Creating Objections…Money

So you want to be a writer, a painter, a songwriter, a dancer, a quilter, or a creative entrepreneur but you just don’t have enough time, confidence, or money?

All that creative energy lives within us waiting for its chance to surface once we decide to get out of the way of thinking our way through it. Creativity is an evolution process not a thought process but yet we try to bottle it up as a commodity to market and sell for some monetary value for our efforts.

Does it have to be that way though? Can’t living a creative life mean we appreciate the gift of creativity in each other and honor those gifts by creating that which calls to be created. Is selling for profit or receiving an award the only reward? Why does it have to be all or nothing? This mindset is one of the biggest obstacles keeping us from pursuing art, not having enough of something. Enough already! Create your art for the sake of creating your art, for that alone is enough.

The true value of art is immeasurable because it belongs to the eternal.

Money – Does working on your creative project cost money or is it the perception that if I leap into living the life of an artist then I will have to learn to be happy hungry? Living a more creative life doesn’t mean you have to quit your job and create art all day every day, where you don’t worry about paying the bills and life is just peachy because all you do is create your art. Let’s get real here, is that really the life you want to live anyway? After all your then your creative pursuits would become your work and too much work…well makes Jack a dull boy, right? Again it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

The practice of committing to your art should not have a price on it, sure there may be sacrifices to make, perhaps cutting some other expenses that also happen to take up your time and money hindering you from working on your craft anyway. But honestly to bring more creativity into your life it shouldn’t cost a thing.

Think about it. We can create new schedules, new living spaces, new relationships, new opportunities, new ideas, new habits that don’t cost a thing. The act of creating anything doesn’t have a dollar sign attached to it nor should its perceived value determine whether we pursue it or not. If I was inclined to paint a picture of a beautiful sunset outside my window, would I not paint it because I thought I couldn’t make a living of it, of course not, and so I paint it anyway mainly because I enjoy painting sunsets and then secondly hoping that perhaps I can share this gift of painting sunsets with someone else who enjoys looking at sunsets.

There are some real solutions to all these creative objections we use. We can let go of the notion that if we can’t make a living off our art then why bother or if one person says its ugly then why bother or it’s just not a priority right now but maybe someday I will. Don’t let these creative objections continue to prevent you from opening the door to your creativity.

The real reward for producing great art does not fall upon the magnitude for acceptance but rather the gratification we get by creating something from that part of our being that seeks to connect us with others, that sacred place within waiting to come to life through our creative practice….and that is priceless!

Creating Objections… Fear less!

I have a tremendous respect for fiction writers who have the ability to take us into our imaginations with their remarkable gift of crafting interesting characters, weaving fantastic stories into visual worlds by using words written on a page. The dedication to show up and commit to the process of allowing the story to unfold on its own and not being afraid to let it take over the logical mind is an art in itself. Yet at some level we all deal with some measure of fear when we approach our own writing, fear of not being good enough or not having an audience. The only way to answer that objection is to answer why do we write? Are we really writing for approval anyway?

Removing the validation factor from the equation of success releases our fear of being judged. Creating with intention and being honest in our writing as we craft our own beautiful stories brings forth the courage that is required to create any work of art.

When we marvel at a true “work” of art, we are appreciating the dedication it took from the artist who committed to creating something from nothing and the courage to explore through that creativity.

It is the simplest and purest form of sincerity when we offer our gifts from the heart, where fear has no place. There is no fear placed in the words – in the stitches – in the paint – in the click of the camera so why should we add it to the piece later. Fear is an illusion that we create in thinking we have to satisfy the masses.

The next time you begin to feel that ole fear rising, remember this isn’t a life or death situation if you put something out there that doesn’t appear to be a success you will be ok. Like beauty, success is in the eye of the beholder. You determine how success is measured. Is it by starting and finishing a project, maybe your work inspired a smile or perhaps that quilt brought someone warmth, your painting reminded someone of home.

Let’s stop creating the fear factor into our works and be brave to create with purpose through our commitment and application where fear has no say other than goodbye I am not welcomed here.

Creating Objections – Time…Overruled!

Time business concept. judge

This is the first of several common creative objections people use when asked about their creative endeavors.

Time – there’s just isn’t enough of it. You may feel this way too, there’s just not enough time to devote to my creativity on a full time basis so I won’t bother. But does it have to be all or nothing? What if there is a way to devote fully to your artistic projects by making a decision to do so and working within the time you have. SO you only have thirty minutes late at night to work on your project then devote yourself fully to those thirty minutes. Consider other ways to create during your busy day, even if it may not be the ideal time space you envisioned, that doesn’t mean you have to give it up altogether or punish your life for not being able to devote more time being creative.

If being creative is that important to you then you will create the space. It is about priorities and perhaps right now in your life there are other pressing priorities and your creative life has a smaller piece of the clock but that also doesn’t mean it has to suffer or be silenced, you can still find ways to fill your creative glass without feeling half empty. Once you decide to open up space in your busy calendar by re-prioritizing and making room for your creative projects you will have countered your first objection. Then surround yourself with other creative folks who are encouraging and supportive especially when you feel those creative objections surface.

There is no perfect storm for any artist – the conditions – the finances – and time allowance are always a factor.

If you still think that somehow if you just had enough time then you could become a full time artist, you are missing the whole point in that you still have to commit to the creation. There will always be some form of objection we create to try to stop our creative process, some distraction that says not now, but it is up to us to overrule those objections by showing up anyway and start creating.

That’s the solution to any creative objection – make it a priority – create the space – doing the work will silence the objection. Letting go of the notion that if we can’t do it full time then why bother or that someday we will have more time to be creative are all flimsy excuses that keep us safe from opening the door to creativity.

Your creative muscles are ready, they don’t care about your excuses, in their view this is do or die to their livelihood. They want to practice through commitment, to explore and experiment. This is what enjoying the creative life means, to honor your muse, create with intention, have fun with the process, try new things, collaborate, let go of expectations and trust the evolution in developing on its own without interference of perfection. When we realize that we have the ability to create the life we want, and begin to pay more attention to the choices we make with our time filled days we are well on our way to creating new life. As writer Sarah Selecky says in this article “Choice is creativity. Making choices about life is making art out of it”

To live more creatively means just that, to live more creatively throughout your day. We are amazing creative beings that crave to be open to see new possibilities and seize them. It’s time to start creating our art and stop creating objections.

Stay tuned for Creating Objections Part 2 – Fear