Today, I welcome Brittany Gregory as a guest to the blog.
Imagine living a life on your own terms, without the fear of anything holding you back from living a life you love. A life filled with joy, a life that is pure magic. What is creative living? Creative living is survival. Elizabeth Gilbert defines creative living in her book Big Magic as, “any life that is lived more by curiosity than by fear.” If you are not curious, you cannot grow; if you are not afraid, you cannot learn to safeguard yourself. We can all live a creative life; a creative life does not have to mean living in a treehouse or earning a living through art. Creative living is understanding how to survive without sacrificing happiness. With this in mind, I have come up with 5 steps to living a creative life.
Step 1: Never stop learning
Education is our greatest resource. It not only serves to keep us from making mistakes, but it also helps us to grow our imagination. Imagination is what allows us to think outside the box, to find ways of solving problems, even after we have reached the point where we may feel we have tried everything. There is always another way. However, you learn best whether it’s by watching someone else, doing it yourself, reading a book, or listening to someone tell you how it is done. The beauty of the internet is you can teach yourself how to do anything. Take a class, read a book, watch a video on youtube, listen to a podcast. However, you learn, pick the method that works for you, and aim to learn something new every day.
Step 2: Do what scares you
If you are not slightly uncomfortable, you are not living. We all have things that scare us. It is important to recognize fear as a natural instinct instilled in us as a means for survival. While we should recognize fear and allow fear to express itself, we should never allow fear to drive us or our life choices. When you live a life in fear, you never truly get to experience a joy-filled life. A life where fear is acknowledged, but given no say is a life filled with creative adventure.
As I write this article, fear is telling ME no one is going to read this, no one really cares what you have to say. Here’s what I have to say to fear: “So what, even if no one reads this, even if no one cares, I care. I am writing this post for myself, and if someone else should read it and get something from it, that is just a bonus.”
Step 3: Take Action
Creative living is about being pro-active in your life. My 2019 word is to be pro-active in all areas of life. My flight or fight reaction is to freeze. When I am afraid I don’t want to move, I do not want to take action, for fear that I will do something wrong, make the wrong choice. However, when we go through life, refusing to choose, and allowing life to choose for us, we never get anywhere. You cannot survive, you cannot live, you cannot experience true joy if you do not take action. Where in your life are you lacking action?
Look at your life right now at this moment; is there an area you have been neglecting, an area you have not been proactively participating in? Now consider what is one thing you can do today to actively improve that area of your life. Do you have it? Good, now go and make it happen.
Step 4: Remove Obstacles
I am a long-time admirer of the culture surrounding Buddhism and Hinduism. Hinduism has a God known as Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, most often depicted as an elephant. You have probably seen or heard of this particular figure. Ganesha is a patron of both the arts and sciences. When you make the decision to embark on the journey that is creative living, you are bound to come across many obstacles on your path both in the form of fear and murphy.
Murphy’s law- when something is bound to go wrong, it will. We have already discussed how creative living works in the name of fear. However, what about how creative living works when it comes to Murphy’s law? Murphy will always be there. Obviously, we should take certain precautions to ensure when Murphy does come poking around in our lives we are prepared to handle it. For some this involves having a nice savings account, for others, it is knowing how to get really creative with their budget. Neither is wrong when it comes to creative living. It is all about what brings you joy, what will maintain your overall happiness. I return to my first step, education. By educating yourself, you open up opportunities for new streams of income, saving money in unique ways, getting by on less until Murphy has been dealt with.
Step 5: Positive Mindset and Manifestation
“You need to learn to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That is the only thing you should be trying to control.”– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat. Pray. Love. I’ve quoted Elizabeth a couple of times now, she really has some inspiring words to share when it comes to life, love, and creative living.
When it comes to creative living, it’s essentially all about your mindset, any life can be lived creatively. We are all simply trying to survive. If you truly want a life centered in creative living keep a positive mindset, be imaginative, do your research, remove your obstacles, take action, and watch as everything you have ever wanted in life gets manifested before you.
What is your impression of creative living? What steps will you take to survive a life filled with joy?
Thank you, Brittany, for this insightful post. You can find out more about Brittany in her bio at the end of the post.
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Bio: Brittany Gregory is the CEO of Leeann Minton Virtual Assistance, she is the mother of two little boys who are currently home with her full time. A love for research and writing, Brittany decided not long after becoming pregnant with her first, that she wanted her children to know that they could always follow their dreams and do what they love. Brittany develops written content for websites, blogs, and social media pages and works mostly with realtors and online coaches. Though she is always happy to take on new clients from niches outside of these sectors. Brittany is a qualitative research genius and has hopes of one day growing Leeann Minton Virtual Assistance into a research firm catering to small businesses and grad students. To learn more about Brittany and the services provided by Leeann Minton Virtual Assistance please head over to www.facebook.com/leeannminton.net or visit her on LinkedIn.