You have got to set the right mood for Creativity. That boyfriend that used to light a candle, cook your dinner, and present it in a candlelit room had figured some things out. He knew how to set the mood for romance. Same goes for creativity.
If you are a creative, you will know that there is a moment in time where you will feel in flow with your creative process. The more in sync you are with your process, the better you will feel as you work on your projects.
For me, as an artist, being present with myself and my process helps me sort out all my values, situations, and problems in my life. I can ask myself the question, What am I doing with this creative process, really? What am I trying to say? How am I trying to express myself?
It is so important for me to check in with my creative process.
Last Friday, I made it to my studio at Olly Olly, the sun was shining, and my husband was picking up my daughter from school. I had a little extra money to get some new canvases to paint on from a bonus I had gotten at work and I had just finished “Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson, which had inspired me to write more chapters of the book I am working on.
I made it to the studio and as much as I wanted to get to work, I just sat on the floor and meditated. Checking in with self, my energetic space, and sending gratitude to all the people in my home that had allowed me to get to that point in my practice.
Truth be told, lately, I have not been present with myself or my process. I had not been checking in with myself, my energetic space, who I am, where I am headed, or even with my creative process. I felt pulled apart in ways that I had not felt in a long time. See, the truth of the matter is, my family has needed my attention and my new job has needed a lot of my attention.
My creative process also needed a break.
See, I worked my creativity to the bone in 2017 when I was going to school full time, working full time, becoming a new mom, and developing my artistic voice. I fully transformed who I was and what my reality looked like to align to my truer values, so I could express myself in a way that inspired. I couldn’t of done any of that work without creativity’s support. But there came a point where, it had had enough. I checked in with self, my creative process, and my energetic space, it gave me the hand. It told me to relax, enjoy the presence around me, go out with friends, have a drink, take naps, and just enjoy splattering some rainbows all over the place. But, rest and relaxation is not a forever mood.
If you are a creative, the angst to create will grow if you are not creating.
I began to feel angst to create and I started feeling less grounded in my own skin. Projects and ideas that wanted to work with me were popping up at my doorstep and seeing if I was ready, again. So I asked the question, Creativity, do you want to work with me? I needed to get back to my passion projects. I mean, I had so much to process since the last time I dived into my practice. But in order to get the most out of my energy, it is so important for me to have clean energy, clean space, and an organized mind.
Even if you thrive in Creative Chaos, that chaos has to be receptive to your own energy.
When I set the mood for creativity, I set the mood everywhere. I pray, I clean, I organize, I brainstorm, I archive files, and I even clean my aura. I ask myself questions about what tools I will need to finish a project.
Over the years, I have developed a ritual and routine for cleaning my creative work space, so I can explode and create. And now, I am sharing it with you!
Download the PDF, check in with yourself, and get creating. Tell me how it works out for you. Let’s all create at the top of our game. Let’s set the mood and build on each other. I believe in you.
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