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When You Are Ashamed of Your Creativity

When You are Ashamed of Your Creativity: How to Overcome Your Shame + Start Expressing Your Creativity Today!

First, don’t be ashamed of your creativity. Got it? Good. Done and done.

Oh, it’s not that easy?

If your creativity is best expressed in a format that is not traditionally considered art, that it completely fine. As long as it makes you happy and fulfilled – that is all that matters. It does not matter if your creativity shines brightest when you glue popsicle sticks together and mod podge pictures of your cat on it – if it makes you happy and fulfilled, then once again, that is all that matters.

However, as much as I preach creativity for all, I will admit that very often I still feel like a fake when I compare myself to someone who is an amazing designer or artist. I look at their work and I feel like an imposter when I call myself a creative person.

Something I remind myself over and over again is:

Your creativity does not have to look like anybody else’s, it has to look like you. Some people wear their creativity on the outside whereas someone would really have to get to know me to see and understand my creativity. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make me any less creative. Truly, the only person who has a problem with it is myself.

Beyond just getting over the hump and embracing my creativity and acknowledging that I am creative, it is important to get past feelings of creative shame because you don’t want to let those feelings prevent you from starting a new creative venture.

So what do you do if you are ashamed of your creativity?

  1. Acknowledge and admit that you are creative. Check out this post for more details on how we are all creative.
  2. Don’t try to be anyone else’s type of creative. Just be your own. When I look at someone else’s creative work and am feeling a little envious, I need to stop and remind myself that this person has been practicing his or her craft daily or almost daily for years and years. I can’t my compare where I am at when I start to where someone is months or even years down the road. If I did that, I would never try something new. Don’t let comparison and the negatives feelings that result from that prevent you from starting something new or putting yourself out there.

What is one thing you can do to express your creativity today?


Interested in a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer?  Check next week’s post for details on BYOC – Bring Your Own Creativity. I hope you’ll join us!

Join us for an easy, fun challenge this summer. BYOC - Bring Your Own Creativity.

Stop Everything & Embrace the Fear

Drop Everything and Embrace the Fear: Do Something That Makes You Uncomfortable. Click to read why challenging to yourself to overcome your fear is a good thing!

Lately, I have seen a lot of articles written on facing your fears. I have found many of them to be extremely helpful and on track (I may not have launched Greens & Blues Co. if I had not read some of them), however, today I am going to take a slightly different viewpoint on it. Beyond just facing your fears by putting yourself out there and going for it; I challenge you to make yourself uncomfortable. Like, really really uncomfortable. Like when you are stuck between two people having the most awkward conversation ever and you have no way out – that kind of uncomfortable.

Why make yourself uncomfortable? You will face a fear. You will force yourself to try something you had previously told yourself you could not or would not do. You most likely will learn something new about yourself, whether it is the fact that you can face your fear and still survive, or even just a new skill that you learn.

One of the best ways to get out of a rut is to try something new. By trying something new, you usually have to make yourself uncomfortable. It’s not fun to suck at something. Especially as an adult. We are used to being good at whatever it is that we do regularly, so it is definitely out of our comfort zone.

What makes you uncomfortable? This is different for everyone:

  • Picking up the phone and calling someone.
  • Signing up for a class so you can learn something new.
  • Trying to make a new friend.
  • Sharing your work with others

I have always been the worst at drawing. I probably draw at the ability level of a 2nd grader. But, this is not surprising, because that is most likely when I stopped practicing drawing. However, I have always had an interest in drawing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. But, I am not good at any of them, and until recently had really not done anything about it.

Recently I started to learn and practice sketchnoting (a more visual way of taking notes that is a hybrid of writing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. You can learn more about it here.), which admittedly, is not actually drawing, but close enough that it still makes me start to sweat when I even think about sharing it with anyone. I’m still a beginner and definitely not good at it, but here is my sketchnote from a section of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert on how ideas work (on a sidenote, it’s an awesome book and you should definitely read it).

Stop Everything and Embrace the Fear: My sketchnotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

Make yourself uncomfortable today. Try something new, do something you have putting off, or even learn something new. Go embrace the uncomfortable!