Connect with Verve Newsletter 8.8.2020
Retail therapy meets art therapy
Last week, I went to Michael’s (the craft store) at least four times in seven days. And that is in addition to the online shopping I did for other art supplies. Which is also in addition to the online courses I bought on mixed media art and cooking. And in addition to enrolling in private drawing lessons. I had a full on creative consumption binge. It came out of nowhere, and I was powerless against it.
After the first Michael’s haul, I had a huge let down. I got really frustrated and down on myself for only ever shopping for supplies, but not actually making anything. Which is, of course not true, because if you follow my tag #CreateWithVerve on Instagram, you see that I have held fairly consistently to my pledge at the beginning of 2020 to create every day. Even if I don’t post, I likely am working on something creative, from trying a new dish to doodling during a conference call. But at some point, the overabundance of supplies (if there even is such a thing), started to feel like a burden – a compulsion or addiction even – and it was so powerful, it scared me. When it comes to art supplies, I lose my damn mind.
I had originally gone to Michael’s to purchase these things called Mermaid Markers, created by artist Jane Davenport. I’d seen her on YouTube and was intrigued by the haunting beauty of her figures. I bought the markers on an impulse, but then realized I didn’t know how to use them. So I pulled up one of her videos. In the video she introduced me to the term: “Rainbowitis”, which she calls the compulsion to buy all the art supplies. She has it BAD, and I love it. I felt seen! I processed this via text with my mom, who also has a penchant for pretty things, and two of my girlfriends (coincidentally both named Emily), and the prognosis was the same: If it makes you happy, do it.
Coaching Reflection Question
“Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”
-Marcia Wieder, CEO and Founder of Dream UniversityWhat secret love are you harboring away? What would it mean to bring it into the light? What would it take to make it part of your every day?
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To create is to be vulnerable
When I tell people what I do, many times people shake their head and say “Oh, I’m not creative”. FALSE!!! I makes me sad to hear because our creativity is in there, it just gets so lost underneath what we are told is “important” or “worthy” or “right”. In a brilliant episode of the Magic Lessons podcast, Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert do an amazing exploration of how creativity is wiped out of kids early on, and how hard it is to come back from that.
The best method? PLAY. Just make something. Just for you. No judgement. Lose yourself in the experiment. It’s so good for the soul!
The same is true at work. To express our big ideas or to attempt to change the status quo can take courage and a lot of vulnerability. In this time of change and defining a new go-forward, I’ve been working with several clients on the theme of asking for what they want and negotiating job descriptions or work schedules or realigning to work they are passionate about. I’ve even had to do this for myself in the midst of recent organization changes at my company. The key here is to get really clear about what matters most to you, and know what you are willing to flex on and what is a deal breaker. And creativity is important here, too, as you look beyond what you’ve always known to be true and imagine what will be necessarily for you in your next phase. Just like with your other creative endeavors, first you have to make time to PLAY, dream and imagine, before you get to a final executable vision. I have a great little exercise I use with clients to step through this process. Contact me for a complementary session and we can do yours!
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Everyone is Creative
A little while ago, I interviewed mother-turned-artist Mou Saha for the Verve Podcast, and we talked about so much that I had to split the episode in two! In this second part of our discussion, we dig into her childhood art explorations and how she overcame the negative feedback she received. While she never intended to become an artist, she was determined to keep trying and to keep enjoying the process. She gives some wonderful insights about starting a creative business, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude every day. She also tells the story of a full circle moment from childhood to today that will give you chills!
If you want to learn more about Mou’s art journaling and drawing classes*, or if you want to explore other media, I *highly* encourage you to check out the courses on CreativeBug*. This on-demand art class platform has been such a bright spot in my creative (and shelter-in-place) journey. I have learned so much from Mou and the other instructors, like Lisa Congdon and e Bond. WIth a free trial and a low monthly subscription fee, It’s a small and very worthwhile investment in your artistic life.
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Til next time, be safe and be well,
Lauren Travis Lambrecht
Founder, Verve Leadership
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