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Inspiration to Spark Your Creativity and Follow Your Passion

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Unknown

TED Talks

Pursuing your creativity, whether it means a leap into a new career field or the pursuit of a new hobby, means accepting vulnerability and the possibility of failure, big or small. Both realities can stop us from pursuing what we dream of doing but these TED Talks will inspire you to take the leap.

 

The Power of Vulnerability –Brené Brown

 

The Fringe Benefits of Failure – J. K. Rowling

 

Do Schools Kill Creativity – Ken Robinson

 

Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert

 

The Crossroads of Should and Must

There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.” – Elle Luna

 

This essay by Elle Luna, an artist, is one of the most inspiring ones I have read about pursuing your passion. It is worthwhile to read every word but she ultimately decides that what we do and who we are do not need to be separate entities – they can be one in the same if we face the fear but choose Must anyway. Note: There is a book based on the essay intended to help you do just that.

 

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

 

Meditation

Headspace, a digital guided meditation service and mindfulness training app, did a two-part series on discovering creativity even if you feel you are not a particularly creative person. They discuss the belief that calming the mind allows us to recognize the ideas and creative thoughts that are hidden by the mind’s “traffic.” One way to free the mind? Meditation.

 

Discovering creativity: It’s there but can we see it?

Discovering creativity: teaching the mind to find some space – Part 2

 

Guided meditations:

Headspace’s Free 10-Part Meditation Introduction

Calm.com

 

Writing

Writing to simply write can relax our mind and guide us toward realizations or ideas that cultivate creativity. As Ashley Abramson of Darling Magazine says, “You don’t even have to identify as a writer to reap the benefits of writing — you just have to want to do the work.” Darling Magazine shares five writing prompts to get you started.

 

Five Prompts to Help You Tell Your Story

 

Physical Activity

Exercise, especially running and yoga, can have a meditative quality that allows you to tune into your own thoughts. If you are craving some creativity or considering a decision outside of your comfort zone, try working through it with exercise.

 

12 Yoga Poses to Spark Creativity

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

 

 

What fuels your creativity? Share with us in the comments – we’d love to hear.

 

About Courtney McGowan

Courtney McGowan is a freelance writer living in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Master of Science in Health Communication program and currently works at UC San Diego in Research Ethics. She enjoys writing, cooking, NPR, yoga, reading and running. She strives to educate others about various topics in health and wellness. Twitter: @courtasee // Instagram: @courtneym913 // LinkedIn