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Creativity - what does it mean to you.

What is your experience with Creativity?

Lets start an honest conversation about what it means to you, your experiences, and how you express it.    The good, the bad, and the ugly (as they say).
When I was growing up, creativity was seen as a hobby - something you did in your spare time. To make it BIG - creatively - you had to be someone really special, someone that was extremely talented.  
I do remember when I was about 14yrs old, I was experimenting with bark painting.  I really enjoyed working with bark in a collage process then burning images into the bark with a hot pen.  A friend of the family really like them and purchased them from me.  It was a huge boost to my self confidence as an artist and I remember my parents being so proud.  What I don't understand is why I didn't continue with my bark paintings and look to sell more.
I often wonder what would have happened if we had the internet and social media back then.  Would I have pursued my creative career further, would that have been encouraging or would any negative comments knock me down.
There are many experiences I had throughout my childhood, teen years and adulthood that either built me up or knocked me down.  What I am most saddened by is that I allowed the knock downs to influence my decision to pursue a creative career, rather than just 'play' on my own and for my own enjoyment.  Don't get me wrong.  I believe this was a necessary part of my journey.  It allowed me to explore without negative comments, it allowed me to play and build up my skills, to work out what medium I liked to work in.  It was my incubation period.
Yet, it has taken a lot for me to step up and say to the world - YES!! I am a creative, I thrive in putting my heart and soul into my pieces of art and jewellery.  My soul is finally finding its voice and is learning to express itself to the world.  It has so much to say, so much to express, so much to explore. 
I am unleashing my inner creative and it feels sooooo good.
Please share with us your creativity journey.
Unleash your inner creative
With aroha (love)
Sues Russell

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