I’ve had a fascination with the creatives for a long time. Back in my university days (in, dare I say it, the early-mid 90’s), it led to me studying art history for six years. The fascination has never ceased, particularly as I have traversed my own path as a designer.

In particular, I have been fascinated in finding some kind of common thread amongst the ‘great’ artists, some secret that they were all onto that the rest of us could perhaps learn from. And there was one thing that became abundantly clear to me the more that investigated incredible creatives, the ones that really stood outside the square and did something truly inspiring and original. THEY WERE TRULY AND UNABASHEDLY THEMSELVES. In their art, certainly, and often in their life in general too.

Lately I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Over summer I took some time off. I was feeling burned out and lacklustre, an all too common trait in my creative cycles that I’d really like to change, or at least reduce. I also realised that I was going down a road in the creation of my new business enterprise that was leading me down paths that didn’t really feel right and that needed tweaking. Having already created one business that went against the grain, this was not something I wanted to repeat.

Those who know me, know that I am all about following my intuition, so I really wanted to take time out just to listen for what was right for me, and what tweaking needed to happen to set me back on a track that is more holistic.

And what my intuition told me was this: BE COMPLETELY AND UNABASHEDLY YOURSELF! Fancy that, the very thing that I have been saying to others about creatives for nearly 20 years!

But what does this mean exactly? Well, to me it means, operating from an intuitive space more often. It is putting the whole of me out there just the way I am and speaking my truth. It is also, conversely, knowing when to withdraw and not be putting the whole of me out there, and knowing that that too is ok, that it is just a unique cycle of me.

It is allowing myself to make art again, no matter how bad I might think it to be, if not just for the exercise of allowing a space for my intuition and instinct to have pure expression. It is approaching this art as a meditative practice. It is only writing when I really have something to say. It is only blog posting when I really have something to say. And if Facebook feels like it is sucking out my soul- well, I’m just going to give it a break.

It is to be completely honest with my creative conversation community about what experiences I am having on this journey because, frankly, we are all in this crazy ride together and it’s important to acknowledge that it is messy, exhilarating, confronting, magical and an extraordinary tool to learn about self.

It means having truly honest conversations with my compatriots in creativity, and not saying bullshit like ‘this is how it’s done’. Its done however you want to do it, however you feel moved to do it. And that’s how all the great artists have done it.