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?
Last week Geoffrey & Grace and the other makers at Margot got some very exciting news…
Margot has been shortlisted for a Mollie Makes Handmade Award!
When I received the email to tell me, I was cooking Bailey’s dinner and I jumped around the kitchen giggling in disbelief. I had to read the email another three times for the news to properly sink in.
Some of you may have noticed a few small changes to the Geoffrey & Grace blog recently.
Several things have happened over the last couple of months that have made me think about why I am doing what I do, and how I do what I do.
One thing that has been at the forefront of my thinking is Holly Becker’s advice to “use your blog as a catalyst to help you live the best life possible”. I think this is a great suggestion and my blog is constantly challenging me to learn and develop, but I also want to inspire others to get the most out of their life, and live the best life possible.
I was here earlier in the week telling you all about how March is to be a month of making. I also mentioned that my current workspace and sewing room is a bit of a mess.
Now I am all for a space that you make and create in being a bit messy – it’s a beautiful mess right? It does however have to be balanced with some organisation, otherwise my brain starts to feel a little chaotic, like the space around me.
Well I have been having a think about what my dream workspace would look like, and here are a few things that my ideal sewing room would have….
Talking a little bit about being calm and being creative today. I know it is nearly March, but back in the new year I picked a word for 2015. My word for this year is ‘calm’.
If you’ve not heard about this concept before, let me explain… The idea is you choose a word that represents something you want to work on, or improve, or something you want more of in your life. This word can then be brought to mind or reflected on at certain times. It can also help to focus your intent.