to me. A voice inside me starts grumbling about how decidedly not creative I am and how I 'should be' creating like these people I admire. And I know that's bull but that's where I get stuck in the land of 'not enough'. But what to do?
Here are 3 ways I found particularly helpful in getting myself out of the 'not enough' space.
Often when the 'not enough' sticks it's because I'm not paying attention to the ways I am indeed enough. Today I decided to document all the ways I'm creative. Here are a couple of things
We're learning fables during our homeschool time and I'm
drawing pictures of the fables on our chalkboard as well as in
my own notebook and I'm learning how to play the tin whistle
and creating music. I'm also knitting up a sweater vest, a Winter Solstice present for my son, and I'm writing here and for my newsletter tribe.
So I am plenty creative on a daily basis.
As I noticed all the ways I'm creative daily, I found myself taking my creativity for granted by saying 'oh, that's just ____'. I also noticed how that felt very low, as if my creativity being expressed in that particular way was nothing special...another load of bull. None of us create in quite the same way as anyone else. Diminishing the way I create leaves me feeling less creative. Taking the time to really look at my creations and give
3. Ask the voice what it needs.
Some times the not enough voice is calling out about how I've been neglecting my relationship to myself because this voice is a part of me. It's been my experience when I don't acknowledge the 'not enough' it tends to get louder, like a baby crying wanting to be soothed. Acknowledging it and asking what it needs to feel whole is another possible solution. Once I know what it needs...what I need I can give it to myself. Sometimes the expectations of this part of me are unrealistic and need to be let go but more often than not it's something doable. In the case of looking at other's creativity, sitting with the 'not enough' voice made me realize while I have been doing creative things, it's mainly been for others not just for me.
I'd love to hear how you get yourself out of the land of 'not enough' .