My retirement lifestyle statement has remained consistent now for a few years. I did dramatically modify my vision statement a number of times the first few years of retirement as I worked on self discovery and understanding my own personal values versus societal values (see link here about the evolution – a look back at vision statements sep 2020). I recently updated my statement to add in body, heart, mind, and spirit/soul. (See here Latest update on vision statement May 2022). My current statement continues to resonate with me. I’m still going back and forth on language – creative soul or creative spirit. Today, creative spirit feels right!
Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Spirit, Contemplative Mind.
I plan my daily and weekly activities and quiet times to reflect this vision. For quite a long time, I’ve struggled with the creative element. And my inner critical voice often tells me I’m not doing “it” right. This voice regularly informs me, “If you are not studying and practicing to become a better artist, then you are not really creative.” I’m not taking painting classes or learning to be a gourmet chef or learning to play a musical instrument or taking classes to become a good photographer or working to write another book. I’m not working to improve in any aspect of creativity… so obviously I am not really creative. Yes, the inner critic voice can be a nasty one.
I needed to rethink manifestation of creative energy in my life to shut down that voice. Here are some real-life examples of how I am living creatively:
- Trying new recipes when preparing a meal. And there is also my continual search for the “perfect” Thai brown sauce.
- Morning pages. I do write in my journal almost every morning, jotting down everything from gratitude from the day before, to what I need to accomplish today, to body scans – physical and emotional, to dream fragments remembers, to how I’m feeling about life. Sometimes there are hints of blog topics in those pages! And even writing a blog post (almost) every week is creative.
- Working in the garden. Visualizing plantings, arranging containers and yard art. I created succulent gardens and even some yard art myself. Maybe it’s not Pinterest-worthy, but fun and cute in my garden.
- Crafting explorations. While not “high art”, it does reflect creativity. While I am not looking to become a master-crafter in any aspect, turning corks, shells, glass beads, and wire into various things is fun. Again, not Pinterest-worthy, but friends seem to like getting my crafting outputs as small gifts.
- “Planning in and of itself is a creative endeavor.” I read that comment recently and loved it! I am having fun planning different events – from fun friend gatherings to tourist-in-own-town day trips. My local friends are appreciative of my finding and planning fun things to do. Even though I believe (Another self limiting belief? Once again I am putting value on one side of an either/or tension!) that living a spontaneous life is better than planning, I need to acknowledge that I am a planner and that does involve creativity.
Yes, I am living with a creative spirit within! I am creative enough. I am also active enough. I am connected enough. I am contemplative enough. [Those are affirmations to work on shutting down that critical inner voice!]
Does this shift in thinking about creative spirit help? What aspects of your life reflect creative energy/spirit?
Picture Credit: inspiration from a garden visit this week – maybe my next craft exploration?