How to create in the chaos of life

How to create in the chaos of life

Do you want to write, paint, act, make music, create..? But does life keep getting in the way? It’s hard to say this without sounding harsh, but I’m going to say it how it is, right at the beginning, just in case nobody else ever has. It’s not life that’s getting in the way. It’s you. We get in the way of creating by making excuses, blaming others, feeling sorry for ourselves and creating seemingly unsolvable problems. We live by…

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Lots of creative ideas? What about the follow through??

Lots of creative ideas? What about the follow through??

Creativity is beautiful in its simplicity – ‘bringing something new into being’ is an aspect of our humanness as natural as taking a breath. If we’re a ‘creative person’ then we need to create. Perhaps this is why creativity has been found to promote good mental health: it gives us a sense of flow, purpose, meaning. But sometimes our creativity can drive us crazy too. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but one of them is that the…

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Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

We love certainty. We look for it in everything: our religion, philosophies, morality, politics, how to guides. We want things that will work. We want tried and tested. We want to be sure. This works, that doesn’t. This is worthwhile, brilliant, the perfect solution. While that, on the other hand, is not to be trusted. These things represent who I am; I live accordingly. I’ve surfed many a tide of compelling new truth in the hope of making sense of…

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Making the most of Perfect

Making the most of Perfect

We all know there’s no such thing as perfect. Life is messy and complicated. Striving for perfection is futile – and exhausting! Perfectionists can be hard-working, tenacious, with an eye for detail. But we can also be an unhappy lot. If we’re not careful we tend to be uptight, controlling and anxious. And all of this, ironically, gets in the way of really and truly enjoying those perfect things we strive to create. We ruin things by clinging on too…

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