Friday, January 16, 2009

The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

Secret 2: Honoring Your Inspirations

Creative Style Inventory
1. When did your creative awakening or reawakening occur?
I was always creative, I just didn´t recognise and make time for it. This changed shortly after I started blogging. By getting feedback from people I thought were fabulous, I became more adventurous and proud. I started to feel the need to make things with my hands and move away from consumerism.
2. What talents do you have naturally?
I´m a good talker and teacher, I make people feel at ease and I don´t get nervous very easily. I have a good ear for music and I love to sing. I am a natural leader. I am great at making something out of almost nothing. Friends often ask me for for ideas when they are decorating, looking for a gift or creating something and I always have an idea. Ideas just pop into my head. I´m also great at combining colors and patterns.
3. Which elements draw you toward them?
I love water and swim whenever I get the chance, even when it´s really cold. We have a lot of wood in our home as my husband is a carpenter/cabinet maker and I love the cosy atmosphere it creates.
4. Where and when do you create?
I create at my sewing table, my kitchen table or my coffee table. I put 2 hours aside every day to sew or collage or blog or just be open for ideas which I write down in an ideas diary. I check my timetable the night before and write down a 2 hour appointment for the next day in my calendar for creating. I have 3 hungry teenage sons, a large appartment and a small garden so there is always something that has to be done. If I didn´t put time aside for myself it wouldn´t happen.
5. What activates your creative energy and what drains it?
Going for a walk each day, noticing the weather, the change of seasons and the colors outside, breathing, these things make me feel alive and full of energy. Having a routine to keep my surroundings organised and my family fed and clothed gives me energy because I can create without that nagging voice in my head telling me I should be doing something else. I am the assistant director of a girl´s choir. Working and being around them gives me a lot of energy too. Being tired drains my energy so I try to get enough sleep but I don´t always succeed - I´d rather read blogs and books.
6.Do you use creative rituals?
I have my utensils sorted into activities. All the sewing stuff in one place, a box for collaging materials, my knitting things all in one basket. One ritual is to put away these things after I am finished so I don´t waste time looking for things. Before I go to bed at night I make sure my living space is tidy so I can start the next day with a clean slate.
7. Does nature influence your creativity? How?
As mentioned in answer 5. There are so many inspiring sounds, patters and color combinations in nature, everywhere you look.
8. What has been your greatest creative hurdle so far?
Silencing the voices in my head telling me what I create is not good enough and that I should be doing something more worthwhile with my time. My routine, positive feedback and a partner who is supportive and creative himself really helped.
9.What time of day are you most receptive to inspiration?
I find mid-morning the best because I´m home alone and it´s so quiet.

This year I will be working within an independent group of international language trainers, interpreters and translators - on the 27th of January our new language training center will be opening with courses beginning in Febuary. We also plan to include art, craft and sewing courses aswell as personal development workshops sometime in the future. I will be starting a series of courses and seminars at the end of January to become a motivational trainer for adults and children. And to top it off I will be learning to play the piano so I can incorperate music and singing into my courses aswell.This week I will concentrate on my new work situation and how to use routines and rituals to make this dream come true.


curious girl (lisa) said...

your answers are inspiring to me!

mtnchild said...

I love your answers, and #8 is also my nemesis; that my things aren't good enough. I have to stop comparing my creative ability to others.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the development of your training center.

I wish you lots of good things in 2009.


Kavindra said...

I so appreciate you saying that getting positive feedback has encouraged you and made you bolder. (And I know I am one of the people who has given you that feedback on your wonderful collages! I'm so proud!)

I love (and am learning from you here) that you actually schedule daily creative time in a planner. No wonder you're so productive!

Very cool to see you integrating your creative life into your work life too.

Sacred Suzie said...

You are more than good enough, you're amazing! I love that you make things by hand and step away from consumerism. Fantastic. Wonderful collage too!

Her Speak said...

I totally understand the sleep issue: I feel guilty about sleeping! I say to myself, "Look at you wasting away in bed when you could be reading or painting or blogging or..."

But as you know, rest is SO important. Love the collage! Your color pallets are all VERY beautiful!

Much Joy, Merry Making~*

Fatma said...

What an inspirational post.

You sound so like me.

The new job sounds fantastic and just your calling. I am sure you will bring joy to so many.

Singing and music lessons are on my plan too.

I am glad you are part of the group.

Lisa said...

Wow. I love that you know and can express your strengths. I am jealous of the good talker one and the lack of nervousness. That is one of my biggest obstacles.

Your organization is very inspiring and the new project sounds amazing!

gemma said...

Once the collages you make. Still working on getting organized.

traveler one said...

Claudia I LOVE your blog and will be back often to visit you! I have this lovely SoulFriends feeling about you!
Kim (in Albania)
PS I do get to Vienna several times a year!

Jamie Ridler said...

Every time I read about what you're getting up to, I get so, so excited! I'm excited for you and I'm excited for all of those people who you're going to touch with your gifts! YAY!