“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
— Aristotle Onassis
In all these years teaching and attending workshops and retreats, what really moves me is just how often difficult life transitions spark the desire toward creativity.
It’s when things fall apart, when we’re suffering, that we tend to search out, or be open to finding, something that helps us heal, mend, recover, regroup.
Dark moments happen to everyone. We all face illness, death, disappointment. There is divorce, downsizing, addiction. Depression. Anxiety. Money issues. Betrayals.
It was at a workshop with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estès, where I heard her say that at a certain point in a woman’s life, she has one big decision to make: Whether or not to be bitter.
In other words, are we going to be a victim, or are we going to be the heroine of our life, and live into the story with the happy ending?
There’s another piece I want to share with you, too, in case you are stuck in a bout of creative darkness.
It might be that you’ve lost faith in your art, can’t see the value of your work, or are just stuck, stuck, stuck in massive procrastination and avoidance.
I’ve been there, and also been pinned down by
most all of the dark moments listed above.
What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed and Can’t Create gives you a step-by-step creative project you can do right now to get yourself headed in a lighter direction, while meeting you where you are.
Make a list of 10 things that are going well for you right now:
Make a list of 10 things you are appreciating, that you can see / hear / taste / smell / touch right where you are sitting:
Make a list of 10 books, movies, and/or songs that make you feel good:
Make a list of 10 things you are grateful for:
Keep this list handy for when you need help focusing on the light, instead of the dark.
For your creative journey…
Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook shows you how to create magnificent mixed-media art journals as a contemplative practice. It’s the foundational course required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training.
No experience in art or writing is necessary to attend any of my workshops. Absolute beginners are welcome! I’d be honored to be your creative journey guide.