKFUL FOR WHERE YOU’RE AT:
Be thankful for the time you do have to create, however small
Be thankful for the opportunity you have been given to learn your craft
Be thankful for the friends and family who do show you unconditional support
Be thankful for the materials you have that allow you to be creative
Be thankful for the space you have to create in
Be thankful for how far you’ve come"
What and who are you grateful for today that helps you with your creative practice?
Ah yes, the Holidays……! The holidays are a wonderful time of year for reconnecting and celebrating productivity and blessings from the last eleven and twelve months. As creatives this season comes with mixed blessings….the ability to sell some of our wares depending on our creative practice for holiday gift giving is ideal. For others, time to work on our creative projects….can be compromised. If you are among the latter, it can get tricky to balance all of the demands that the season brings. But with a little advance planning and discipline, this season does not have to be unproductive.
Here’s a few tips on how to navigate the holiday season to your advantage:
The holidays are indeed stressful but don’t have to be. With a little planning on the front end you can establish the priorities, the activities and your desired goals and actually meet them without feeling resentful or stressful.
What tips or tricks do you use to maintain your creative practice or reach your goals during the holiday season?
You maiy be at a point of life where you are receiving a call to create. You might be emptying the nest of children, divorce, or on the edge of retirement and you are interested in pursuing a creative life. As you observe the landscape of friends and family, you may notice that younger generations are meeting up and creating. Or you may feel uncomfortable about attending creative classes in painting, music, etc. and being the oldest person in the room. Or the fact that you may just feel that it's too late in life to pursue something like a creative practice.
If you are over 40, know that you are not alone for feeling this way. In a world that appears to be a celebration and support of the endeavors of those younger can create a feeling that launching a new part of life may not be valued or supported.
As a mature adult, you have a wide range of life experience and inspiration to pour into creative practice or hobby.. You also have the choice to decdie whether your engagement will be a money making venture or purely as a way of self-expression. Time is no longer a big factor since you have more of it to purse your creative dreams. And, as a working adult in other professions, you may have more money to spend on art materials, etc.
Still not convinced? Consider these famous people who found their creative groove later in life:
There are many others I could be listed. But the main take away is that you are never too old to launch a second career in the arts or to just start engaging in a new creative life that you either abandoned earlier in life or never had the chance to launch.
Sometimes we need a little help moving forward with our creative dreams, where ever we are in life. Why not consider working with someone who can support you in moving forward to make those dreams a reality. Feel free to contact me for a discovery session to talk about how your next steps and how I can support you.