Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagiantion encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

A verified Einstein quote!

(Those are rarer than hen’s teeth…)

In my view, the most useful knowledge is knowing where and how to look things up ;)

Nurturing your creative life

Something that is vital to having a creative life, but often oh-so-hard to prioritise in the daily grind, is nurturing that creative life.

As you may have guessed from my posts, this is not something that comes naturally to me. I have had to learn ways of doing it, and all too often the daily grind takes over. I suspect this is true for most of us (please tell me I’m not alone!)

So, here are three things I’ve learned (and endeavour to apply) that help keep me sparking:

* First on the list, and for good reason, is giving myself time and space to ponder and dream.

I have a journalling habit that helps me clear the dross out of my brain. I find handwriting with a nice flowing pen helps the thoughts flow through me – it constantly amazes me what rises to the surface when I can achieve that semi-trance flow state (and how fast it all comes to a crashing stop when the kids want something… only two three interruptions while writing this post!)

* Next up is making sure I have regular exposure to inspiration in its myriad forms.

I use Pinterest and my music collection for this when I’m at home – and is the reason behind my ‘Random Bits of Inspiration‘ posts. I’ll also trawl YouTube for new music and use Google image searches on whatever topic springs to mind. Out and about, I try to look around me and appreciate my surroundings. I also have a serious library habit, and I try not to limit myself, but wander all the shelves (especially non-fiction) to see what leaps out.

*Third (and where I often fall down) is getting on and actually doing creative stuff.

Right now, this often involves sitting around knitting or crocheting – I find that process meditative, and the colour and feel of the yarn is a form of inspiration in itself. I do get caught in the ‘too many ideas and not enough time to make them’ trap, but I’ll keep plugging away.

What I would like to do, and don’t get round to often enough, is to take myself to my studio space and play – be it dancing, sewing, beading , yarning, whatever. For some reason, actually getting myself downstairs into my studio is a hard thing for me to do at present. It’s much easier to stay upstairs and dream and knit. I suspect part of it is the ‘fear of my own creativity‘ thing. Another part may be my desire to have a less-cluttered space – which means less fabric and less yarn and less stuff, and I don’t want to let go! It’s (another) work in progress (and I’m never short of those ;) )

So, that’s me. How about you?

Do these ideas resonate with you?

Do you have other ways of keeping your creativity alive and well?

I’d love to hear about them (and you)…

 

 

Integration

 

As you may have guessed from my posts, I do a lot of thinking…

In recent weeks, following on from work started with’The Artist’s Way‘, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want from my life, how I want to work, and what my heart and soul crave.

I have realised that the common denominator in all that I do is simply me.

My art, my craft, my dance, my writing… all these flow directly from within me. While they may manifest in separable products, the urge that creates them is all within me.

Thus, I have also realised that trying to maintain a separate identity for some bits of this (in particular, my Etsy shop and associated blog) isn’t working for me. While there may well be opportunities in the future that require a separate business identity (and I do have particular dream goal in mind), right now it’s not necessary – in fact, it’s a drain on my energy and creativity. I have spread myself too thin. (You might hope I would’ve remembered this lesson from a few years ago – maybe next time?!)

So, I am integrating my life.

I have closed the shop blog and renamed my shop to reflect the ‘verdant’ creative life I desire – and link in with this blog and my other endeavours.

I am hoping this allow a fresh burst of creative energy manifesting in even more consistent blogging (as well as a few other things) ;) We can but hope!

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By the way, if you’ve just come over from my Sheba~NZ blog, WELCOME!

It’s good to have you all here :)

 

 

 

 

When life intervenes…

I had incredibly good intentions for posting over the last week, then…life happened!

Between the kids taking over the computer (Minecraft trumps Mum every time – sigh…), kitchen renovations, craziness at the day job, and trying to ‘internalise some complex situations’ in my inner life, blogging just didn’t happen (but you probably noticed that already!)

Anyway, a new week is starting…

As one of the lessons I’ve been learning is to let go of the past, I’m going to practice that now and look forward to a lot more blogging in the week(s) to come ;)

See you again soon (and thanks for your patience)

Look around

I get a lot of inspiration from looking at the world around me.

I am fortunate to live on the hillside of a beautiful (albeit suburban) valley, and just down the road from a large bush reserve. This means my surroundings are full of trees, bird song, and constantly changing light.

I’m particularly fond of the evening light here: it hits the hills across the valley in a different way every day… and then there’s the cloud patterns…

Here’s a few of the photos I’ve taken of this view over the six years I’ve lived here. I hope they might also inspire you:

Moonrise in Tawa

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Clouds over Tawa

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Letting go of the past

I’ve been challenged in recent days about the amount of past baggage I’ve been letting intrude into my present. Between the loving but firm words of good friends and the continuing synchronicity of the internet, I’ve been unable to avoid facing up to this.

When I stopped procrastinating and avoiding it, and actually thought about my baggage, I realised a couple of things:

1. my skin renews itself entirely every seven years – surely I can allow my heart/soul/mind to renew after more than twice that many years, and

2. I’ve had enough of holding onto the past and letting my baggage limit me.

So…

I’ve decided to make the choice to live ‘here and now’ (helped along by this blog post).

I’ve decided to celebrate who I am and all the good I have now.

I don’t need to hold onto past pain and others’ expectations – I can soar higher without that baggage.

I do realise that actually living this way every day will be harder than choosing to make this decision was (and that was hard enough).

That said, I am choosing to work at this, and choosing to let my soul heal.

I am certain it will be worth the effort.

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Right, that’s the heavy bit over ;)

In the interests of enjoying the here and now, here’s one of my favourite ‘Simon’s cat’ videos: