Every great story has a conflict at the center of it. My story is about creativity. Creativity seems too light hearted + fun to have any conflict, yet many of us have a problem with creativity.
So, what’s your problem? I don’t mean to be rude, but you wouldn’t be reading this is you didn’t have one. So what is it?
Easy. I have always had creative envy.
I have always been jealous of anyone with artistic talent – designers, artists, photographers, musicians – the list goes on. When I was in grade school, I even remember seeing another girl’s handwriting and wishing mine was as pretty as hers. I loved the way she wrote her lowercase a’s and I started to copy her. So creative envy is not a new problem for me.
Fast forward to me in my late 20’s + early 30’s and not much has changed. A few years back I read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. (Quick synopsis: Pink states that the future belongs to creatives while the past few decades have belonged to lawyers, accountants, etc. It seems as though he was on to something.)
When I finished reading, I was mad (at myself).
I felt like I had totally missed out by not taking advantage of creative opportunities throughout my time in school. I missed out on something awesome – something that, for whatever reason, sounded so right to me. But then I realized, I was in my 20’s (at the time) and still had my whole life to make it whatever I wanted it to be.
So I decided to start practicing my creativity.
Except I didn’t get it right at first. I started reading a lot of blogs, mainly DIY and craft type blogs. Many of them were not only inspiring and helpful, but I also loved reading the posts because the writers were fantastic storytellers. I couldn’t get enough ideas and creative inspiration, but after 6 months or so I made myself stop reading almost all of them.
Why would I stop if I found them inspiring, beautiful, + just plain fun to look at?
Because in addition to finding them inspiring, I was also jealous of them. I would read a post and think I could have done this.
Great – that’s awesome. I could have, but I didn’t. So I would get mad/annoyed. Then I would make all kinds of plans to start a blog. Perhaps even create one or two or three. But, then I didn’t do anything with it/them. I never took it any further.
My problem: I had some serious creative envy (not really a problem), and I didn’t do anything about it (the problem). After much research and reflection, I was able to pinpoint that I was not challenging myself creatively. This is not to say that all creativity and creative activities were gone from my life, but I needed more than what was currently there. For example, as a 7th grade history teacher, my job challenges me creatively each and everyday. However, that creativity does not serve me, it is for and about my students. I wanted to focus more on me.
I took some time to reflect and realized the only way to get over my problem was to do something about it. So I did.
I launched greens + blues co.
Despite never thinking of myself as a creative person + skipping out on creative opportunities throughout my life, I managed to identify my personal brand of creativity and figure out a way to practice it in my daily life. YOU CAN TOO!
I will help you get out from the masses of inspiration + ideas your creativity is buried under and identify how YOU ARE CREATIVE.
Let’s get started, click here to enroll in the my free 5 day email course, Find Your Creativity Adventure. Stop hoarding inspiration and start designing, creating, or making today!
Hey there. I am Katy McCullough. I am a mom + a wife + a teacher + a creative + a book nerd + life-long learner.
Those are the positive things about me, I’ve also been told that I am a smidge stubborn and slightly competitive. 🙂
As a result of my competitiveness/stubbornness (whatever you want to call it), I will not accept that I am not creative. Even though I missed out on a number of creative opportunities during my schooling, I refuse to believe that creativity is just for artists. It’s for me. It’s for you. It’s for all of us.
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