Are you listening to your own creative voice?

I’ve been talking over the last several episodes about why painting matters, why your painting matters, why your art matters, whatever your art form might be. (Check out Reclaiming Your Inner Game as an Artist and Finding Inspiration in the Ordinary)

It doesn’t have to be painting. It could be cooking. It could be coding. It could be writing. It could be making music. It could be gardening. It could be almost any form of creative expression.

But if you’re not listening to your own creative voice, then you’re holding back on the rest of the world because the truth is you have a unique voice that’s waiting on you to unlock it, and if you’re not in complete alignment with what your voice is, it’s going to be really hard to be satisfied with where you are.

Being in alignment with your own creativity is crucial for living a happy, healthy, productive life. It’s important. For becoming resilient. Meaning being flexible in times that are challenging. Being able to go with the flow, being resilient, so you have to exercise that creative muscle. Every last person on earth is born creative.

It is not something like your guardian angel comes down and taps you on the head and voila, now you’re going to be a great artist. That’s just not how it works. It works by working. You know, a lot of us set fantastic goals at the beginning of the year. January rolls around in December actually rolls around and we start making grand plans about what the next year is going to be all about.
We’re going to lose 20 pounds. We’re going to make $20,000 more. We’re going to have dinner with our friends three times a week, maybe on the other side of Rona. We’re going to do all kinds of things that are going to make us different people. And we stick to that for about 10 minutes into the next year.

Maybe a little longer than that. But most of us let go of those things really fast. And one of the reasons that happens is lack of alignment that we don’t stop to chat to see whether it’s something we really want. So what do I mean by alignment? I mean that alignment, what you say you want. It’s something you truly do want.

It is something that is in alignment with your purpose, with where you want to go. When you are not on purpose, when you’re not in alignment, it will feel uncomfortable. It will feel uneasy. You know, people who have repressed their creativity, people who’ve shut the door on whatever their creative dream was.

Still have a deep hunger to create. It’s just that they’ve pushed it back somewhere. That may be one of y’all. It’s going to keep talking to you. That’s that voice I was talking about at the beginning. It’s going to keep whispering in your ear. It’s going to keep waking you up in the middle of the night.

It’s going to keep making you feel dissatisfied with the the job that is boring. The things that people have told you you should want to do. Don’t listen to those voices that tell you that your skills aren’t good enough, that your art doesn’t have any value, because that’s not true. Skill levels can be developed, valuables up over time, but if you shut the door on your creativity, if you shut down listening to that voice.

It’ll have a profound impact on your life and it won’t be a good one. Creativity feeds your soul. Creativity feeds your ability to handle every day life, and it doesn’t have to be going to paint. Mona Lisa doing something creative every day, exercises that creative muscle and it builds on itself. So that the next time you go to do it, it gets easier and then it gets easier and then it gets easier.
It’s just like starting a new exercise routine. It can be painful at first and you don’t want to, but you got to push through that and go do it. Because when you push through it and go do it, it gets a little bit easier every day. There’s this myth out there that if you’re a creative, it’s easy to go create, and all of us who are creative are exercising our creativity because we’re all creative.
Those stuff is to exercise it on a regular basis. No, you’re going to hit sticky points at times. You’re going to hit that messy middle. Which is where every artwork goes through. Every creative project goes through that stage where it looks like something the cat threw up in the corner. It’s by cat still behind me over there.

That’s just the way that it works. That’s part of the process. You can’t avoid that. It’s part of life. It’s part of the creative life, but leaving creativity out. That’s something that nobody should be doing. So figure out how you can answer that call. Yeah. Listen to that voice and begin to exercise that creativity just a little bit every day.

Find some creative ways. It’s not about going out and decorating your house so that it looks like a show place. That’s misplaced creativity. Unless it’s what you really want to do, then it’s fantastic. But to live a creative life, you get to decide what that means. You get to define that, not other people.

So spend some time and just a little bit of reflection. What is it that’s calling to you? What is it that. Needs to be expressed because the more you express yourself, the more you exercise your creativity, the more resilient you are going to be and the happier you’re going to be as a human being. So hope that’s been helpful.

I think it makes a big difference when you can tap into your creativity. Think about ways that you can begin to exercise that creative juice. It really will flow more often the more that you use it.

So remember, I want y’all out there looking for the beautiful in the ordinary search for the extraordinary and the ordinary. Then capture it in some way. If you’re not feeling particularly creative as a painter, get your cam or out. Start that way. Write about it. Make a note about it, but exercise that creative bone.

Find some small ways to just get started and share those over in the ART+WORK+LIVING Facebook group. I would love to hear how y’all are exercising your creative muscles.

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