Unlearning Life’s Constraints

It feels as though all my newsletters have been leading up to this one. We began with expanding our understanding of creativity as responding to life’s constraints and continued to explore this concept through cultivating imagination, vision, and hope.In my last newsletter, I asked the question: How do we create more possibilities for ourselves? And mirrored the response: How many more ways canContinue reading “Unlearning Life’s Constraints”

Holding on to Hope

In my last newsletter, I gave creative advice on imagining your vision, but what about holding on to it? The gestation phase of the creative process is often extremely uncomfortable as you move into the uncertain space between the known and the possible. Depending on the scope of your vision, this period can stretch for long spans ofContinue reading “Holding on to Hope”

Creative Guide to Visioning

New Years is often a time for reflecting and visioning, but our resolutions can also feel forced…or doomed. In this spirit, I offer advice from the wisdom of creativity to crafting visions that grow with us.   One of the reasons I write this newsletter is because I believe creativity can be a guide for life. I seeContinue reading “Creative Guide to Visioning”

Can I Take a Break?

It’s been a minute since my last newsletter, six weeks, in fact. Three weeks ago I was sitting in a cafe, attempting to write a draft, but couldn’t get past the first sentence. Because sometimes writer’s block comes in the form of a 100 degree fever. My body was rebelling against my intention to keep this practice.Continue reading “Can I Take a Break?”

Creativity is Not a Universal Language

When we say “You are so creative,” we usually mean “You are so artistic.” We equate artistic skill with creativity, which as all misconceptions, is partially true. An artist is someone who has a dedicated practice of artistic expression. They have learned their art form like a language: color theory as their alphabet, perspective as grammar,Continue reading “Creativity is Not a Universal Language”

My Last Newsletter Was Problematic

I need to tell you: there is a problem with my last newsletter. I told you that a creative life is how you respond to the given constraints, but I didn’t talk about changing the constraints. Because what if life’s constraints are designed to keep you from creatively responding? I remember the moment I realized this: It wasContinue reading “My Last Newsletter Was Problematic”

Are you a Creative Problem-Solver or Finder?

Last time we discussed how creativity can be an act of liberation, but ironically creativity does not thrive in freedom. If I were to tell you to simply create something, anything, you would likely freeze up, unsure where to start with such a broad assignment. But if I were to tell you to write a poem usingContinue reading “Are you a Creative Problem-Solver or Finder?”

Creativity Can Liberate You

I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t want to write this newsletter. I had an exhausting and emotionally trying week and the thought of creating something new filled me with dread. But then I remembered our definition of creativity: “Creativity is the ability to take what exists and change it into something new through uniqueContinue reading “Creativity Can Liberate You”

Your Imagination Matters More Than You Know

If creativity is imagination in action, then there is no creativity without imagination. To determine which ideas have value, you first must proliferate diverse ideas. This is why most tests of creativity measure divergent thinking: the generation of many possible solutions as opposed to convergent thinking: the determination of the best possible solution. For example, the classic question “HowContinue reading “Your Imagination Matters More Than You Know”

When is Creativity?

To begin a newsletter reimagining the context of creativity, it feels pertinent to answer the question: What is creativity? Each of you come with your own understanding, assumptions and associations. How might we find a definition expansive enough to hold us all? Those who study creativity use the following definition: Creativity is a new combination of thoughtContinue reading “When is Creativity?”