CREATIVITY, WELL-BEING AND EARNING MONEY

Creativity and having a creative practice is so important for our general well-being. For me, creativity has always been an opportunity to play, a safe place to explore, experiment and express what ever is going on in my life. It’s easy to see why those characteristics are so beneficial in helping us to feel good. When your creativity starts to become your source of income, how do you combine a creative self-practice that makes you feel good and fuels your well-being whilst also earning you money?

Creativity and having a creative practice is so important for our general well-being. For me, creativity has always been an opportunity to play, a safe place to explore, experiment and express whatever is going on in my life. It’s easy to see why those characteristics are so beneficial in helping us to feel good.

A while ago I mentioned that finding those creative moments seems harder than before. More accurately, the main shift over the last year and half is that I have started to earn money from my creativity – my writing, my photography, and this blog space.

Previously, my creativity was just for me, it didn’t really matter what anyone else thought or whether it fulfilled someone else’s ideas. However, now I am submitting features to editors and working with brands, and that context changes how it feels to create the work.

I realise it’s a dream for many to transition into earning money from their creativity and I feel very thankful to have been paid for my creative endeavours over the last year and a bit. However, when your creativity starts to become your source of income, how do you combine a creative self-practice that makes you feel good and fuels your well-being whilst also earning you money?

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THE MAGIC OF THE JUST SO FESTIVAL

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just so Festival in Cheshire. As soon as you walk under the Just So Sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world. A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think they are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just So Festival in Cheshire. It was packed full of family fun. We made lots of great memories that there are almost too many to share with you in one blog post.

As soon as you walk under the Just So sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world.

A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Where there are sing-alongs and stories being told by the campfire. Where you are allowed to do things that you might not usually be allowed to do at home; have a pillow or jelly fight, have a midnight feast, build a structure with jelly beans.

Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think those are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

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ABSENT

Creating is where a big part of my light comes from and is fundamental to my well being, and living a wholehearted life. It is as necessary for me to create and express as it is for me to breath in and out.  The very wise Brene Brown says “Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame.” Creativity is an energy, a life force, it needs to feed into something - if it goes unused it doesn't just evaporate. If we're not going to allow it to flow into creation of some kind then it makes sense that it will fester and manifest in some other form. More on GeoffreyandGrace.com

Where did you go to?

I miss the light you set free,

Time to come back please.

 

I have been sitting at my computer for over 30 minutes now, typing without really saying very much. It’s like a muscle gone un-stretched. It feels a little weird and wobbly to be writing here but, boy have I missed it.

Actually, May and June were full of typing with the freelance writing work I’ve been doing (super thankful about all of that and I’ll let you know when the pieces are out) and of course busy publishing The Slow Living Retreat – which was great fun. Connecting with you all on here feels very different though. And now that I get started, it feels as though there is lots to say, like it has all been simmering away under the surface waiting for the opportunity to be released. Too much for one blog post that’s for sure.

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FAMILY FESTIVAL TIME: JUST SO

Reading through the Just So Festival website is like stepping into another world - one that is full of magic. For three days in late August, Just So offers a chance to dream, play, get messy, have fun, and step outside day-to-day normality. Find out more details on the Geoffrey and Grace blog... Photo credit Just So Festival

Hello all, I had a dream of a weekend at Sisterhood Camp, more on that later. It got me thinking about our family plans for the summer and what we might get up to.

In August the three of us are off to the Just So Festival at Rode Hall in Cheshire. We’ve never been before but over the last few years I have seen several friends take their little ones along, and it always looks like such good fun.

Reading through the Just So Festival website is like stepping into another world – one that is full of magic. For three days in late August, Just So offers a chance to dream, play, get messy, have fun, and step outside day-to-day normality.

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SHADES OF WHITE: HOW TO PICK PAINT COLOUR

There are so many shades of white. Even on this white rose the subtleties in colour and tone vary from petal to petal. The responsibility to pick the right colours for all the rooms in our house feels like no small task. So, how do you go about deciding what colours are the best shades for the walls in your home?

There are so many shades of white. Even on this white rose the subtleties in colour and tone vary from petal to petal. Of course how the light hits the colour alters our perception of what we see; more shadow and contrast, or more highlights. The responsibility to pick the right colours for all the rooms in our house feels like no small task. So, how do you go about deciding what colours are the best shades for the walls in your home?

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