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Are You Creative?

by bevbarnes on August 13, 2013

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Welcome to my new newsletter! It goes along with my new website. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s so beautiful that it fills my heart. I’ve totally forgotten that the purpose of a website is to let your people know how you can help them.

The purpose of my new website is much more selfish and non-marketing inspired than that.

Its purpose is to make me happy.

When I look at it, I feel happy and grateful. Happy, that I get to look at Julene Ewert’s beeootiful art (she did every beautiful drawing) and grateful that something so beautiful is my curriculum vitae.

How awesome is that?

All this got me thinking about creating.

Do you believe you are creative?

I always thought I wasn’t. My husband just hits his forehead when I say this. He starts talking about how while living in a small French speaking town (population 12,000) I’ve created international work, that I keep re-inventing and that practically every single day I dream up something new.

That’s given me pause.

I believed I wasn’t creative because I wasn’t a great artist.

It’s surprising how deeply engrained that false belief was.

It became a generalized belief.

A part of my identity.

My personal religion.

I wasn’t as creative as really creative people. (Who I totally admire and I wish I could be like.)

I had a whole image of what creative was: bohemian, wearing flowing skirts and turquoise gauzy tops, dreadlocks, vegan, kayak loving, great bakers who never overeat their tasty treats.

Not me.

Big sigh.

But then I came out as a Life Coach.

And somehow that released my inner creator. My inner creator was a little different than my previous image of an artist but creative none the less.

Starting a coaching business on-line, I needed to write, set up a website, pick visual images and colour. My long-languishing, under-utilized, inner artist was so, so happy.

The act of creating helped me to believe that I could create. I didn’t have to believe I could create, I just had to start.

I now know that creating is making things up.

Something that is easy and natural for me.

It has nothing to do with whether I can draw. When I coach, I make things up all the time.

I’ve finally let my inner creator out to play.

And that feels amazing.

That’s the beauty of starting a coaching business or practice. You can make it into a total reflection of YOU – what you love, what you love to do, how you love to do it.

There. Are. No. Rules.

Here’s my new definition of creative: Making stuff up.

You were born to create.

It’s your birthright – whether you are an artist or not.

Go create something now!

 

I LOVE hearing from you.  How are you letting your inner creator out to play?  What stuff have you made up lately?  Let me know below on the blog.

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julene August 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Oh Bev! I am so honored to work with you and share my artwork and passion with the world. You hit the nail on the head. EVERYONE is creative! Not always with a paint brush, but with words, making simply foods into a masterpieces, teaching children they can do anything… the list goes on and on.

How am I letting my inner creator out to play…. spending the summer with my eight year old… an amazing way to remember that little girl that loved to play and create.

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bevbarnes August 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’m am equally honored Julene. Hanging out with children is a fantastic way to remind yourself of your inner creator. Thanks for sharing that. (I have had sooooo many positive comments about your art. You totally rock Julene!) xxoo

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Gail Kenny August 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Bev, I’m following in your footsteps. I enjoyed seeing your new web site and niche clarity and appreciate you sharing who helped you create this. I’m also perceiving creativity in new and enlightening ways and connecting with with feminine energy and the pelvic bowl. Your courage to get even more clear about your sweet spot in coaching is giving me inspiration to follow through with my own intuitive nudges to get even more clear and bold about my sweet spot. Hugs.

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bevbarnes August 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Gail, that is sooooo great to hear. Thank you for the feedback and I’m so glad the my clarity inspires yours. xoxoxo

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Lynne August 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

WOW! What a beautiful post Bev!
I feel the colorful, creative energy emanating from it…

Congratulations on discovering your creative talents & on your beautiful new website! Your post reflects the fact that creativity is in everything, even where we didn’t believe it could be. I love this!

I truly believe in creativity! It is such a gateway to infinite possibilities…

To Your Creativity & Heart!
Lynne 😉

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Dena Pace August 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Bev, I know you from Martha’s class and happened upon your website this morning. All I know is it leaves me with tears in my eyes…..Thank you. I want so much to let this creative child in me free to live and play and explore this beautiful, beautiful world! I’m trying to find my way in this grownup world without losing touch of this inner creative innocence……and it’s so inspiring to see someone who has!

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bevbarnes August 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

It’s so great to hear from you Dena. Thanks for your feedback. I really value that. You’ll find your way. Believe it:)

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