Are you a 'scanner' ? "Hmm?" you may say "what is that?" Well sometime ago I came across Barbara Sher's book 'What to do when I want to do everything' (Now called Refuse to choose) and I was amazed. For some reason I set it aside and until now never went back to it.
Well yesterday I felt drawn to check it out again and I came across Barbara's podcast on Blog Talk Radio. I listened to the one on scanners and felt like my life had finally been put into context and I was no longer a wandering soul, who liked Everything! You see I've always been someone who loves to try things and have dipped into many things and then moved on to the next. I always thought I couldn't stick with anything and saw it as a major flaw in my personality until I discovered this is not so!
'Scanners' are people who love learning and love to try many things. They stop something when it is no longer enjoyable to them. Does that sound like you?
Check out Barbara's podcast and book to learn much more, it is so freeing. I always felt like I 'had' to put myself into a box and be one thing or do one thing and if I didn't I wasn't being professional or I wouldn't be a success. Now I know different!
This issue has come up in many forms including a discussion I had with Jane about feeling like I have to paint in just one way. I was telling her how sometimes I longed to paint abstracts and other times whimsey or landscapes but didn't feel like I could for fear of coming across disordered and scattered. I told Jane how I loved her authenticity, the fact that she puts out work in response to her creative call, whether it be prim, impressionist or abstract - it is so freeing for a creative person. It is therapy in it's best form.
Since starting my business in 2004 as a craft business selling handmade stitched items, pot pourri, little gifts and hanging ornaments and then creating patterns and workshops and now moving into painting, I realise I am someone who loves to make things! It's impossible for me to just say I am a painter or a crocheter or a stitcher because I am all of those things. Going back to my Inspired post I can see I get a lot of this from my Grandma who loved creating in all kinds of ways.
So now I feel like I have been set free, free to create and put out to the world whatever God calls me to create and I am very very excited! Above you will see a little mosaic of just some of the things I love and creative things I have done in the past 5 years.
It is impossible for me to do just one thing creatively. I still very much love painting and will continue to bring you paintings every week and you may see some other cute and creative things popping up too. I hope you are excited as I am to share in my journey of a complete creative lifestyle offered to you here on this blog and at my Etsy store from now on and I also hope that you too will feel free to play and enjoy all the things that you love and that make you happy.
1. tea time, 2. Ellie in my studio, 3. Beautiful primrose, 4. angel love bookmark, 5. sweet pea seedings, 6. Crochet, 7. scented heart1, 8. osteospurnmum grown, 9. red heart cushion, 10. cupcakes, 11. creativity closeup 2, 12. Bear, 13. Sketch - Dare to Dream, 14. Ellie & Me, 15. chocolate queen greeting card, 16. blue pearl chain earrings
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