to live a creative life

Before my research on wholeheartedness (and before the 2007 breakdown spiritual awakening), I was completely disconnected from my creativity. My disconnection took the form of judgment, resentment, and fear:

“A-R-T – how nice. I have a J-O-B – I’m doing real work.” 

“I’m not the creative type.” 

“Spending time creating is self-indulgent.” 

Behind all of these emotions was disconnection. I had the creativity scars that many of us have; the ones that come from not being able to draw a still life in middle school and being told that I better stick with writing and reading.

Today, I’m reconnected with my creativity and it’s transforming every part of my life. Creativity brings me joy, helps me stay more grateful, calms me down, and inspires me. It helps me keep my perfectionism in check and has become a powerful way to connect with my family. 

In The Gifts of Imperfection, I summarize what I learned from the world of Wholehearted living and loving:

1. “I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.

2. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.

3. If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing—it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.

I’m so grateful for what I’ve learned and for all of you who are creating and sharing your work with the world. 

I’m celebrating creativity today with a giveway of this great poster by Amanda Cherie. 

Just leave your name in the comment section and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday! 


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  5. Congrats! Its simple but rocks the wold, no one can defeat the creativity of human. Every human in this world has their own creativity but you must learn how to show and use it.

  6. Corinna

    LOVE this poster. LOVE your words and your work. Thank you.

  7. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your article! I totally agree. Also, wanted to add that if one does achieve some level of recognition in a creative field, then the fear and/or self-criticism proportionally increases to 'live up to that level' ALL the time.