Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stop Saying You're Not Creative ~guest post by Dina Tibbs

I recently read an article that made me want to stand up and cheer!  It's called {Why You Should Stop Saying You're Not Creative}, written by Dina Tibbs.

Because I sometimes hear "I'm not creative" as a reason for not preserving memories and stories, this is a message that I clearly want my readers to know and understand.  You're losing so much when you let this idea stand in your way.  I asked Dina to write for LifeTalesBooks today and share with us why we need to stop saying, "I'm not creative."

About Dina
Dina is a certified Artist of the Spirit Coach, Warrior Goddess Training Facilitator, and Intentional Creativity Teacher in training.  She provides women with a safe and sacred space to be hear and to express their truths.  She works one-on-one with clients and teaches workshops that are an alchemical blend of modalities in the holistic, spiritual, and creative arts.  Dina teaches women to listen to their own wisdom and intuition, let go of perfection, discover their gifts, and find joy.  She has 15 years experience in corporate strategic planning and 20 years experience in the healing arts.  She can be found at www.dinatibbs.com.    


Stop Saying You're Not Creative
by Dina Tibbs

“I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I cannot tell you how many times I hear those words. I myself said them for years.  This was an external influence that became ingrained as a soul agreement that I believed until 3 years ago, despite the fact that I was always a writer, a dancer, a fiber artist, had creative ideas, and happened to create another life along the journey.

As children, before we even find language, we pick up crayons, paint and pencils, and we make marks on the page. This is our language, our method of expression until we find words. We are born creative beings. And then once we find words, we also unfortunately find the inner critic, or someone outside of us tells us our creativity is no good, or it’s a waste of time. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Creativity may be the nearest one-word definition we possess for the essence of our humanity, for the true meaning of soul.” -Matthew Fox

As humans we are, by our very nature, creative. Our entire lives are nothing but creations. Calling yourself creative is nothing but a shift in perspective and intention.



SO PLEASE, I BEG YOU, STOP SAYING YOU DON'T HAVE A CREATIVE BONE IN YOUR BODY!

It is just simply not the truth. Everything we do is a creation, from creating a heart-centered dynamic business, to creating a nutritious meal for our family, creating a spiritual practice, creating the stories of your life in word, photos, or paint, or creating another human life! And when you look at your life as a creative experiment, your soul sings.

When you look at your life as a creation, and make time to express that creation using any medium you feel called to, you become more present and calm. You begin to get out of your own way, and make decisions from the present rather than the past. Using processes like telling your story through paint, words, or photos helps you to become aware of and acknowledge your stories, and through the process of telling the story you free up your mind and your energy for creating new stories.  You also have a visual representation of the joyful moments in your life, and there is no replacement for that.

So my challenge to you is to consider where you are creative in your life, or how you can approach aspects of your life with more creativity, shift your perspective on what you consider a creative act, and make time daily for creating and expressing what your soul has to say. Trust me, you have the time.  Making time for creative acts magically opens up more time to live your life in the present moment.  Journal your findings and let me know what you found. 

-Dina Tibbs- Founder and Inspiratrix
Amused Woman Studios LLC

To learn more, please visit Dina here.  Or, to dive further into discovering how to be more creative in your life, join Dina for Creativi-tea:  Meet Your Muse, a One Day Intentional Creativity painting process.

4 comments:

April J Harris said...

This is SO true! Everyone is creative in some way or another. So often we don't give ourselves credit for the creativity in our everyday acts. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Have a lovely week ahead, and hope to see you at the party again this week.

Jennifer Wise, Heritage Makers Consultant said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, April. I love your Hearth and Soul Link Party--I'm definitely participating again! :) I really love this whole concept of innate creativity. I think we have this skewed perspective that "creativity" means drawing or cake decorating or some amazing DIY project out of nothing. But, really, we naturally create. We create plans and ideas and homes and cookies and all sorts of things. I hope it's something readers will remember! There's so much power in creating.

Cheryl said...

What if you feel creative, but someone literally talks smack to others about you and says, "She doesn't have a creative bone in her body." I know better, but it still digs and gnaws at my brain.

Jennifer Wise, Heritage Makers Consultant said...

I'm sorry, Cheryl! I would have a hard time with that, too. Sounds like it's time for new friends. :( You ARE creative. We all create. It's part of our natures. And it's a gift!
Especially if you actually feel that you are creative, you definitely are.