Living the Creative Life

Disclaimer: You’re probably gonna see lots of quotes here. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I love ‘em. Quotes often express what I’m thinking or feeling in a much more eloquent fashion than I ever could, so there’s that. Plus, as a former journalism major, I think I just greatly appreciate the power of words to inspire. So just be prepared for a lot of them (thank you Pinterest for putting so many good ones in one place). Now back to regularly scheduled programming:)

"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong."

- Charles Eames

Creativity is a gift. I truly believe that. But there’s a lot of self-doubt that comes along with identifying yourself as a creative (or at least it seems that way for me). I believe creatives are often really hard on themselves in a way that other people aren’t. I think it comes down to the fact that what you’re creating and putting out there (open to the criticism of others) is so personal to you....They’re your thoughts, your ideas, your designs, and most importantly your heart. It’s like putting your very self in some other form, whether it be a piece of artwork, a book or manuscript, a clothing or jewelry design, a photograph or even a blog post. It’s you, raw and exposed. And it’s scary. 

There’s a process that I go through when I’m brainstorming and creating (and I think you other creative minds out there will relate) so when I saw this (yes on Pinterest), I had to laugh because it’s just so true:

The Creative Process:

  1. This is awesome.
  2. This is tricky.
  3. This is crap.
  4. I am crap.
  5. This might be okay.
  6. This is awesome.

This is how I often think....Anyone with me?? That’s why I have embraced a second quote (the one you see up top) as another of my personal mantras: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. So beautiful and so true, right? As a person who tends to second guess the majority of what I do and create, this quote has really encouraged and inspired me. It’s helped me realize that in order for my creativity to thrive, I have to stay true to myself and my personal aesthetic when designing and, just as importantly, I need to be willing to take creative risks with the understanding that some will pay off and some likely won’t. But most important of all, I need to have fun in the process. Creativity is a beautiful thing and a gift that I am so grateful to possess, and I don’t want to waste it. I want to enjoy the process with all it’s ups and downs, take risks, try my best not to compare myself to others and enjoy seeing something beautiful develop from the seed of an idea to a finished product. 

And when it comes to peach & pepper, I am so fortunate to be able to collaborate with other amazing creative minds like Jessica who takes all of my ideas, designs and rough drawings (and the many, many yards of fabric I pick out) and patterns and sews such high-quality finished goods (that I’m absolutely proud to call p&p), and Noah who captures such gorgeous photos for me to use on my site and social media accounts, and Shaleen who takes those photos and my written copy and makes my website look so pretty (just to name a few). And of course, I’m so incredibly thankful for amazing and creative friends who listen to my ideas, offer input and encourage me to no end. (Ok, I’m getting a little choked up now... Feeling really blessed and grateful.)

Bottom line: To truly harness and make the most of our creativity (in whatever form it takes), we’ve got to stop worrying so much about being wrong and try instead to better trust our instincts. Not saying we’re never gonna fail or that we won’t have at least a few ideas that just don’t pan out, but that’s what makes the creative process so exciting! It’s the unknown....think roller-coaster (a little scary but a lot of fun). So what I'm really saying is let’s all stop second-guessing and keep on creating.... Because what if some of our best ideas are yet to come?

Here’s wishing you all an amazing and inspired week!

XO,

Allison

PS. For the record, I wrote this as much for me as anyone else because I really needed the reminder too:)