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The Best Creative Advice

In Thoughts on August 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

…that I’ve stumbled upon yet. Am I really qualified to tell you which advice is good and which is crap when pursuing your creativity? Hell no. I haven’t done anything creatively great in my life. So, what I’m here to say is that this guy has a great idea that we should listen to simply because it is laid out in a way that hasn’t been done before. He expands upon how to “cultivate” your passion and, what I found to be most important, how to recognize opportunity that may lead to a new, more fulfilling passion. Read:
‘FOLLOW YOUR PASSION’ IS CRAPPY ADVICE: AN INTERVIEW

How many “passions” have you had in your life? When you were 8, what was it? Working on your boy/girlscout badges? What about 15, a specific sport? What about when you were 18… did it change? Mine did. All of my areas of interest have generally stayed in similar categories but my “passion” has changed. My focus when I was 18 was to become a makeup artist. I’ve always been great at it, and I loved learning about products and colors and techniques. Fast forward three years and I can’t learn enough about great works of literature and the emotions and histories that inspired them. I still enjoy doing makeup, but it’s no longer my passion. Why? Because I pursued it with room for growth. I built an expensive makeup kit, accompanied my friend who, at the time, was an aspiring (now successful) model to each of her photoshoots and did hours worth of work for free. I teamed up with photographers and began doing other models’ faces – actually for decent money. I researched cosmetology schools to go to, what type of makeup field to pursue (film and fashion are two VERY different things), and all the while I was focusing on how to better my craft.

See, I worked wholeheartedly on pursuing my passion, but something changed. I took a British Literature class and it sparked a new passion for me. I realized that I enjoyed reading poetry more than I enjoyed being a makeup artist. This didn’t happen overnight. As I read for the class, I realized how much poetry could influence my life; how it could help me make sense of things and find new ways to view life. I continued doing makeup for a while, but semesters after that class I was still going back to my textbook and finding new poems. I finally changed my major to English Literature, and as time went on, my interest in makeup artistry burnt out. I still enjoy doing it but I feel that now I’ve found something that makes life worth living. Maybe that sounds extreme, but it’s how I view great writing. Had I not taken the opportunity to learn more about this new interest, I wouldn’t have found my new passion. Likewise, had Steve Jobs not seen the opportunity to make money by selling Apple computers to everyday people, he would not have recognized his passion for being a technological innovator. Computers would have remained only an interest in his life, second to his passion of eastern mysticism. Jobs combined his former passion with his new interest, which shaped his inventive ideas and allowed his new interest to cultivate into a lifelong passion.
The point here is: You can have multiple passions throughout your life. Life isn’t black and white, it’s neutral warm, mauve, and brownish black. So do not allow your current passion to cloud your view of opportunity in new interests. Passion makes life worth living; do not hinder your opportunities to cultivate new passions.

xx
-C

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Hippie at Heart

In Thoughts on April 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I have been meditating and doing yoga much more lately to prepare my mind for my upcoming trips. Sunday I leave for Chicago with my mom and sister and two weeks after that I leave for Study Abroad with my best friend which will begin in Paris. I have so many emotions running through me lately: excitement, anticipation, terror, wonder- really everything you could imagine that could plague your brain before your first real out of the country experience. Also, I am absolutely terrified to fly over water, but with a little help from Ativan and a lot of help from meditation, I am feeling so ready to do this.

 

The more I think about the effects of prescription drugs lately, the more I realize I want to be, for lack of a better word, clean. My goal has been to focus on raw organic foods, and with that I think comes the insight into everything else you are putting your body through. I’ve been focusing on switching all of my beauty products and makeup over to good-for-you organic products alongside my vegan focus. That I plan to post about soon because you couldn’t imagine the things I’ve learned about organic beauty products in such a short amount of time- and the horrors of chemical “normal” products as well.

 

BUT back to what I was saying. I feel very centered when I do more yoga and more at peace with my present self (Cliché I know but SO TRUE). I noticed that I have more confidence lately and I truly believe it is because I have been trying to rid my life of toxins. The toxicity of fear, of temptation to overeat and eat poor foods, the toxicity of cynicism. When you try to really become “clean,” you work wonders for not just your body, but for your mind too.

 

I hope with the renewal of life this spring (you may take that in a nature sense or religious- it is indeed planned to cover both) you also find a rebirth in yourself. I hope you are able to capture the exquisite feeling of a new beginning, one in which you need not carry with you the burdens of your former pains. I hope you learn to find a way to get to a clearer thinking point, one in which you can legitimately enjoy and appreciate life in the present moment in all its abstract ways.

 

xx

-C