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”

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?”