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WE NEED CREATIVITY

Last week I got this inspiration to create some scented soaps. All I had to do was to roll up my sleeves and listen to the intuition.

20 July 2014 Sunday 00:03
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

Last week I got this inspiration to create some scented soaps. All I had to do was to roll up my sleeves and listen to the intuition. When I saw a friend's scented soaps the inner voice started screaming “you have to make some, this is what you were looking for.”

For a while now I have been feeling a gap inside me despite my career I wanted to do so something different, something creative, something that I could share with people, something that would give pleasure to people. I could paint (I am a painter with 8 solo exhibitions) but I didn’t feel like painting.  I could make some papier maché object (which I have done for years and years) but didn’t feel like it. Then whammm!! Falls this idea of soap making right in front of me.

And as it is the law everything started to fall right in front of me. It was so easy to find the necessary finances to buy the material, people started connecting with me through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. and here I am even ready to start selling the “Ozzy’s Savories”! Yeayyy…

You see, all of us are creative. Yes, there are painters, writers, interior decorators, architects, dancers, and so on, but creativity is much more than the “artist” view that many of us hold.

Creativity is expressed in many ways: how you dress, how you decorate your office, how you choose gifts for others, or how you cook a meal for your family. And these talents can be applied to any creative desire. Think about the hidden part of you that you’d like to reawaken this year — the part that will require you to use your creative muscles in a more pronounced way.

Then, keep in mind that the beginning stage of any creative process is one of the most fragile and vulnerable periods of all. Our creative dreams are so delicate and it only takes one negative comment to throw us off track. This is why you might need to keep your idea to yourself, holding the energy in, so to speak, so you can gain clarity and allow your idea to build strength and momentum. Otherwise it’s too easy to be influenced by the fears (or expectations) of others. Too many people just abandon great ideas because of someone else’s insensitivity.

Creativity needs space. Creating anything new not only takes physical energy, it takes emotional energy. You need to make space for your dream. Once you’re ready to share your ideas be sure to let people know how you’d like to receive feedback and what kind of feedback would be most helpful. Take responsibility for the kind of support you receive. You need to nurture your dream.

There’s a good chance that you’ll doubt your idea, question your direction, or wonder whether or not you have what it takes to follow through. When this happens you’ll need a strong advocate to keep you on course. You need people in place who reminds you of your strengths and remind you to put your foot in front of the other. The completion of a creative project takes perseverance and commitment.

Like a flower that requires plenty of sunlight to fully blossom, your creative project will need to be nourished with lots of love. As you continue with the creative process, surround yourself with people who can love you through your fear, self-doubt or exhaustion. Sometimes you’ll need a gentle reminder to take a break. You need to nourish your creative idea with love. Give that wild and wonderful hidden part of you a chance to emerge by protecting your creativity.

How about honoring yourself and your soul this week by taking your desire for creative expression seriously and getting your creative needs met now.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!


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