I always want you to know that you’re not alone & your creativity matters. We can’t do it without you.
If I could tell you anything, that’s what it would be.
I’ve been thinking a lot about being of service to my readers, to everyone who wants to connect with the creative life, or those who are already living the creative life. So, I decided to schedule my blog posts differently. Starting this week, I’m writing them a week in advance. In fact, I just wrote next week’s post & it’s POWERFUL.
This week’s post is a little preview of that post, The Wild Woman’s Guide to the Creative Life.
(But let’s not get too hung up on gender. As an archeytpe the Wild Woman belongs to all of us).
Today, I have 6 of my favorite quotes for creative people.
Note, share, scribble, enjoy (pssst . . . try #itmatters on twitter:)
A person must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectability) to steal their necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. They must simply put their foot down and say NO to what they believe they should be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Gifted women, even as they reclaim their creative lives, even as beautiful things flow from their hands, from their pens, from their bodies, still question whether they are writers, painters, artists, people, real ones. A farmer is a real farmer when she looks out over the land and plans the spring crops. A runner is real when she takes the first step, a tree is real when it is a seed in a pine cone. Real is what has life. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou.
Yo-Yo Ma’s first instrument wasn’t cello. He actually started with violin—and he wasn’t good at it. So he quit violin and picked up cello instead. Maybe you’re like Yo-Yo Ma, and you just haven’t found your cello yet. Karen X. Cheng
Get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored. The trick is to be too busy doing your own work. Austin Kleon
When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly. Gretchen Rubin
Whispering “It Matters” in your ear,
I know there is a weird hydraulics when it comes to the ebb and flow of creativity. And yet, I do sometimes feel as though I only have so much of it, and that burning the fuel depletes it. I at least have to recharge my creative batteries from time to time.
I agree. No one can produce constantly. I wouldn’t even want to. Love my down-time. As far as feeling as if you only have so much of it, all I can say is that our feelings are often misleading and influenced by patterns and expectations. They;re unreliable. It’s OK to feel as if you have a finite amount of creativity to work with — you can always tap into however much you need or desire. This is true for me, although I had to start working consistently to be able to see it. Henry Miller said, “When you can’t create, you CAN work 🙂