Fitting Creativity into a Busy Life

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I wrote a post over at The Parking Lot Confessional about making time for creativity. This is something I’ve struggled with for years. It wasn’t until I started taking my dreams seriously that I figured out how to begin living a creative life. If you struggle with balancing responsibilities with your creative ideas, check out my post.

Here’s a snippet.

A lot of people I talk to mention their wish to fulfill their dreams. They want to write books, pursue music, art, lose twenty pounds, run a marathon, etc. And they say, “Someday,” in that forlorn kind of way. And when I encourage them to make the time, they say, “No, no. I just can’t right now. I have (fill in the blank — kids, a job, a dirty house, bills to pay, to diet, to be perfect, etc.).” To which I say, Phooey.

I hope you find it helpful. And I’d love to hear how you make time for your dreams.


2 thoughts on “Fitting Creativity into a Busy Life

    StrayfishFiction said:
    January 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Isn’t it a worry that women are still struggling with these conflicts? I was born in 1948 and so career options included secretarial (if you were bright) and factory (if you weren’t). I was lucky, my parents were more afraid of stopping me going on to the 6th form than they were broke but I still ended up at art college rather than doing science which is where my interests lay. Since then, I’ve watched and participated in agressive then integrative feminism, moved from needing my Dad’s permission to rent a TV to leading specialist research for a 5000+ organisation. But still women can’t find time to think and BE because of socially and politically determined pressures. I’ve been selfish, self determining and single minded. Science is just as creative an endeavour as writing and I make space for it because it is my raison d’etre. Without it I am nothing but a dissatisfied, resentful, grumped up hulk so I owe it to myself and everyone around me to make the most of what I can do.
    If you’ve seen Good Will Hunting you’ll know why that is. Some of us can do and some of us can’t so if you can do what many others cannot do, don’t you owe it to them to get the hell on with it? I make time because I can do what most people cannot (I’m talking science here, my fiction has a way to go) and what’s more, I ENJOY IT! Try thinking of this as doing yourself and everyone else a favour, producing the imaginings only you can offer and brightening the lives of those who are waiting for your works.
    Here endeth!

    Nicole Langan said:
    January 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    If you take what you want to do seriously – you make the time. Whether it’s 20 minutes when you get up in the morning or 10 minutes before you go to bed – if you can’t live without being creative, you fit it in.

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