Missed any of my April “Trust Yourself” posts? Not to worry! Catch up below:
Week 1: Learn How To Listen To Your Inner Voice
Week 2: Why You Should Celebrate Your Journey 5 Years Ago to Now
For whatever reason, I’ve felt anxiety dig in its little claws since early this week. It’s always frustrating to have it pop up seemingly out of nowhere and throw my productivity and self-worth out the window. But here’s the “good” part: What I’ve learned after 10+ years of living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder is that, no matter how it makes me feel in the moment, it is temporary. Its rain cloud will pass and I WILL get back to myself, no matter what it tells me. What can help me is to keep reminders of my goals and favorite things nearby to help push through it. As part of Mayi Carles’ Life Is Messy Bootcamp (an incredible tool for artists with anxiety), I recently wrote down my “10 Commandments of Calming Creative” as a way to remind myself of everything I want to be and everything I want calming creative to embody. (Learn more about Mayi on her blog, Heartmade Blog–she’s wonderful).
Calming Creative Manifesto: The 10 Commandments of Calming Creative
- Be silly. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Let your inner child guide you.
- Love fiercely. Support and encourage everyone around you. There is enough room in this world for everyone to succeed–“success” is not a finite resource.
- Be brave. Anxiety, depression, self-doubt, fear, uncertainty–they will all try to convince you that you shouldn’t and can’t do it. Do it anyway. Do. It. Anyway.
- Believe in yourself. Even on a bad day, don’t give up. The world needs you.
- There’s always time to be kind. You won’t be perfect, but if you intention is to be kind and build people up, you cannot go wrong. We’re all in this together.
- Share. Connection is what a creative life is all about.
- Open your heart. Try new things, even if you are convinced you’ll suck. How else will you learn?
- Eat the ice cream. You know, don’t go crazy–but treats are allowed. If you hear the ice cream truck, GO GET ICE CREAM :-)!
- Glitter is GOOD. Don’t be afraid to get messy. Don’t apologize for your unbridled enthusiasm. Whatever you love (Harry Potter, sparkles, kittens, Doctor Who), don’t be embarrassed to sprinkle it on everything you do.
- Dream BIG. You are capable of more than you can imagine. And once you dream it. then break it down and get to work.
Calming Action Step: Time to create your own creative manifesto. Don’t think too hard–there’s no pressure here. Think of the first 5-10 simple statements that come to mind (and feel free to borrow what I wrote above).What do you want your creative work or life to embody? What brings you peace and joy the more you have of it? What do you un-apologetically love (books, vampire lore, magic, tinkering with your favorite smoothie recipe)? Use those things to make your manifesto YOURS. Write out your commandments using my sweet and silly printable below.
These are the things I most want to remember and hold onto when I forget why I’m forging this “calming creative” path. I’d love to know what you come up with for your own manifesto. Share below in the comments!
Until next week my loves (where we’re going to give ourselves permission to be more than one thing),