Why I Have to Be Creative (Or Else)

I’ve been thinking about creativity a lot lately: whether or not I need it to be a money maker for me (I would certainly like it to work out that way), what it means to me to make things even if they’re just for me, and what it fulfills in me.

Listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast Magic Lessons has certainly kept my mind on creativity, and I love how she talks about the process.

You know what? I’m kind of circling around my point here, which is: I LOVE MAKING THINGS. I am so enjoying learning how to hand-letter, I’m loving creating colorful backgrounds, and today I fell in love with shading/shadowing/blending/highlighting letters. See below for what I mean. I’ll meet you on the other side.

I want to make a living as an artist. But even if I am not able to achieve that any time soon (or ever), I know I’ll never, ever stop making stuff. I can’t. It definitely comes and goes, and my passion for certain media will light up and I’ll forget about all others (I had a huge polymer clay phase a few years ago), but no matter what, I must create. Art and writing, those are my two big things. The things that make me feel like me. And lately, art is definitely winning over writing.

Also: I am opening my Etsy shop back up this month. I am. I will. I’ll tell you about it.


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