Creative Joy by Jennifer Louden

Creative Joy Art Studio

I just signed up recently for Jennifer Louden’s Newsletter.  One get’s a free download of her Guide “How to Follow Through on Your Creative Desires” when you sign up. It sounded intriguing so I signed up.

She also has a free download on her website titled Creative Joy Journal + Playbook. She says about it, “Write in, draw in, and dribble crumbs on, paint on, and cry tears over! Download for free at http://jenniferlouden.com/workshops-retreats/ (near the bottom of the page).

There are some questions in it that she asks you to answer. So I did. I share my answers to them below.

Creative Joy by Jennifer Louden – The Questions:

When you hear the words creative joy, what springs to mind? First thoughts best thoughts, all are welcome, forget censoring.

Creative joy is letting go. Letting the creativity flow. No Blocks. Flow flow flow. Be a conduit. Happiness. Create from the heart. From the soul. Play!

What did your creative joy look like this week?

Painting. Walking. Taking a hike. Face to the rain. Smile.

What do you wish it had looked like?

More time in the studio. More time painting. More uninterrupted time.

What are 5 moments of creative joy from any time in your life – yesterday to 4 years old? Let whatever comes to you be enough.

Painting in my New York Manhattan studio.

Painting on a Peggy Zehring retreat in the San Juan islands.

Writing a poem that seemed to flow through me with no effort.

Making a giant mobile.

Writing the Moonhead mama story – The adventures of Milo Moon.

What gets in the way of your creative joy?

Too much busy-ness.

What else?

Not following through on my plans/ideas/goals.

What else?

“Shoulds” and my inner critic.

What feeds your creative joy?

Uninterrupted time. Color. Play. Nature. Light. Music. No stress. Dance. Meditation. Yoga. Healthy food. Letting go and not caring what others think. Fun. Laughter. Writing. Intuition.

If your creative joy had a voice, what would it say about what it loves, needs, and hates?

Loves:

Be here now. Light. Space. Art and Music.

Needs:

Color! Time to create. Creative tools to work with.

Hates:

Hates it when I don’t spend time in the studio creating.

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And what if your creative joy had a voice? What would it say?

Be Here Now

Sometimes, when I’m waiting for something, I have to remind myself to “be here now”. To be mindful that the present is where it’s at.

It’s easy to put myself into a stressful mindset, thinking about the future and where I want to be. And sometimes I can’t help myself to look back on the past to see how far I’ve been.

It’s this tug of war of past and future and that is where the stress comes in. If I can just relax and be where I am. In this moment, where everything is just fine, all will be well.

In this case, Greg and I are waiting to move to Prescott. We’re in this transitional period and sometimes we get a little antsy and wish we were further along then we are.

We are waiting on a house we put an offer on in Prescott, AZ. It’s a short sale house and you know how long those take! We want to hurry the process along but we just have to wait. Although we’ve put a deadline on ourselves that we will move on Oct. 31st even if the house doesn’t go through yet.

But when I start stressing about this whole situation,  I have to stop myself from living in the future or the past and remember to “be here now”.

I was looking at a print of my painting titled “See How Far We’ve Come” and I’m sure it represents Greg and I looking back at the path we’ve travelled.

"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood
"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood

We have done a lot in the last 4 years. We’re coming up on our 4 year anniversary of when we met each other.

It is fun to look back on past adventures and go through our photo albums of some of our trips. The memories bring joy and remind me that we are moving forward in pursuit of our dreams.

Yet, truly, it is the present, that we are living. The now. I keep reminding myself to live in this moment. Be happy with where I am and grateful for everything in my life.

I don’t want to be distracted by fretting about the future. I don’t want to miss out on what is in front of me right now.

It’s about trusting in the present and believing that everything is happening for us exactly when it is meant to happen. Yay! I like that idea. It’s so much less stressful to think that way too.