How to lead a full creative life now!

Amidst a really stressful day at work, I walked outside and looked around me at all the suits and wondered how many of these people are actually suited to working 9 to 5 cooped up in an office, highly pressured, stressed and time-deprived? In fact, I thought, are any of us?

Opening to the flow of creativity

With my own heart racing and brain overloaded, I met my friend for a brief lunch. She left her corporate job 2 months ago and before looking for new work, she’s been on a road trip around California and embarked on multitude of creative projects from making a bespoke desk to creating a cape for winter.

As we spoke I could feel myself being enlivened and nourished not only by her relaxed, carefree state of mind, but by the vibrant flow of creativity she was in. Compared to all the other office workers around, she felt so much more alive, present and free. It got me wondering…

What is your vision of a full life?

Yes, there’s rent and bills to pay, and yes you might be saving for a mortgage, holiday etc. But when you’re not living a life now that is full, alive and creative, what is the point? Inspired by another friend who’s taking time off to travel at the moment, I wrote down my vision the other day of the kind of life I want to lead. One full of adventures, spontaneity, abundance and unpredictability.

I highly recommend you do the same, be as detailed as you like but most importantly don’t allow the ‘sensible you’ to censor – anything goes, no matter how crazy! It’s so important to hold such visions as actually possibilities for your life. It may take a while to get there but if you keep the vision alive, you’ll naturally start walking in this direction and life will start converging around it.

What to do now? Play dates!

There are also practical things you can do in your everyday life now to get the juices flowing. Put aside time for creative projects and play time. ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron helpfully suggests ‘artist dates’ – time just with yourself to nurture your creative consciousness.

But you can also ‘play’ with others. In fact that’s what I’m doing tonight with my husband – we have a play date and I’m so excited! We’re ordering pizza, cranking our favourite tunes and we’re going to draw just like we used when we were kids. Right brain activity is so essential, especially during busy or stressful times. Value your creative projects and play time, and most of all, let yourself have fun!

Becoming conscious of limiting belief systems

As always there is often a ‘root’ level to address. Many of us feel we have to subscribe to the cultural belief that we have to do serious (ie. boring) and life-sucking work to be ‘responsible’, ‘make money’, ‘be secure’ etc. What if that wasn’t the case? What if you opened to the possibility that you could actually enjoy what you do, be invigorated (rather than drained) by it and still be financially secure? Is it time to move out of this passive standpoint?

In addition to these societal beliefs, you need to address your own beliefs formed in childhood around money, but also around creativity. Was your creativity, however it expressed itself, valued and encouraged?

This work has several strands – healing and reclaiming the young part of yourself, sourcing where your self-limiting beliefs come from (your parents? a particular incident?), and letting yourself feel what you want, embodying the aliveness of your wantings. This is where ISIS comes in.

Working with clients over the past 12 years, I find they need a combination of self-reflection and deep work on themselves through ISIS, plus action in the world, practical manifestations. It’s a beautiful dance and it works!

Does this resonate with you?

Then it would be great to hear from you in the comments below. What are your aspirations for a life of fullness? And how do you honour your creativity?

If you want to find more about how ISIS can help, get in touch with me today. I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

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2 replies
  1. Lina
    Lina says:

    Hello Emma! Thank you for this, indeed the idea of “play” is a creative process in itself and as you have mentioned requires time to be in solitude, reflect and experiment. Happy to hear of kindred spirits around. Much love and joy to your creative endeavours :D

    • Emma Swan
      Emma Swan says:

      Hi Lina, thanks for your lovely words, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love your design work by the way! Wishing you all the best too on your creative journey.


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