Are You Ready to Fulfill Your Creative Calling?

2021 might just be the year your great idea catapults into something more

We can choose to take our chance, to speak up, and to contribute.
Seth Godin, The Practice

If you're asking yourself, what have I always wanted to do, but haven’t, you’re not alone. All of us dream of that one thing we’re called to do… Someday.

But last year taught us we can’t always count on “someday,” and there’s never been a better time to accelerate your drive to fulfill your creative destiny.

Why now? Because the creative mind thrives on unrest.

Creativity often emerges during the darkest times.

Authors like CS Lewis, Hemingway, and J. K. Rowling have said some of their best work was born in the midst of struggles. The chaotic brain becomes more alive in its deep-rooted battle to find a new way, to solve the problem, and to survive.

Once you feel the creative yearning it’s already in motion. It becomes part of your DNA. You can shove it aside, deflate its importance, and put it on the back burner. But even then, it will gnaw at you forever, and maybe even lure you in the midst of the darkest hours of your life.

But, do you know what to do when that happens?

For 15 years, I was content to hide my desire behind my husband’s successful career. He was a writer and producer for television and film. All those years I was an essential part of his script development.

I often questioned… Was I a writer or just a contributor?

In reality, I knew the contributions I made to my husband’s work were critical to his success. Besides editing his scripts, we worked together on storylines. We’d read the scripts out loud and bring the scenes to life. We’d work out plot twists, character studies, and clever dialogue.

I knew I had good ideas but was I good enough without my partner, my love, to write on my own? Of course, I could have asked him to collaborate with me, but I didn’t. I just kept waiting for something that would spark my courage and change my beliefs that my creativity was limited to collaboration with my husband.

I was about to discover creativity has unlimited potential if you accept the call. It’s a living, breathing force inside of you, wanting to find expression.

It IS a collaboration, but one with yourself and the ideas fed to you from the great “flow” of the universe.

Your contribution — the one that you want to make, the one you were born to make — that’s what we’re waiting for, that’s what we need.
Seth Godin

It begins with an agreement to finally sit down and do the work.

Don’t let last year stop you from thinking that you’re stuck because the whole world feels stuck. The creative mind thrives on unrest, even in the darkest of times.

In my darkest hours, my doubts broke free…

Decades ago, my husband worked as a writer and producer on a show for CBS, Beauty and the Beast, starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.

I passionately loved the romantic drama, and we spent most evenings on our patio talking about potential storylines and characters in the series. We speculated what it would be like to have a facial defect so troubling that Vincent, the Beast, could only roam New York City in the wee hours of the night, hiding his face behind a cloak and hood.

I’ve now written a number of books. Two were successful in terms of sales and accolades, but the others had their own importance in my creative growth. I’ve also written hundreds of articles, and not all of them found a big audience. Some sat quietly uncurated, and not many views, but they still made a difference.

Every article taught me something, and every book was a proud accomplishment. Because I put it out there, I’m asking the universe to keep feeding me ideas.

“Let me tell you a secret about creativity: it’s not a well that runs dry, it’s a muscle that strengthens with use.”Brianna Wiest

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