I was talking to the beautiful Domenica More Gordon the other day about creativity.
I love this woman, she is across all creative fields including making felt dogs, directing short films, and illustrating and writing children’s books.
We were talking about the process of creativity and the labels that are often associated with creativity that makes it appear that it is an exclusive club that not everyone has the member’s badge to enter.
Domenica is passionate, and so am I, that creativity is for everyone. We came into this world creative with the ability to create whatever we want but one of the things that we are rarely told in life, is that we are creators. We may hear that we are creative but rarely that we are creators and our lives are a form of art and the best way to create them is with passion.
So what makes someone creative or not? In my humble opinion, it’s TIME and CONNECTION.
It’s the choice or not to give something time, to try something you think you might be interested in, to poke around in the dark, scratch the surface like a chicken looking for a grub and when you find something you like, stick with it.
Yes, folks, that is my definition of creativity. It’s crossing the comfort zone of fear and saying I will pick up a paintbrush, an embroidery needle, a camera, an excel file, a pair of knitting needles or a guitar.
Music is in all of us, we just need to remember the rhythm. Art is in all of us, we just need to let go. Seeing is in all of us, if we slow down and take the time to see.
Creativity for me is allowing myself to try something with no outcome and doing the kilometres (my Aussie way of saying doing it over and over again).
If I hadn’t left my life at 35, I may have died a closet creative!!!
Instead, like a chicken scratching around I found a grub, I found photography. I turned that grub over and over and kept looking for more grubs, scratched a little deeper till after a lot of scratching around in the dark, I realised I am creative.
For this very reason along with my dear friends Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs and hubby Francesco we have created JOY, a Living Creatively Retreat so you can create the next part of your life with intention. We will help you let the closet creative out, define your life’s desires, encourage you to start consciously creating the next part of your life, re-think your well-being, and bring more Joy into your daily life. The idea is you walk away with passion and clarity for the next part of your life.
During our daily focus sessions, we will invite you to think differently and allow you to connect to what your heart has always desired. Oh, and there will be long table lunches, boat trips, swims, daily art lessons and dancing.
Registration closes on February 28th.
“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift”. – Albert Einstein