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The struggle - being creative

For my second blog post I will be talking about the mental struggles of being creative or rather the determination and positivity you need to have in order to do something you love!

I have always known I have wanted to be an artist and this idea was well supported by my family as I was growing up. I feel very lucky to have had this and like I have said previously this may not have happened had they not stood by me. Despite this it is not an easy thing to do, being creative and sharing it is one of the scariest things I have ever done. I do not wish to sugar coat it for anyone that is starting out, honesty is the best policy! I also do not mean to discourage anyone it is the best thing that has ever happened to me, the pride, the sense of achievement, the thought that your work brings joy to others. I say it has happened to me but I have spent years working on getting out there, trying find myself and to perfect what I do. I still feel I have a long way to go but I am hugely proud of how far I have come and that is VERY important to remember in this kind of work.

This year and the last have been very good for me, bigger commissions and challenges are coming to me now, I am feeling extremely grateful for the opportunities and experience it is giving me. The key things that have changed, I think, in my life is; I have more focus possibly because I am about to be 30 next year, I am more determined, I am working harder but also dreaming bigger. Some people do not find dreaming easy as to achieve it is hard work and if they don't they have failed. I would say yes it is scary but if you don't take chances in life you will regret it later on trust me! I would like to say that there hasn't been a year that has gone by where I haven't questioned what I am doing and wanted to give up, I don't because I know I would be miserable and feel like a failure but it does get that hard sometimes.

So I try and deal with all of this by being positive, grateful, dreaming and feeling. The first two are pretty self explanatory keep a smiling, grin and bear it if you will and staying humble whilst being thankful. Dreaming and feeling is maybe a bit out there, you have to see yourself where you want to be and imagine that you are already there, feel all the emotions you would feel. Depending on what it is you can add other sensations to it as well like smells or the wind on your face. I sit and do this on a daily basis, I smile however crappy I may feel I do it anyway and it inevitably makes me feel better. I think how grateful I am to have everyone and everything I have in my life. Finally I think of one of the many dreams I have and visualise either doing it or seeing it after its done. All of this then motivates me to get on with it all because I am now excited and I cant wait to get there. Ultimately if you feel like this you will inevitably get there, you will seek it out, it may take you down a different path than you expected but that just life isn't it, just roll with it.

I hope this is insightful, I would love to hear what you think and how you deal with being creative. Hit me up on any social media links just search for 7th Pencil! or email on