Now that the end of the year is approaching, it’s nice to reflect on what the year has meant and what the goals for the next year will be. For me 2015 was a year of big changes. My overall goal for 2015 was to push myself creatively, which also meant 2015 was a year of taking many chances for me. I started this blog, was super lost working in Photoshop and WordPress (I’m proud to say I’m now just slightly less lost), I started sharing my work on Instagram (are we friends yet?), and connected with many talented people.
I had many ups and downs, and often was questioning, is this really worth all the time and work it takes? I even shared a post on how I’ve worked through self doubt. But at least for me, I have found I really need to create. I have these ideas inside of me that need to come out, so whether I share them or not, I just need to make them. I’ve found though, that I also really love sharing with others. I truly believe that everyone has the capacity to create, and if sharing tutorials on my blog helps someone else start on a journey of creating, then that is a great gift for me to receive. And thank you for all the lovely comments and emails, they have meant a lot!
I feel that creating helps us express ourselves better and through creating we start to know ourselves better. Even if you only have time to create once a month, or a little each night, it can still be a powerful experience.
I love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks while weaving and I recently was listening to the podcast Magic Lessons and I heard the best quote from Brene Brown:
“The only unique contribution that we will make in this world, will be born of creativity”
Just think about that, when you’re creating you get to decide what will happen. You can take all that you imagine and make it into something tangible. I’ve talked about it before, but sometimes creating helps me work through an emotion and sometimes it’s a more vague idea that has been in my head. But either way, just the act of taking a thought or emotion and making it into something real is very rewarding and empowering. And it doesn’t matter if others like it or not, that is not the point. The point is that you’ve created something that didn’t exist before.
I would love to hear what creating means to you. Whether you’re just starting to explore creating, are creating in your free time, or have made it your job to be creating, I would love to hear your thoughts. How does it make you feel when you create something? How would you feel if you couldn’t create anymore.
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If you want to explore more of these ideas of creating and how it helps I really recommend the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. And if you’re like me and want to listen to the audiobook, Elizabeth Gilbert reads it herself and has one of the best reading voices (trust me on this, I’ve listened to many audiobooks). How I save money on audiobooks is #1 check my local library. A lot of libraries are now offering audiobook rentals (some can even be rented online!) so ask yours if this is an option. #2 my husband and I have been using Audible for a few years now and we just love it, because we get a lot of audiobooks at a very discounted price.
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