Friday, January 23, 2009

Acknowledging your Creative Self

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
By Gail Meekin

I have recently joined a Blog Group that is exploring the creative secrets in the above book. We will be individually posting our thoughts on each secret over the next 12 weeks. The book was originally published in 2000. I did not own this book when I read of this project on kellyraeroberts site so I am a little late to the party.

Secret 1: Acknowledging Your Creative Self

I have been an interior designer for over 25 years but I have not always been able to call myself an artist. I could tell others that “everyone is an artist”, but the hardest person to convince was myself. No longer… I am an artist and more importantly I believe it. I will always be a designer and what I have learned as a designer only helps to make me a better artist. They do not have to be mutually exclusive… in fact… they cannot be.

My biggest creative change came about while battling breast cancer. A major change or illness can redefine our lives whether we are ready or not. Cancer was my major change. Although her change was not cancer, Gail Meekin writes; “It was time to redesign my life in line with my limitations and with total allegiance to my truth” When I read this part of the chapter… I said “that’s me” re-designing my life after cancer!!

I too have recently read the Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Our Own Life by Robert Fritz. Like Gail I too need “to focus on manifesting my vision of a balanced, fulfilling life.” (see goals 1999-2009 post – I have been trying to do that for 10 years)

For many years as a designer I acknowledged my creative self, but much of my creativity was solving someone else’s space and design problems. Now I am acknowledging my creative self that needs to shine through at this moment in my life.

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