Specifically, time for creativity
Time to do something that gives you joy and expresses yourself.
Time to express your soul - if you want to go down that road! (I do!)
Or you know, just having fun!
Playing uses more creativity than we realise.
Not having enough of it
Trying to 'find it'
Find 'more' of it
Squeezing it from elsewhere in your life
But you're on your phone right now. Or Facebook Or Instagram Or the dark hole of emails
You 'found' time to do that.
You managed to find a way to 'squeeze' that in
You 'made time' to watch the new season of whatever just came out.
Now, I'm talking as much to ME as to you here.
I'm all for social media and I love me some mindless scrolling.
It's awesome and quick way to stay in touch.
It's great to see the amazing creations other people are making!
I also love it for inspiration gathering
It's a great way to decompress after a long day of work, kid wrangling, house maintaining, physical self maintaining and ALL.THE.THINGS
I totally get that! I'm not saying don't do it ever ever again.
But too much consuming means you just get full and bloated from other people's creation.
Or like junk food, you never really get truly full and nourished and you're always going back for more. But never being fully satisfied.
Too fat and tired to create.
You lose the muscles, skills or even energy to create.
There is a line - from being filled with inspiration and using that energy to create on one side
being addicted to just taking taking takin in and nothing going out
Constipation comes to mind.
Are you getting creativity constipation?
(OMG am I actually just talking about constipation? I'm writing this from flow and not letting my logical mind from editing this message I felt called to share!)
Now, I wrangle a 3 year old full time. House. Work. Relationships. And being pregnant makes everything SO MUCH SLOWER.
I do feel your pain. And that bloated feeling, I am LITERALLY feeling that if I eat my usual amount of food. There is literally something inside me waiting to COME OUT. and I can't consume too much or I will suffer some serious pain.
BUT!! Hard truth time.
We all have the same amount of time as Beyonce (who just had twins!) or that person you know who juggles ALL THE THINGS
Before we get all shamey and guilty about how shit we are.
Just truly think to yourself, maybe you're just not prioritising your creativity.
Which is totally fine! Maybe in this season of life, you life is full of all the things you value right now. If so, let go of the guilt and shame and stand firmly in the choice you have made. You go girl!
But if you're not. I think you know what I'm trying to say.
Sure, you're busy and all. But if you're being honest with yourself... you haven't truly prioritised your creativity.
Not really in the way that is important to you
Yes - it helps if it was for work... If it was a work deadline and someone else is waiting on you. You totally would do it.
As someone who uses my creativity daily professionally, yeah, maybe it is easier for us to do it. DAILY. ON CUE.
But also not. There is a difference between doing something JUST FOR WORK.
and something for creative expression.
All you creatives know what I mean.
You get burnt out on work stuff and don't feel the joy of being immersed in it. Of the play and fun.
Of the joy in being so INSPIRED that the creations POUR OUT of you.
Also, you'll notice that your work starts to get a bit stale. A bit same same... dull
I'm talking about truly being in flow.
Not the forced-I-need-something-done-now kind.
The playful, fun kind!
So are you making it IMPORTANT for you and really your IDENTITY that you connect with your creativity?
Not just put it on your calendar like an appointment.
But also prioritised in a way that you prioritise stuff that you don't EVEN THINK ABOUT anymore.
Having your morning coffee.
Eating food. Showering
Posting a snap on your Instagram
Watching that TV show.
Having dinners out.
Reading reviews of hotels & tourists spots for your next holiday destination.
I know, there are some serious consequences IF YOU DON'T DO some of those things. Like life or death type.
What if you could see your creativity and doing something creative is just part of your EVERYDAY.
an ordinary, perfectly simple and maybe even 'boring' habit.
Not some giant ass project that you do and then it's done.
Maybe it isn't 'time' that's stopping you but your Resistance.
Resistance to this image of your creativity being built up to be this BIG ASS THING that has to be done in this PERFECT WAY.
which includes 5 hours of UNINTERRUPTED time and ALL your tools and making something PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL and it feels in flow and fun and joyful.....
I get maybe a total of 8-ish hours of time to do my creative work. PER WEEK. I do this professionally people!!!
Uninterrupted? maybe an hour or two on my 2 work days. Which are also the days I run errands and do a bout a million other admin/marketing/sales/customers service/logistics and general non-creating part of life.
And believe me. I feel you. I honestly do.
I still daydream of long days of just playing in my studio and following whatever comes across my imagination.
But if I kept daydreaming, it becomes another form of consuming. But from my mind.
The muscles still get weak and the constipation is still there.
And to be honest? My own mind interrupts me! The inner critic. Other monkey mind things.
My suggestion? Embrace the Imperfection.
Treat it as part of your everyday - and do something SMALL and even if it feels too ordinary and 'why even bother'?
Bother because it's part of maintaining the habit. Part of putting out something so you don't get constipated!