hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to start with you a brand new series on my blog - titles curious creatives!
this is a gorgeous interview series where i feature a different creative each and every month. think of it as a little sneak peek into the hearts and minds of curious creatives everywhere!
next up for this monthly interview series is the lovely litsa!
Tell us a little something about your creativity. What do you enjoy creating the most?
It is only recently that I fully embraced myself as a creative person. The way I define and express myself creatively is through writing and words. So I have started a blog and most recently I have created a face book page to write mini blogs with inspirational quotes. I try to use beautiful images and photographs for these mini blogs and a lot of the photographs are taken by family members or friends. The idea of the face book page is that we are all living a life and that life is inspirational and that includes the people in my life. I work as a counsellor and CBT therapist and I have taught counselling in the past so I feel that my knowledge and skills in this area can be incorporated into a creative medium.
As I look back on my work life I realise that it has been fuelled by my creativity. So I developed personal growth courses in which I used pens, paper and colours to help people express feelings and develop confidence. It isn’t art therapy, it is using creativity as a form of expression. I use metaphor and images creatively in therapy sessions to help people identify blocks to growth and help us both access deep rooted emotions in a safe way. I have created many items over the years such as a pack of cards with inspirational quotes – all handmade and designed I even sewed the little pouches for them. I realise that everything I create tends to be focused around growth, development, inspiration and helping others. I have a small focus group of women who are trying out new courses for me that I hope to develop as on line courses in the near future.
What made you decide to start creating?
My creativity has always been around and anything I created was mostly hobby, for close friends or part of my job. My biggest dream as a child was to be a writer and recently I unearthed 30 years worth of journals and pieces of writing. It made me stop in my tracks, I hadn’t realised that I had left this dream by the way side for so long. I decided now was the right time for me to pick it up again.
I began 2014 with a couple of goals, the first was to start a blog and the second was to develop my creative self on a more public forum. I signed up for a course by Jani Franck called ‘follow the butterflies’ which helped cement for me the acceptance of my creative self and helped me transform my knowledge and experience action. I guess I now have the confidence to identify that creativity is an attitude that I bring to all I try to do.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your creative endeavours?
My inspiration comes from living in my life, the books I read, the people I interact with any thing colour, quote or image that captures my imagination inspires me to start musing and thinking about how I can learn and grow from it. I love to be in nature and get a lot of inspiration from gazing at the beauty that is ours to absorb. Water seems to be the element that I most love to be around and find my writing flows best in those settings (pun intended) The biggest inspiration is my daughter. Seeing the world through her child’s eyes inspires and frees me up to use my imagination. It’s funny how rusty it became once a upon a time through lack of use.
What do you if you feel creatively blocked? How do you get past that?
If I get creatively blocked I tend to go to the places that I feel inspire me, I will go for a walk and try to not think too much about the fact that I feel creatively blocked. I talk to friends or read books that I find interesting. All these things help me get past any blocks. If I am really blocked I try not to panic because that is when I start doubting myself and then that forms a vicious cycle.
Do you have any advice on silencing your inner critic?
I think I have come to understand the times I have been creatively blocked have been due to negative thoughts or gremlins as I sometimes like to call them. These thoughts tend to compare me to other writers or people undertaking similar projects and then I find I despair and stop being creative. I have done a lot of work to counter balance this. It’s not perfect and I will always have to combat against these negative thoughts but I do have some strategies.
- I tell myself that my voice is unique to me, I am writing about the things that inspire me and even if one person gets something from it then that’s the important thing.
- Failure isn’t fatal, I now keep going even though some ideas or creative projects haven’t worked. The way they have worked is that I have learnt from them and what to do differently and grown as a person.
- If I feel blocked I scale back on the pace at which I create, basically I say to myself “go fast or go slow just keep going,” if I feel inspired I will spend hours creating something if, I feel blocked I will spend small segments of time instead. Either way I am creating
- I make a concerted effort not to be judgemental about my work or my abilities, I will always be learning and I just have to be as good as I am now.
What would be your top tips for living a more creatively fulfilled life?
Make creativity the default attitude in your life, own yourself as a creative being whatever it is you do and enjoy making. Try going out side of your comfort zone by trying new ideas and looking at your own world in different ways. Definitely try courses and be around people who are also creative. Once you tap into your own inspiration and confidence the world is your oyster.
Pick one of your creative projects to feature here – it could be your favourite, your newest or a popular piece. What do you think is so special about that item? Tell us more!
I have two creative projects I would like to feature, they compliment each other. My main blog is called musings and inspiration and it is the forum I use to post longer pieces of writing on topics that inspire me and help me grow and develop. I feel this is a special place for me to develop my ideas further and to write about the themes that I struggle with but that I also help other people who are struggling with the same issues. So I will write pieces that celebrate life with an understanding that life isn’t always straightforward.
My face book page I am particularly pleased with. It was born from a throw away comment by my cousin. I added some words to a photo she had sent me and I sent it back to her, she said “it reminds me of those cards you used to make, I still use them they really pick me up.” I decided that I would create a version of them and post on a page. It is a project that is evolving and it is a work in progress and I am writing mini micro blogs to go with the quote on picture. The beauty of this project is that I involve people in my life to try out the ideas, so work colleagues will be enlisted to take note of how they incorporate fun into their lives. My family and friends will inspire me especially my daughter and the funny things she says or does.
thanks so much litsa for sharing with us your art and your heart with us today - what a great interview!
if you'd like to be involved in this monthly series on my blog just let me know! you can message me in the comments or use my fancy new contact page up at the top of this page :)
have a fantastic day!
ps. don't forget to stay tuned for more creative goodness in my newest ecourse "creativity can heal your soul". this will be available in my store by the end of this week at a super discount price too :)