Here is part three of my thought, reflections, experiences and favourite highlights from Elizabeth Gilbert's Book 'Big Magic'.
I give you my permission to be creative, to explore possibilities and whims that come to you wherever you are. I give you permission to wonder and follow your curiosity, but really my permission to you means nothing. You don't need my permission, you need your own.
Giving myself permission to feel worthy enough to create is one of my biggest struggles. Many times I am overwhelmed with not feeling that I am good enough to be an artist, or that there are others better than me so I should just back off and let them take care of it. But really that does nothing for me, and I remind myself it is how creating makes me feel, even if I am struggling with a piece, it is the challenge and the process that I enjoy. I love that in the book there is a quote that says "If it weren't difficult everyone would be doing it". I just need to push through those days and continue to show up for my creative self. To not take myself so seriously and give myself permission to create whatever happens, I also love the quote in the book that says "I don't know yet exactly what I am but I am curious enough to go find out.". Right now I am exploring the archetype of being an artist and teacher. Something that challenges me, keeps me excited and helps me to discover learn something new everyday. Whether it is something about myself or a new technique. I make my art for me, but if someone else feels drawn to it, than that is a bonus. My creative work enriches and informs my life, and I hope that everyone has an opportunity to feel that way no matter what they are creating.
What are you needing permission for? What would happen if you just did it? Start now. Make a plan, take one small action.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.