Creativity requires space. Empty space. It requires time, and since very few people (older than twelve) have free time available, I have to plan my free time. That’s perfectly fine. A creative life demands focus. It demands I make active choices. It depends on me sharpening my ability to say no. Because I have
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Category: The Creative Process
They say that when you are about to get married, you need to plan for a marriage, not just a wedding. The same applies when it comes to your creative life. Whatever work you choose to devote yourself to, you are going to be spending a lot of time and energy on it. It
Hi Anna, I have been wondering how you learn to live a new way of thinking or insight? For example, I love your idea of being gently pulled forward by vision to reach your creative goals rather than being propelled by fear. And the concept of thinking about time as flow rather than scarcity
I’m not big on the push-through-your-fear discourse. For most of us, trying to power our way through fear does more harm than good. It’s very simple, really. Fear makes us freeze up, physically, emotionally and certainly creatively. We tighten. And when we tighten, flow is restricted. And we don’t ever want to restrict flow.
Image: Amy Judd I was going to speak to angels. I had never been much interested in that particular branch of the spiritual path – the esoteric, the crystals, the angels and the tarot decks. But something was calling me and I tentatively signed up for Amy Oscar’s Soul Caller Circle. I knew I had
“It’s a balance between getting things done on the one hand, and really checking in and seeing what’s next for me on the other. Being ok with the fact that the perfect moment for some things I thought I’d do ages ago still isn’t here.” Meet Elenore Bendel Zahn, passionate gardener and spokesperson for a
Fear will come at different stages in the creative process for different people. But one stage that trips just about everyone up is the first draft stage. Whatever your line of work is, there is an equivalent of a shitty first draft. That first, rough version, somewhere between blueprint and finished product. It’s a
Photo by Johnny C Y Lam © www.johnnycylam.com “I would have liked to have known that writing is a relationship, and that there is no real “success” – except that you get to be writing. The doing is the best part. You will never get there – you’ll never be finished with the journey.” Meet writer
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