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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MONTHLY VOICE: SEPTEMBER

The Monthly Voice for September; what's been inspiring me, why moments of slow are as important as ever and how we make bedtime silly in order to help our daughter who has a habit of worrying.September has been and gone and brought with it all the wonderful golden hues of autumn. Fall is quite possibly my favourite season. The sunlight is particularly beautiful in September and October, as the sun gradually gets lower in the sky and seems to soften and glow as it goes.

As the days shorten and the nights get longer, there is a moment of equilibrium with the autumn equinox, followed a few weeks later by the harvest moon, which was particularly spectacular this year in the UK. I was in the car heading east, and as the moon rose and hovered just above the horizon it seemed so perfectly round and luminous.

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ROOM REVEAL: SLOW AND SIMPLE KITCHEN

How we created a slow and simple kitchen on Geoffrey and Grace... Nearly everything is restored and renovated, and we completed most of the work ourselves.

Hooray, our slow and simple kitchen is finished! And it feels so good to have it done.

It has taken us a little while to get to this point, but that is the reality when you are renovating your victorian house yourself whilst raising a family, working and making space to enjoy life a little too.

We wanted to create a really simple and natural space that would be easy to cook in. The kitchen is small, so everything needs to be organised well. Luckily we have a big larder and the kitchen joins on to a breakfast room where we are able to keep most of our serving dishes.

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MONTHLY VOICE: AUGUST

It’s been a while since I did a Monthly Voice but with that ‘back to school’ feeling thick in the air I thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect them. Here’s what we have been up to recently and some things I have been finding inspiring... Read more on Geoffrey and Grace

It’s been a while since I did a Monthly Voice but with that ‘back to school’ feeling thick in the air, I thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect them.

For those that are new to this little corner of the internet, the Monthly Voice is a place for me to share what we have been loving over the last month and some of the things we have been up to. This one is like a bumper bonus edition because I haven’t written one at all over the summer.

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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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