Earlier this week, I finished Elizabeth Gilbert's newest creation Big Magic which I found a remarkable and inspiring book. Ms. Gilbert's philosophy is that, whether or not we consider ourselves "creative", we all ARE. There is something that turns us on, creatively speaking - and even if it doesn't show up as "creative" to others, our lives improves significantly when we accept it to be true for ourselves and pursue our curiosity about creative endeavours. Outward and traditional displays of creativity (visual or performing arts, gardening, writing, crafting...) get some people's juices flowing, while others are excited by challenging themselves with new recipes, restoring old vehicles, decorating the scariest Halloween haunted house, even having interesting conversations. These days I find parenting a creative challenge...
As someone who has, at different stages of my life, been crafty, foodie, musical, artsy, and certainly conversational, I found Big Magic a delightful challenge to my own creativity (which has felt a little dormant of late). I am grateful for the decent camera on my phone for making my (very) amateur photography habit accessible, and the remarkably inspiring space that is our neighbourhood's dog park for nudging me back into creating.
What drives you to create? Do you want to share your creations with others or keep them your delicious secret?
Want to talk more about your creativity? Get in touch. Let's get creative together.
And, please: if you're looking for reading/inspirational material: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/
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