How Life Coaching Helped Deepen My Creative Practice

How I Deepened My Creative Practice

We’ve all heard that creativity can lead to self-discovery, healing, stress reduction, and more. But how?

How do you get to that point of being able to create so freely, your soul is able to speak clearly through art?

I guess it comes naturally to some. But it wasn’t that so for me.

Years ago, I had the need to have a sense of control. I needed life to be predictable. Not only in life, but in my creative process as well. When I created, each step was planned out.

And this way of life served me quite well – I built a successful business selling my art, and was even featured in magazines and on television. But it ran me dry. Until eventually I was feeling completely lost and empty.

Long story short, I quit and went on a mission for freedom.

I floundered, found my way, and floundered some more. Through following my inner guidance, I was able to release some of my perfectionism and comparison and step bravely into art journaling.

But it wasn’t until I started working with a life coach that I was able to truly speak to my soul through art.

Having my own personal coach, as well as training to sharpen my skills as a life coach has stretched me in so many ways I didn’t know was possible.

Here’s just a few ways coaching has helped to deepen my creative practice:

It Showed Me What I Was Missing

I had recently moved to a new town. My mother had just passed away. I grew up painfully shy. What I’m really trying to say is – I didn’t have anyone in my life to really talk to. Coaching showed me what it was like to connect with someone on a deep, soul level. It awakened me to how on the surface I was living. It showed me what was possible. It led me to wanting a deeper relationship with others and with myself. And so, the journey of getting to know my soul began.

It Broke Me Open

Before life coaching, I didn’t realize how closed down I was. It felt like life was fine. But really, my emotions were shut down. I was still slightly stuck in that “autopilot” way of living. Coaching gently pushed me to open my heart. It gave me a safe space to be vulnerable. Naturally, it spilled out into my life – beginning with my own safe space: my art journal.

It Peeled the Layers Back

From being so closed down, my ego naturally built walls around me – carefully constructed masks of a person I thought society wanted me to be. Coaching helped me begin the process of peeling those layers back one by one; until eventually I started to see who I really am without society’s labels and expectations. Each time I got a glimpse of this beautiful soul within, I let her spill onto my journal page with paint. And the more I saw her, the more easily I was able to connect with her.

It Removed the Guilt

Changes were happening all around me. Good changes. I began to see the effect coaching was having not only on me, but to my family as well. It taught me the importance of taking time for myself, so I can better serve those I love. With this new understanding, I was able to develop a more regular practice of having personal time with my journal – without the usual guilt.

It Taught Me How to Separate

As with any new beginning, my mind was full of negative chatter when I first started art journaling. Ugh, that’s so ugly! You’re doing it wrong! At first, I didn’t even recognize these voices within. I was so used to them playing in the background of my mind, I couldn’t even hear them clearly anymore. All I knew was that I struggled with fully expressing myself. Through working with a life coach, I learned to recognize which voices were coming from my pre-programmed ego, and which were coming from the real me – my soul. In turn, I was finally able to start seeing those negative thoughts as separate from myself. As something I can actually tangibly work with and transform; allowing me to finally let my soul lead the way in life, and in my journal.

It Showed Me the Beauty in Imperfection

Through coaching, I was learning to be more present in life. To view myself, others, and the world around me with a new set of eyes. It led me to see how we are all perfectly imperfect. This was especially evident when I began coaching my own clients. I saw how raw, vulnerable, messy, yet oh so beautiful each one of us really are. I fell in love with them not because they were perfect, but because of their imperfections. And through this new view on life, I began to embrace and even love the imperfections in my art. My perfectionism and comparison simply slipped away.

Our lives and our art are more intertwined than I ever would have imagined.

When beginning my coaching training back in January of 2014, I was simply curious with a passion to help people. But through my journey, I see now the misconception from society that creating is all about producing a result or product.

Our creativity is part of our innate magic.

It’s a gift we all possess that allows us to weave our souls into the tangible world. It’s bringing our essence to life. It’s making the invisible real – giving it a reality in this tangible, visual world.

The more that we can see and nurture our true selves, the deeper our creative practices become. And the deeper our practices become, the more we are able to heal, see, and love our soul – our true beautiful selves.

With Love,

PS Does this sound like a journey you’re ready to embark upon too? For the last two years, I’ve been coaching behind the scenes… But now, I’m ready to offer it to you as well. Click Here to read about my upcoming coaching program “Start a Revolution from within” and sign up to get notified when registration opens.

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    One Vital Secret Successful Creative People Know

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    I’m so excited to share with you my first video for Monday’s Muse!  Today I’m revealing one simple vital tip that successful creative geniuses know and live by that you should be aware of, in order to create success in your own creative adventures. I hope this helps you get one step closer to your dreams! Be sure to let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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      The Big Q: WHY?

      Why creativity? Why would you want to be creative? What is the big deal?

      Every creative has their own answers to these questions. If you don’t have your own answers yet, know that in time you will. My answer is simple. Its because I believe that creativity is an essential ingredient to living a happy life. Creativity is known to relieve stress, relax you, and to help you discover your true self + inner feelings. If that doesn’t help you to be more happy in life, then I don’t know what will.


      What drives you to be creative? Why do you want to be a creative person? Leave a comment below!

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        What is Creativity & Why is it Important?

        When faced with the word “creativity”, most people tend to start thinking of famous artists like Picasso or Andy Warhol, or perhaps they think of famous writers, poets, or even John Lennon or another musician they admire. But creativity is really just a human trait that we all posses, so why not think of ourselves, or the people around us?

        Over the years, the definition of creativity has gotten a little distorted. Those that weren’t encouraged to foster their creativity as a child have come to believe that it is a mysterious quality that only some posses. But in reality, having creativity simply means you are able to bring your ideas to life. Its about imagining something, then figuring out how to make it real. Everyone has ideas. Sit back and think – I’m sure you can bring back a few ideas you’ve had in the past. Now all you have to do is find the ambition, knowledge, and tools you need to bring it to life. That my friend is creativity.

        “We’ve become narrow in the way we think about creativity,” observes Teresa Amabile, a psychologist at Brandeis University, MA. “We tend to think of it as rarefied: artists, musicians, poets. But the cook in her kitchen is showing creativity when she invents a variation on a recipe.” Creativity can be as broad as finding a new way to get your child to do their chores, or creating a new solution to fit all those tools on that tiny shelf to as narrow as painting a picture in oils or writing a symphony.

        The world is not divided between creative people and uncreative people.

        If there is a divide, its between those who nurture their creativity and those who are suppressing it. Creativity is the essence of everything we do, its in our nature. People are creating everyday whether you are aware of it or not. Look around you. Everything you see… your home, the styles you wear, the food you eat, the tools or electronics you use… everything has been created as a direct result of creativity.

        Creativity is a gift to us all. It gives us the ability to change the world we live in, and it allows us to express who we are. So you shouldn’t be asking, “Am I creative?” because we are all inherently creative. What you should be asking, is “What inspires or motivates me to create?”.

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