My struggle with creativity started…well…I don’t recall exactly when it started. I remember being uber-creative in my childhood. I’m not sure when that ended. All I know is that, a few years ago, something came over me: I felt like I had lost my creativity. My mind, body and soul were desperately yearning to have that same level of creativity I once had as a child.

Merriam-Webster defines creativity as “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” Over the last few years, I’ve felt a complete creative drain. Most likely this was due to not taking care of myself emotionally, mentally and physically, and not living my true purpose. I put a ton of pressure on myself to be creative again, but it doesn’t work like that. I can’t just say to myself “BE CREATIVE AGAIN!” I knew I needed to do something to tap further into my creative source.

In early November, this blog post came through my inbox. It spoke to me at the deepest level. I read it over and over again for two straight weeks.

Part of the reason I chose to do a sabbatical is because I wanted to rediscover my creative side. When my sabbatical started, it was obvious to me that I had been under too much stress. I needed to listen to my heart to get back in touch with my creativity. I turned back to that blog post and had a revelation: It wasn’t that I didn’t feel creative anymore. I didn’t believe in myself anymore. That was a huge moment for me. My experience in Bali confirmed this and helped me get through it.

I know now and fully believe that we are all creative. We might not show it through art or crafts or performing, but we all have it inside us to “make new things or think of new ideas.” I’m on a mission to continue to unlock my creativity. This sabbatical has helped me do that, and I finally feel like I’m finding my unique creative expression again. Each day, I’m tapping into my “play instinct.” When I give myself permission to play, my creative mind soars beyond my expectations.

-> TWEETABLE TEXT: Give yourself permission to play, and you’ll rediscover your unique creative expression. <-

My creative vibe is back! I can’t wait to share with you the business idea that came from a creative moment with a friend recently. It’s too early to talk about it, but if you sign up for my weekly email, you will be the first to learn about it.

My Struggle With Creativity

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Photo attribution: “creative quote” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0