I’ve always known that I am creative. I loved to paint and draw as a kid. I love doing creative projects and artsy craftsy stuff. I take in the world with grace and sensitivity. And yet, it was not until a few years ago that I really, truly acknowledged and gave voice to my authentic creative self. That wise, intuitive part of me that feels compelled to express herself, to make beauty in the world and to live a life in full color. I refer to my creative self as my Inner Muse. And her name is Sparkling Sage.
When author Gail McMeekin shared, “I needed to stop competing in the corporate world and reconnect with my artistic, intuitive feminine self,” I recalled those first inklings. In my pre-work-for-myself-life, I didn’t fully trust my Inner Muse. In fact, I don’t even know if I knew she was there! I ignored her whispers in my ear and instead worked more hours so I could get that next promotion. I placated myself by reasoning that I did creative things on the side. But through all those years, my full creative self was stifled. I always felt like something was missing or that I didn’t quite belong. My Inner Muse was giving me hints that there was a much more fulfilling, authentic and creative path to walk.
It wasn’t until participating in a Leadership program about five years ago, that I fully tapped into the power of my creative self and gave myself permission to lead my life from my soft, feminine Inner Muse. Even though it feels much more vulnerable to come from that place, I know it’s what gives me the most strength. Now she guides me in my work and in how I show up in the world. She’s thriving because I have acknowledged her wisdom. Sure, there are still times when those nasty gremlins come in with their doubts and worries. And because my creative self is being nourished and supported, Sparkling Sage is able to ground me back in what matters most.
I acknowledge my creative self by:
- Connecting with my Sparkling Sage wo-manifesto.
- Giving her a voice through my work, blogging, writing and other creative acts.
- Letting her play with and be inspired by other creative cohorts. I’m soooo relishing in a creative women’s circle that formed this week with some fellow bloggers. My Inner Muse is thrilled to have other creative souls supporting and encouraging her.
- Creating space for her to breathe. Having white space on my calendar to nourish myself, take a break, or to follow a creative spark.
- Making an Inner Muse portrait (pictured above) to represent the essence of my creative self – spacious, graceful, feminine, flowing, playful, elegant and wise.
How do you acknowledge your creative self? What name will you give your Inner Muse?
P.S. – Take a listen to my chat with Jamie about creativity and acknowledging your creative self. It’s the first interview in a series of discussions with creative bloggers to accompany the Next Chapter book club.