Half Hour Accountability Work Sessions
On the morning of my 43rd birthday, I woke up and wrote an essay that just flowed right out of me. I would later submit this essay to an online magazine (all the while freaking out waiting to hear whether or not they had accepted my submission) and it would become my first published piece of writing. Ever since that day, I have committed to listen to my gut, my inner knowings, and put myself out there to live life fully as a creative person.
At first, it was awkward. My inner critic was loud and nasty, but I just could not quiet the other voice inside of me that desperately wanted and needed to be heard too, my creative voice. I felt called to write, draw, paint, decorate, cook, rearrange furniture…you name it, I wanted to do it all.
I signed up for workshops that piqued my interests, searching and rooting around for something that would stick.
I maxed out my library card and read books like they were going out of style.
My home and wardrobe became extensions of my creative longings. I worked with them by infusing color and pattern back into my monochromatic life. Designing and re-tooling what I already had was a major creative outlet for me. For six years in a row, I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure and seriously tackled projects around my home like it was my job.
I approached thrifting like I was training for an Olympic sport and it allowed me to express myself in so many different ways and try things on for size, all the while staying on a budget.
My iPhone became a trusted tool for my creativity. I used it to capture little bits of beauty from my everyday. I started to see the world around me in new and interesting ways. The natural world became a focal point and I used color as inspiration and metaphor, while cataloguing little nuggets from my life that I didn’t want to forget.
Instagram helped me hone my composition skills and helped me share the visual story of my day-to-day creative pursuits. I developed relationships with other artistic women from all around the world via social media. I felt like I was part of a creative community for the first time in my life.
Over the past five years, I have evolved into what I would call a “working creative.” I’m still not super comfortable with the word “artist,” but I’m absolutely, positively sure that I’m a creative person. I went back to college in 2015, a month after I got sober, and declared art as my major. I have illustrated a few projects, published more essays, had a gallery show featuring my original paintings, co-founded an art exchange project and currently co-host a podcast about the intersection of creativity + sobriety called The Unruffled Podcast.
None of this happened overnight. I built up the courage and the tools one day at a time and I’d love to share them with you.
Do you have ideas that you’d like to see come to life, but don’t know how to proceed?
Do you wish you had more creative confidence?
Do you want to evict your inner critic?
I’m offering 30-minute creative consulting sessions wherein you can pick my brain about my processes and we an work together to help you crystalize your own creative path or project. I am all about accountability and would love to help you navigate your own creative plan of action.
For each 30-minute session, I will send you an intake form to fill out and we’ll schedule a zoom call that works best for you. We can use your time however you wish. The cost will be $55.
Once you purchase a creative consulting session, I’ll be in touch to schedule our time together.
I look forward to working with you.