Today was my second recording of my first Periscope. Yesterday, I recorded almost the same Periscope (actually it was quite a bit longer) and then turned my iPad around to watch the replay only to realize the camera had slipped and the entire video was of my chest…
So, here’s what I meant to do the first time, in a much shorter video (which is still a bit long).
And it’s all about creative living and what you can start doing right now to make life a little better for yourself. Of course, I had a little help in all of this, thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Eat, Pray, Love) new book, Big Magic, which I found very magical indeed.
I found the book by accident (what rock was I living under?!), bought it with a gift card and then spent four days obsessively savouring every page. The content described EVERYTHING I have been thinking about for the past few months and to read it in someone else’s more eloquent words really was quite magical.
So without further adieu, here’s my first Periscope. And yes, I call that my Cheshire cardigan.
3 Takeaways from “Big Magic” to find creative freedom
Live with curiosity, not fear
Gilbert shares a comical anecdote wherein she has a conversation with fear, letting them know they can join for the roadtrip, but they definitely can’t drive. It’s a great lesson. Fear is the killer of creativity, so don’t let it run your life and make your decisions. Make room for fear, don’t think you can squash it, but definitely give it the middle finger when it tries to get in the way.
Instead, be brave and be curious. Ask, “why” a lot. Get interested in your surroundings and take inspiration from everything.
Enjoy the process
This was probably the most important lesson, for me, at least. As creatives, we often worry about the outcome of our work (money, status, acceptance), and forget to enjoy the beautiful process of creating.
Be with your work as you’re doing it, don’t let perfectionism kill your creativity, and have fun!
Be a trickster, not a martyr
There is a fetishized stereotype of the creative as a long-suffering, dark person holed up in a lonesome studio, whittling away at their work. Who do you know who is actually like that? The successful creatives in my life are happy people (WHAT!?). It’s true.
So stop suffering, or pretending to suffer, and be a creative problem solver. Have fun finding solutions to things and allow your creativity to take its own course.
Being a trickster is all about saying fuck the status quo, I’m going to think on my own and see where this goes.
And now for the challenge! In Big Magic, Gilbert challenges us to set our intent daily. What are you going to do in the world? Share it publicly, or write it in your journal, but do it daily and mean it.
And I’m adding to that. I want you to live more creatively (because it’s awesome and you’ll feel awesome), so every day I want you to make time for creative living. It can be 15 minutes or half an hour, but just do it. What can you try, do differently, or create? For this next month, I’ve decided, even though I technically am a professional creative, that I’m going to spend 1/2 an hour a day making art, just for the fun of it. Yesterday I did some pen sketches. Today I will probably draw.
Tell me in the comments what you’re going to do! Ta-ta for now.