Here we are on the sixth chapter of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, how to overcome those naysayers who create confusion, self-doubt, negativity.
Guess what - mostly that is ourselves!
The one section at the end that speaks of Cultural Self-Defense was so relevant to me. I just don't get told very often that I am being brave, original, or successful because I go to a studio and try to make self-expressive art every day.
Truthfully, I need to get another part time job to generate some income, but that is okay, too - it's all part of the package to support the creativity.
I know many creative workers need to make their money another way - that is not selling out, it is simply building the structure that allows the creative voice to survive.
I have always connected deeply to artists and storytellers who just had their voice no matter what the world said to them, and often, after they are long gone, the world hears what they were saying and accepts it's value; I think of Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Carr, and many many unknown names who just kept at it.
The advice to just be deeply rooted in who you are - this is key for me. I actually avoid lots of connection and interaction with the world - it doesn't help me at all to know myself or to do my creative work.
The journaling is all about that, and it helps me the most. . . .
and of course, this on line book group!
"To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater. It lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment." --Anna Pavlova