Today I am going to introduce myself to the world, to you.
So, who am I?
I am one of your nearly always smiling neighbours, who very often would shout a quick “Hey, how are you?” over the fence and has a small talk with you. I would very much keep myself to family, friends and community life, totally engulfing myself into the “real” life and to my hobbies.
Why, do I hear say you, am I going to change this?
Well, we live on an earth where a lot of stuff is going on and everyone is so incredibly busy with earning money, with providing for life, taking care of loved ones and in the end of the day often feel lost, not themselves and ask: “Is this the life I want? Is that really it?”
I am a wife (to a pretty amazing man), mum of a 4 year old beautiful girl, working in a kind of normal office job, living in beautiful Suffolk and…
I am happy!
By “I am happy” I mean genuinely really and truly happy.
And I am going to share with you how I manage to do that.
Just for the record: I will not talk about religion and/or religious beliefs. That is something everyone has to figure out for themselves.
BUT: I do have a mission and that is to “Bring light to others”. (Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?)
How am I going to do this?
There are different ways to achieve being happy, a lot of ways. And there is no one and only or right way. Happiness is not a goal though, it is nothing you can achieve by working hard and chasing after it.
Happiness is a state of mind.
In other words: we can choose to feel happy, or at least to feel content with what we have (I aim for more though!).
My personal happiness comes from being able to express my creative side, to create. Of course I love my husband and I absolutely adore my daughter, however, I am sure a lot of women feel me when I say I want more of life, I want to be actually me and I want to express myself not by “just” being a wife and a mummy – though that is a LOT already! ;o)
I really admire ladies who are happy with that. For me it is not enough and I know from some other ladies: they also feel like that and most of them do not know how to step into their power, how to express themselves through creativity.
Aditionally to introducing myself to you lovely lot today I am going to share the top 3 reasons (or let me call them “excuses”) why we think we can not be creative.
No. 1) “I have no time to get creative.”
That is a classical one. Nobody has time to do anything actually. This is a widely by society accepted excuse to not do things. The key is to take time, to make room for the things we really want to do. How do we do that? The answer is not as hard as you might think: by prioritising. If you really want something, you make time for it. That is the only way. I just decided to learn how to play the guitar… watch this space…
And with creative stuff it’s like with everything else: you choose if you do it 20-30 minutes a day or 5 hours in one piece. However, let me tell you, doing a little bit every day is much easier than applying for “leave” from your family life to do things for several hours.
If you want to do the latter, and you have kids, the best ways to do it is by involving them. Children love getting creative and for my daughter it is like breathing and she learns a lot when she is in that “zone”.
No. 2) I am not good enough / I am not an artist.
Who defines if you have to be an educated artist? Everyone can be creative. Being creative is not about becoming famous and showing your credentials, it is about getting to know yourself better, to express yourself, to re-define yourself if you wish to do so.
Though if you DO become famous by getting through your blockades and doing what you love full time, would that be so bad?
By the way, if any of my blogs, posts or videos inspired you to get creative I’d really like to hear from you.
No. 3) I do not have money to be creative.
Well, if you really WANT to find an excuse for not getting creative you’ll have to be a little bit more inventive than that. There are so many different ways to be creative with little or even no money at all. It could be music.
Singing and making instruments of not used items doesn’t cost money.
You could go into the forest, collect some material that is laying around (sticks, leaves, cones, flowers on a field – beware of protected species please – … the list is endless if you go for a walk with your eyes open) and create beautiful woodland craft (I am planning on doing a video or two about that).
You could get creative by the way you look, for example by braiding your hair in an extravagant way (Youtube is a neverending goldmine for this one).
You could dance. There are so many tutorial videos on Youtube, the choice is overwhelming. Just get up and get moving!
You could also incorporate creativeness into your cooking and your presentation of the food to your loved ones if you wish to do so (hey hubby 😉 ).
You could crochet. All you need is a hook and yarn.
So, the list about the opportunities is endless and I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
And the best: you are never too old to start!
I am turning 40 this year and I am going to learn lots of other ways of getting creative and I am planning to take you with me (if you would like to be part of my journey).
For me creativity was, is and will be a part of my life, always.
When I was a little girl one of my teachers showed me how to crochet and I caught fire instantly, starting making little dresses for all my dolls. Another teacher introduced me into painting (not that I was any good at that, but I loved it anyways!) and the love for colours stayed with me.
My journey will lead me to lots of different things and hopefully you’ll get inspired to try similar projects.
Remember, happiness is a state of mind and you choose the trigger.
For me, for some reason, it had to be anything about creativity and I am sure my husband would tell you that I wouldn’t be the person I am without it.
So if you’d like to join me on my journey, be inspired and also to inspire me by giving me feedback (and maybe lead me to new creative shores) please subscribe to my YouTube channel (Catriz Earthshine) and add me on Facebook.
I’d love to share my passion with you and to see what progress you are making.