Big Magic & Creative Recovery

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I constantly am mentioning Creative Recovery.

That’s because in the midst of me pulling myself through my own version of radical body healing by eating more than anyone would recommend and buying lots of new pants, I was also, by happenstance, going through a creative recovery.

I was reading the book The Artist’s Way, and I was doing all these writing exercises, doing all this daydreaming, I was learning how to play, how to let myself off the hook, how to use my voice, how to share my voice, how to write things just for the hell of it, and how to get out of my own way.

I was introducing myself to myself and also to a spiritual force… creativity.

I was figuring out who I was underneath all those layers of food and body obsession.

I was finding a life that was completely new and fun and free and answered to no one. It was for me.

The best work, most fun and life changing work I do with mentees is the creative side. The what do you really want to be doing side. The get out of your own way side. The what would you do if you found out you had one year to live side.

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I am reading Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book about creativity. I’ve been looking forward to it for so long. I LOVE reading about and talking about and dealing with creativity. It’s my shit.

She says lots of things I already know and practice, but says it in a new way. And I highly recommend reading it, for everyone.

Creativity is not just for creative professionals.

Creativity is a human birthright.

Creativity is how you live, how you dress, how you use your downtime. It’s your morning routine, it’s the way you decorate your space. Creativity is your hobby, your projects, and the way you see the world. Creativity is communing with the force that created us, and creating something new. Creativity is allowing yourself to take up space and add to this world. Creativity is allowing frivolity.

As Elizabeth Gilbert said in her book creativity is sacred and not sacred at all.

It’s spirituality and frivolity, reverence and fun, rolled up into one beautiful thing.

Anyway, I also had another epiphany last night. I want to work with more people specifically on creative recovery. It’s peppered into every program I create, and every mentoring program I run, but I want to focus on it. That is one of my favorite things to do.

So I’m going ahead and changing my Mentoring Services, for all new clients I take on. I’m shifting my curriculum and focus and opening up some new spots for one on one work on Creative Recovery. And I am… so excited.

Don’t worry I’m still running my 6 Month Life Recovery Program, which covers a little bit of everything! It will open back up enrollment in late November for the January 1 start!