An interesting thing has happened this summer, the conversation in our house is changing. We are goal oriented people over here in our little craftsman style house. Whether it is me with goals of building a mini empire or Tom pushing himself to swim, bike, run his way to a glorious finish in his first half Ironman, we are people who like to execute.
Over the summer there has been a distinct slow down or should I say “ease down” into a discussion that is much more spiritual and creative. It is shockingly refreshing. I feel like someone who was thirsty and didn’t even realize it until cool water passed through my lips.
With the launch XO, Monica Lee, I have been surprisingly content with playing. I have a buzzing voice in my head with a big list of to-dos but I am calming the voice by nibbling the tasks in bite size pieces. I don’t want the feeling of refreshment to get lost in a long list of ambitious tasks. I have been enjoying creating art and making the new site/blog into a mini art installation. That sounds weird to say out loud but since it gives me joy, I am feeling ease and fun with all of it and isn’t that where creativity is supposed to reside at some level?
A place where you leave off judgment about what others will think and ask yourself, “What do I think? Do I love this? How can I make this even more fun? What would I like to do more of?”
My mother recently called me out of overthinking things and she was right. Every time a problem comes my way I (almost gleefully) grab it like a rubrics cube and play with it until near death. I think what I have failed to realize is that, in the process of dealing with puzzles I had left off nurturing my intuitive side. Launching a new line is full of problem solving. My next question is really how to I make sure I use my problem solving skills and use intuitive play at the same time?
This is why when Tom said this to me this morning, it completely resonated with where my heart and spirit are right now,
Everyone of us has creative intuition, whether you are opening yourself up to new ways of thinking, carving out a lifestyle that makes sense for you, you have spot inside you that can really guide you.
As for the cool drink of water, I am all for changing the conversation to push myself into creative play and creative problem solving. I want the day to begin with a WHAT IF?
P.S. Repositioning my art space has helped me stay fresh this summer too!