How to Unlock CreativityAuthenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. ~Brené Brown
I have always wanted to be an artist.
I deeply admired the lives of the painters, the writers, the firestarters, the life wranglers. I longed to be one of them.
I longed to fiercely create, to share my voice boldly, just like they did.
However, for most of my life, I never felt creative.
I remained behind the scenes, insecure in my voice and expression, disempowered. I looked longingly at the ones who shared themselves freely — the ones that created art, who were improvisational, messily graceful and who loved wildly.
Over the years, I dabbled in painting, fashion design, culinary arts, sculpture, collage and writing.
Yet, I never felt like I had what others had. I never felt like I was living a creative life; I often felt like an imposter.
I studied; I took classes, watched webinars and read books. But no matter what I did, the light and energy that comes from being in the creative zone never seemed to come through as I saw it come out of others.
Being creative felt like work.
Identifying as a Creator
However, for me, the one thing that didn’t feel like work was journaling.
It was the outlet I turned to in both my most joyful and darkest hours. One night when I had my journal out, I was reflecting on the longing for an artistic form that was my own — I realized I had one.
I was creating with words, even though I struggled to see it.
Yet I fought owning writing as my creative practice because all the other mediums seemed shinier.
There was part of me that knew if I did own being a writer, I would more concretely touch into the creative process.
This was exciting and scary. It felt vulnerable and alive.
Living a Creative Life
I kept writing more consciously. I made it a practice.
Through writing, I began to address what it meant to live a creative life.
It meant to live with an open heart — at our core we are love and abundantly creative.
The creative life is not about the art we physically create but about perspective.
I began to feel deeply that finding my creative voice and power was about shifting my energy and perspective.
The Power Within
It meant going inward and feeling the creative, alive energy that makes art shine, that makes the artist feel empowered and alive.
This was the piece I was originally missing — I had been looking externally to tap into a creative life. When in reality, it was inside me all along.
To live a creative life we have to recognize the power within.
I realize now the more we look inward, the more we see our innate beauty and creativity. When we see ourselves with love, curiosity and wonder, the more we begin to express that love and expression outwards.
We shine brighter.
We express ourselves authentically and vibrantly.
The more we find love in ourselves, the more we can bring art, beauty and inspiration to the world.
How to Express Yourself with Authenticity
- See yourself for what you are. Notice where you are creative in your life. Maybe you notice the amazing images that come spontaneously from your depths while you sleep. Or a doodle that you scribbled on a napkin. Or maybe it is a flowing letter that gives style to a simple to-do list.
- Honor your creative self. When you notice it, spend a little time in this witnessing place. Honor it with your attention, your love and allow it to be nurtured and grow.
- Improvise. Speak your truth, your beauty and light through whatever movement comes to you. Connect to your creative energy and allow that to direct how it should be expressed. Maybe you hum a song, maybe you write in your journal, maybe you create a beautiful meal or poem. Allow it to come to form with ease.
- Find your constant. What is the form that you keep going back to and that feels natural to you? For me it was journaling. Maybe it is something you just know in your gut or something that you imagine doing but haven’t dabbled in it yet. I believe we are all given creative gifts. Love the one that is yours. Allow it to lovingly hold your voice.
The more we go inward and express ourselves from that internal, depthful place, the more we shine with confidence, creativity and light. Honor your innate creativity. It is already in you; the world needs exactly who you are.