Clean Slate Creativity is a 4 week, step-by-step guide to help you wipe your creative slate clean and start fresh. Up first in Week 1 is wiping that slate clean. Let’s get to it!
Here’s the story.
I often advocate that you can figure out how you are creative now (and how you want to be creative now) by taking a look at your creative past. However, for some people that doesn’t work out because they get too hung up on their creative shortcomings in the past.
If you are a part of our Facebook group (you can click here to join) you may have noticed a few months back, I changed the name of our group. It is now – Clean Slate Creativity! The name change came from the idea: what if you could start over with your creative life? Go back to whenever it was when you were younger when you went down one path creatively. At that time most of us were not aware that we were making decisions that could affect the rest of our lives!
Now, as adults, we deserve to start fresh with our creativity and not get hung up on anything from the past (I’m not creative, I can’t draw, I never took any art classes, yada yada yada).
Today we are wiping the slate clean and starting fresh!
If I asked you to reflect on your creative past – when you were still a kid, most people would have the similar reflections:
I was creative and I practiced it in a variety of way – drawing, coloring, imaginary play, singing, etc.
If I asked you to reflect on your creative past from somewhere around the ages of 10 – 16 – this would be the point where everyone’s stories would diverge down different paths. Yet, many of your stories (and mine) could fall into 1 of 3 categories.
- You were creative and you practiced your creativity in a variety of ways until someone made you and your creativity feel less than. Since then you have been hesitant to practice your creativity + even more shy about sharing it.
- You were creative and everyone knew it. Your creativity was on display 24/7 in your activities, the way you acted, and what you wore.
- You were creative when you were younger but now you just simply choose to spend time on other interests – friends, sports, school, etc.
Back to the present – think about where you are today with your creativity.
- Do you know you are creative and practice your creativity regularly?
- Do you know you could be creative, but aren’t sure where/how to start?
- Do you have so many creative activities that you don’t know where or how to focus your attention?
- Do you think you aren’t creative?
It doesn’t matter which option you chose. It’s time to wipe the slate clean. We are going to get rid of your creative past + start fresh. Let go all your past creative experiences – GOOD + BAD! We are starting anew.
When we pick up again next week, each of you will start with a clean slate when it comes to your creativity. See you then!