Be Your Creative Self

Being your creative self is not as easy. What does it actually mean? How do I do that?

Some people feel like there is something wrong with them, maybe you felt this way? I certainly have. Sometimes we feel stuck and insecure, comparing ourselves with others who have everything. You might have been teased for being strange in your childhood. Perhaps you felt you do not fit in?

My journey of realisation

I realised over the years that I don’t fit in a regular 9- 5 pm corporate job and was always wondering what was wrong with me. How come others love it and are progressing better and faster than I ever did. I didn’t even want a promotion. How weird is that?

It took me a few years to discover that I am different and nothing was wrong with me. In my past, I always chose a job where I got bored easily even though I was busy and overloaded with work. Years later I had to learn the hard way. I suffered from adrenal exhaustion, was always tired and had simply no energy to do anything I loved doing. If you want to read more about my story, check it out here.

Luckily, I turned my life around and started to express my creative side in me. I started taking photos and still love doing it. However, at the beginning of my journey, I took photos but thought I was not good enough. What was the point to publish my photos, was one of my big questions to myself. All those limiting beliefs held me back from expressing myself because I felt I was not perfect yet and need to improve my skills first. I was always worried what others people think of my photography. It was simply a huge lack of confidence.

Gladly I ended up with very supportive people around me, who encouraged me to keep going and that I was very talented. Getting feedback from your friends and family is not enough though. Of course, they are nice to you, but if we don’t risk to publish our art, we will never know if people like it or not. Bear in mind, there will always be someone who is negative, but most of the people will give you generous and constructive feedback. The point is to do it anyway, no matter what others think. If you express your true creative self, the right people will resonate with your art.

So, what does being your Creative Self mean?

It means to have the courage to:

  • show your originality
  • look within and
  • bring your shadows into the light

Having the courage to show your originality

Be the authentic version of yourself. Originality means nonconformity. Being original is essential for creativity. Put your creative ideas into motion and create the book, painting, jewellery, dance choreography or whatever you want to create. Stop dreaming about your idea but take actions. Small baby steps are the way to go; you set the intention to follow your dream. Now you just need to keep going.

A study found that neuroticism (chronic excessive worries and anxieties) is linked to the emotional sensitivity required for a successful creative career. Your sensitivity is your gift that leads to inspiration and the desire to inspire others through creativity.

Perhaps, people teased you about being too sensitive in your past. Now you know why it is so important to be that way. People who judge you on that are just trying to convince you to conform or were not as sensitive or creative as you, or these were individuals who were jealous because they suppressed their creativity and sensitivity.

Remember, other people’s opinion is just that, an opinion. They give you their opinion based on their past experiences, values and their beliefs. Your real identity has nothing to do with their words. You will know, that you have taken the right path of nonconformity.

Being creative is not a hobby for us, it is a way of life. It means expressing your vision in all that you do. Live your life as a creative.

Creativity is defined as making something that is new; the opposite is conformity, so creativity has the courage to not conform but to embrace your imagination. Imagination is the pipeline to possibilities. Be open to receive new opportunities, notice your ideas without worrying about if it is feasible. Don’t just think outside the box but think like there is no box.

Next week’s forecast of how to be your creative self

I am going to reveal more about the courage to look within and to bring your shadow into the light next time. Stay tuned.

If this resonates with you, join my facebook group “Helping creatives shine” to being able to participate in upcoming challenges.

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Once you shine the light wihin yourself, you find there is a light within shining back at you – Doreen Virtue.

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Enjoy and have a wonderful week.

My new creativity blog is born – Health and Life coach for creatives

Who I am and why I am here was one big question I was dealing with for the last year and the reason I stopped blogging. I was going through my own personal journey to discover myself and my true soul’s purpose. Now, I have some big news: I recently became a certified Health and Life Coach and specialise in creative people like you and me. Going forward I am going to share tips and stories which helped me to find my purpose in life and living a life which is in line with my creative personality. My new creativity blog is born, and I am looking forward to having you creative folks on board.

Why a Health and Life Coach Why Now?

I can say I am feeling content and fulfilled with my life right now. I found my purpose, but that has not always been like this. It took me years to find out who I truly am.

How it all began

I was born and raised in Germany and moved to Australia in 2007. That’s where my journey began to discover myself. I was working as an auditor in big corporations. I always thought that was my career and I made my parents happy. However, it never made me happy. Something was missing, but I couldn’t tell what it was. I blamed the long working hours and the company.

In 2010 I changed to a bigger corporation, and my life went downwards. My health suffered. I was stressed like never before, always tired even though I slept for 7-8 hours each night. Going to dancing schools or gym was not an option any longer because I had no energy to move. I worked to at least midnight every night even on weekends. My life was feeling like hell to me. I gained weight and felt horrible; I couldn’t look into the mirror any longer. The person I saw in the mirror was not me. What happened?

My turning point

Luckily, my employer sent me to a leadership seminar, which was about life and our values. I realised that the life I lived was not the life I imagined to have and was not even in line with my values. It was time to stop living a life to please others but to step into my own personal power and change my life.

First, I had to get into a healthy state. From that day on, I signed up for dancing classes, left work early and went to the gym. It felt good. My food choices were healthy, but now I paid more attention to the amount of sugar I ate. We sometimes don’t realise how much sugar is hidden in everything we eat. My energy level doubled, and I never felt that healthy and sexy. My stress level reduced significantly, and I was more productive at work. In fact, I could prove with numbers that I managed to complete more work in fewer hours.

Now, this sounds like I made it? No, not yet. This was just the beginning. I gained clarity on what I liked doing. I bought a DSLR and signed up for a photography course, taught myself a lot about photography and travelled around the world whenever I could get enough leave.

Something had changed in me during that time. My values became clearer to me. I faced the real world I was still living in. Even though I was on top of my work, people were not happy with me leaving work early. I felt this internal block to keep travelling along this path, and I was wondering what was wrong with me. Well, nothing was wrong with me, I just didn’t live my truth. I was trying to fit in to please others but not myself.

Over the years I nourished myself and read a lot of self-help and spiritual books, did meditations on a regular basis. That helped me to learn more about myself and who I truly am.

It didn’t take me long to discover that I just worked differently as a creative person. You can’t put a creative person in a 9-5 job without giving them time to pursue their passion. Creative people will die from the inside. I met so many creative people in my life, and they all face the same challenges, most people don’t even realise that they are creative. It became evident to me that my mission is to help creative people to gain back their health and see clearly what they are made of. I love to help them to unlock their own personal power, to change their disempowering into empowering beliefs and be the creative person they are born to be.

My life now

I am now a certified Health and Life Coach. This is my calling, and I put all of my passion into my work as a coach.

Don’t wait 10 or more years to discover what you want. Life happens, and sometimes we become so stuck in our daily habits we feel it’s all too hard to change. However, you can change with the help of a health and life coach who will guide you along the way and provide you with the right system, support and accountability to make the change your body and soul are longing for!

My free breakthrough sessions

Book your complimentary 45 min “Reduce your stress, double your energy and reignite your true creative passion –  breakthrough session”:

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Here’s what you will discover in your session

  • uncover what’s been stopping you, slowing you down or keeping you from reducing your stress and gaining clarity about your creative expression
  • develop a powerful vision for what doubling your energy and expressing your true self with your creativity will mean for you and your life
  • discover which food and lifestyle habits are increasing your stress, sapping your energy and make your brain feel foggy…and what to do about it
  • get crystal clear on a step – by step plan to reduce your stress and gain clarity about your true self and how to express it in a creative way in 90 days or less.

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