Confidence Booster Series: Cultivating Creativity
“There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.” – Brené Brown
One of my friends recently acknowledged me for my creative flair. I found myself taken aback, as up to that point I had never really considered my writing and what I do on a daily basis to be creative. I held the belief that creative people are the kind of people who are ‘successful’ artists and world-renowned writers; not regular people like me, someone who is still very much on the journey of discovery and figuring out what path feels right.
The truth is, we all have an immense capacity to create when we give ourselves permission to let our guard down and dive into the creative outlets that bring us joy. It could be cooking, painting, writing, building or fixing things, gardening, photography etc. There are no limits or guidelines to what creativity can look like. I believe that creativity provides the opening for us to fall in love with ourselves and our lives.
This week I started an E-Course called ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’, led by Brené Brown and hosted by Oprah’s Life Class. The first set of homework is on cultivating creativity in our lives and the first assignment involves drawing and painting! Something I haven’t done on my own in many years. Brené Brown’s book, The Gift of Imperfections is such a great read, and is one of my favorites. In her work, Brené talks about how common it is in childhood to go from being natural born creators, to closing ourselves off from creativity because of fear or shame that we aren’t doing it right or as well as others around us. This element of comparison in creativity or in any area of life is so dangerous. I believe comparing ourselves to others almost always causes a hit to our self-worth and confidence.
This week’s focus is inspired by Brené Brown’s work and empowering teachings. When we stop comparing ourselves to others and look inward to what brings us happiness and joy, we are more apt to let our guard down and embrace the creativity that lives within us.
With that thought in mind, go have some fun this week letting your creative side out. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or what judgments you may have about yourself. Just give yourself permission to enjoy some time creating whatever it is that makes you happy and fulfills you. I am going to get busy drawing and painting, as I’m learning there is no right or wrong way this can be done and I’m happy that it’s something that brings me back to my childhood.
The ‘I Am a Creative Being’ poster in the above photo was a part of the E-Course. I chose to share it in order to celebrate myself as a writer and acknowledge that the work I have done so far has been born out of creativity. I cut the letters out of a poster advertising some of my children’s books I’ve written and published. It feels very freeing to give myself permission to acknowledge my creativity and let go of the preconceived notion that I have to be super successful in order to own the ‘Creative Being’ title.
Have a wonderful week, I hope you have great fun expressing your own definition of creativity.
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily
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