Being creative is largely about being able to connect unrelated things, so building a library of experiences is a great way to become more creative. If you have more thoughts, feelings, adventures, and activities in your library, even if they're just pamphlet-sized, you can draw on them later to solve problems in new and interesting ways.
That's one reason why I decided to say yes when a friend asked me to participate in the Richmond edition of the Cotopaxi Questival, an adventure race where teams compete in a scavenger hunt in their state to document experiences and have fun. I only knew one person on my team when we started, but now I've made new friends. I've also, so far, tried new Indian food, watched the sun set and rise, used a flint and steel to... try to start a fire (my attempt was unsuccessful, but one of my teammates made fire!), kept that fire alive with sticks we gathered around our campsite, sung goofy songs, and had a lot of fun.
And that was only yesterday!
Even though it was cloudy, I watched the sun lighten the earth this morning and it got me excited for all the new adventures we'll have today all around our beautiful state of Virginia. And I'm hoping that it will help build my library even more so I can leave this experience with new things to draw upon for my art.
If you feel like you're not achieving what you want to do in life, go have an adventure! It might just be the boost you need to build a new connection and start an idea you couldn't have imagined before.
Go make a great day for yourself. I plan to. Onward!
I've been dancing around this for years, but I am finally at the point where I admit it: I like motivating people :)
I think this is pretty clear in the kinds of responses I give people who ask me questions, but it's more than that. When I start writing almost anything, I begin thinking about how I can mold it to inspire someone else, to help them learn something that gives them a boost toward their own dreams.
The problem is that I was never able to figure out a way to incorporate that into my brand. I'm an entrepreneur of art, so my main goal is to make art, and make money off that art. Inspiring people isn't opposed to that, but I'm not an inspirational speaker. That's not what I'm selling. Yet, the urge to motivate and encourage is constantly there.
I plan to incorporate this more naturally into my art in the future, but for now, what can I do?
I was fiddling around with my own personal goals this morning and came up with an acronym for myself - HEMS. It stands for: