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The One Thing Every Creative Needs To Do To Feel Happy

Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? – Elizabeth Gilbert

Take Creative Action

 

If you are anything like me, you have this deep and compulsive urge within you that haunts every moment of your life. *no, I am not referring to your urge to squish the cheese in the supermarket display, you sicko!

The urge I am referring to is surprisingly simple in its demands, and only ever says one thing:

You. Must. Create.

I can’t remember the first time I realised I was cursed – sorry – blessed with this innate need, but I know that I have been resisting it for just as long.

This is quite a boring thing to do, as all I am merely repeating the age old cycle of creative denial, which usually consists of three highly complex steps:

  1. Urge to live the best fucking creative and amazing life you possibly can
  2. Feeling too scared to do it and pursuing something else instead, while constantly beating yourself up about it
  3. Repeat

With the fear come the excuses, and you put following your calling off for another day or two, until another year has passed. It’s easier. It feels safe.

It is comfortable in the same way as Chinese Water Torture is comfortable. You think you’re fine at first, but drop by drop it will drive you insane.

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What To Do When You Are Too Afraid To Create

 

“Resistance is a bully. Resistance has no strength of its own; its power derives entirely from our fear of it.” – Steven Pressfield

what to do when you are too afraid to create four simple steps to help you deal with creator's fear blog post catdepillar illustrator artist

As I sit in my pyjamas at four in the evening and contemplatively take a sip of tea, I begin to wonder why it feels so hard to start the creative process.

Creating is what I DO, so why am I not whipping out the paints, splattering them wildly across a large canvas and throwing my cat over it in an outbreak of artistic ecstasy?

Why has yet another day/ month/ year passed without me doing anything remotely associated with creating? Why have I not picked up a brush, a pen, a needle, a pair of scissors?

Why have I not been listening to my deep desire, my core need, my inner longing  – to create?

Oh right, because it’s fucking terrifying!

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It Takes Courage To Dance In The Shards Of Who You Were

 “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ― Ambrose Redmoon

Artwork by Cat De Pillar

Artwork by Cat De Pillar. Click To See Print.

This is to the woman who was once told to stop wearing her “ridiculous” hats.

To the woman who has been told that she needs to be less

loud. extravagant. different. unpolished. overpolished. individual. big.

passionate. confident. happy. opinionated. angry. emotional. of herself…

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