To Keep Our Creativity Flowing

I'm blogging on my iPhone. A first and a last time for everything. I'm in my bed under flannel sheets and an old quilt and my feet are still cold. I've been reading and gawping at Sabrina Ward Harrison's Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself. (I'll add links tomorrow when I get back on the computer.)

I read more of Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life this weekend and I found a quote I want to share with you. A life change artist is someone who is:

Deliberately working to create a more fulfilling life.

I like that definition. But I want to make one caveat. Deliberately working to create a more fulfilling life does not mean I am unhappy. My life is fulfilling in many ways.

What I am working to deliberately create is a fulfilling creative life. I have a longing to make something or many somethings that communicate and connect and touch, move, inspire someone. I suppose in hopes that somehow whatever this making is will make life better and more fulfilling for me and for the someone who receives it.

I don't know why I have this longing. I only know I've always had it. I've always been motivated by this desire. A lot of times I struggle with it. Because I think it would be easier to not have it. But, when I try to ignore it, I just make myself miserable.

Another quote I like from Becoming a Life Change Artist is about the need to carry a sketchbook and put things into it: be consistently creative, we need to transfer what is in our hearts and minds into the concrete form of writing or drawing. ... The point is to keep our creativity flowing.

Pretty cool, huh? It makes me smile to read that.