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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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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ANXIETY MY OLD FRIEND

If you experience that surface level anxiety that just sort of lurks with you for the whole day, then you are not alone. Find out what helps me navigate an anxious spell...

Anxiety and I are old friends, it likes to come and visit me every once in a while. Even though feeling anxious is familiar to me, I am baffled by my need to worry each time. It’s panicky nature is smothering and I wish I knew the secrets to mastering it and banishing it from life for good.

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THE SLOW LIVING RETREAT FREE E-BOOK

I am often asked about how we manage to live slowly. It seems as if people think there is some sort of mystery to it. However, I believe anyone can benefit from some slow living. As a lifestyle it can conjure up images of retreating to the country and growing your own vegetables, but in reality it doesn’t need to include either of those things. Sign up for your free copy of THE SLOW LIVING RETREAT

It’s been a while since I have posted and that is partly because I have been busy putting together The Slow Living Retreat. The free book is designed to help you slow down and reconnect back to yourself. It’s launching next week, so there is still time to join in and sign up to get your free copy.

I am often asked about how we manage to live slowly. It seems as though people think there is some sort of mystery to it. However, I believe anyone can benefit from some slow living. As a lifestyle it can conjure up images of retreating to the country and growing your own vegetables, but in reality it doesn’t need to include either of those things. Of course it is possible to live slowly in a busy city. No matter who you are and what your life is currently like, I am sure that by slowing down and becoming aware of those wholehearted moments in your day, you will improve your wellbeing and bring more happiness into your life.

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HOW BEST TO REST & TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

There are many different ways to rest, and some rest is more restorative than others. The idea of doing ‘nothing’ for some can be a challenge in itself, and I too sometimes struggle with this. If you fall into this category it can be easier if 'resting' is built into an activity like having a bath, or doing some yoga. Read more tips on how to rest and take time for yourself over on Geoffrey and Grace ...

It seems a little ironic for me to be writing this blog post, as over the last few weeks I haven’t taken much time to myself at all. Like most people I guess, when I am busy, the ‘me time’ is the first thing to go.

With the Easter school holidays, and our kitchen renovation (more coming on that soon), resting has been pretty sparse too.

Rest is of course, fundamental to our well-being, and everyone has their own way of unwinding and relaxing. Perhaps the idea of ‘me time’ for some folk sounds awful. The concept that we all need some time to ourselves to slow down and reconnect makes sense though, doesn’t it?

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