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Vulnerability, Relationships, and Creativity

By now, most people I know are familiar with Brené Brown and her work on vulnerability. (If you haven’t yet watched her spectacular TED talk on the subject, please go watch it now.) And now that many of us can at least start to understand the concept of vulnerability, we can start to see how […]

Respond vs. React to Keep Your Creative Spark

Creativity is a tricky thing. There’s no consistent recipe for it. You can’t throw a bunch of creative “ingredients” together, push a button, and instantly get a creative spark every time. No, it’s much more nuanced and temperamental than that. In fact, there are many things that can affect your creativity that you’ve maybe never […]

Creativity and Taking Responsibility for Your Emotions

Emotions play a big part in the creative process. Not only can emotions themselves inspire and fuel creativity, but the way you handle your emotions can, too. We’ve already discussed, for example, how emotional resilience—the ability to manage your emotions in healthy ways—can fuel creativity. Today, I want to talk about creativity and taking responsibility […]

What is Emotional Resilience?

Life is hard. We all face various challenges throughout our lives. We go through times of mild hardship, severe distress, and everything in between. Whether or not we face these hard times is not in doubt—we will face them. What is less predetermined, however, is how we respond to the challenges presented to us. One […]

How to Be Original in Your Creative Work

There is no one like you. In fact, there is no one like… well, anyone. No two people are the same. We all have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. But if that’s the case, why does it sometimes feel so hard to be original in your creative work? When I’m talking to someone about a […]

Getting to Know Yourself to Find Your Creative Voice

How well do you know yourself? We put a good amount of time and energy into getting to know others: their kids’ names, where they’re from, what their interests are, etc. But do we put the same amount of energy into getting to know ourselves? We should, because getting to know yourself can help you […]

Building Faith in Yourself to Improve Your Creativity

“You can do anything! Believe in yourself. Have faith in yourself.” As well-intentioned as these phrases are, they’ve basically become platitudes at this point, their meaning diminished due to overuse. It’s a shame, though, because the message at the core of such phrases is actually vitally important. Creatives, especially, can benefit from taking this message […]

Why Creatives Need an Accountability Partner

Change is hard. Even if you’re trying to make changes for the better, it’s tough to stay on track toward your goals and create positive outcomes. This is true for creatives, too. Trying to build or expand your creative skills is tricky and vulnerable, and it’s all too easy to slip up and fall (or […]