Creativities Three Cravings

 
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November first marked four years of Ryan and I being married. I know. Woot! Woot!

During this time I have discovered more about myself than I ever could have imagined. The majority of my successes I attribute to the fact that very early on in Ryan and I’s marriage we decided to commit to each others growth. That commitment involved space, freedom of time, and finances. Those three things made SUCH an impact.

Let’s break this down a bit, shall we?

SPACE:

For me a healthy and consistent environment is one of the biggest necessities for creativity. To create well, one must be in a space that inspires it. As much as creativity is a wild creature, she needs consistency. Knowing when and where she can roam free is HUGE.

In our first, one bedroom apartment we went as far as putting our bed into the living room area so that I had a room to sew and create with my hands in. (No the bed in the living room didn’t look awful. We actually had floor-to-ceiling windows and an unobstructed view of the ocean from our downtown apartment)

Once we moved into the place we live in currently (a 2 bedroom), we traded. Now our spare room is a studio/office for Ryans music, writing and homework. I have made the living room/couch situation my usual spot for thinking as it is the space with the most light in the house.

Having this consistency in environment creates emotional stability, and that my friend, breeds great work.

Freedom of time:

We never really had a sit down conversation deciding we would give each other freedom of time, but we did understand that we were in our early 20s and still had SO much to learn. Our job as a spouse was to give the other person room and time to grow.

I’m not talking about just a day a week or an evening here and there to grow. I mean time blocks, and often. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, I mean giving time for the person to grow. As in weeks, seasons, or even years.

As you grow you will learn more about yourself. You will realize that maybe this thing you thought would really fulfill you - is actually a stressor, or not as enjoyable as you’d like it to be. So what do you do? You move on to the next thing. And you do this without shame because this allowance of time gives you the ability to keep exploring.

Finances:

I didn’t got to college. SHOCKER… lol. Although it was actually something I really wanted to do - my financial aid didn’t go through and I refused to build up a large amount of debt. I didn’t invest in your average way of schooling (plug in your local university here), however, I did invest in actionable and tangible things like online courses, fabric, a sewing machine, flowers, a computer, camera gear, and everything in between to create, learn, and grow.

“ Great Janna, that’s awesome but its kinda hard to be creative when the things I need to create with cost money.”

Yes, creativity can and will cost money. I will be the first to tell you this. It’s a fact. And all those who say that you can do it without money are lying or have a very limited understanding of the creative process.

Here’s a little heart check.

Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.

-James W. Frick

Is it time to bring in the big guns? I think so. STARBUCKS. Yep that daily dose of delectable goodness, or really anything you spend extra change on. Can you save this money and devote it to a worthy cause like investing in yourself. Or even better, create a Self investment|Growth Fund for yourself so you don’t feel guilty for choosing to spend 50 bucks on paint brushes or a nice journal or book.

“No Janna, you don’t understand. I literally don’t have any money to put towards this stuff.”

Then make creativity pay you?

Let me explain.

I learned my skills by working for people that were doing what I was interested in. For example, I worked for J’adore Floral -a wedding floral design company which had the three facets Im talking about today. There was space (the studio), time blocks (prep,design & event days) and investment (they payed for the flowers & I got to play with them). On top of all of that I got paid! I learned the skills I wanted to explore in floral design. The tools and knowledge I gained through the owner, Chantelle, and this job gave me the ability to pursue my own clients later, knowing that I could execute their orders with precision. All positives. I did the same with staging. So maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit?

Lets recap

3 things that impact creativity

  1. Consistency (location | atmosphere) breeds great work.

  2. Give yourself time for growth.

  3. You need to invest in yourself and what you are interested in.

These three things that creativity craves will change your life if you let them. I’m here to just to open your eyes to the possibilities. :)

Single or married, with children or not, it doesn’t matter. Creativity is a must. SELF. INVESTMENT. IS. A.MUST.

 
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Janna Tenney

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