Today’s post takes us away from my normal focus on writing and into one of my other passions, which is art journaling. I share this because It is important that writers take time to embrace our non-writing related passions, hobbies, and other methods of creative expression. I want to explain how these other creative outlets can help you become a more successful writer.
Last year I transitioned from being a writer to an author. This was a personal commitment for me to begin treating my writing as a career and not just a hobby or a distant dream. I wasn’t a published author at the time. I decided to shift my mindset and view myself as an author. I had to consider myself as an author in order to become one. It worked.
Once I made that career commitment I was living the dream, doing what I loved as a job. Let’s just ignore the whole not really getting paid part and focus on my point. My hobby, my creative outlet, became a job. Even though I love what I do I found myself dealing with burnout, stress, and feeling uninspired. I was no longer creating just for myself but for others and that came with pressure.
That is where my art journey began. I have always enjoyed creating but never considered myself an artist. I was creative and I loved DIY but I shied away from embracing my inner artist. There are several members of my family who are amazing artists. I am not as naturally talented or trained as they are. I let this hold me back from certain types of art for years. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t let it rob you like it robbed me.
Until I needed art in my life. With the pressure of writing, editing, marking, and building an author platform it was easy to become overwhelmed and feel stuck. I needed something in my life to help balance my work, family, and self-care. I needed something that was just for me. I needed to be creative for pleasure. I needed freedom from the pressure to make content that was valuable and marketable.
I needed a fun creative outlet to step away from my writing at times. I began art journaling and it has evolved over the last year into an essential part of my life. I art journal to relieve stress, to let go of my perfectionism, and to see my creativity displayed in a visual way. I needed art to take the place writing had before it was my career.
That is why I will be sharing my art journey with you. It is a part of my writer’s life. It keeps me balanced, whole, and productive. I encourage all my fellow creatives to find ways to take time for themselves. To nurture all aspects of your life. This will allow you to write creatively. For you, it might not be art. It could be yoga, running, hiking, journaling, being in nature, photography, travel or whatever it is that brings you into a creative place.
I hope you enjoy this real look into my writer’s life and my perfectly imperfect art journal. I would love to know if you can relate to my experience. What is your non-writing passion or hobby? Are you struggling to find that? Share your success and struggles.