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PHOTO: ANNA VERLOT SHELTON

 

“The first key to reclaiming your creative abundance is to find your creative currency: the channel or flow that feeds your energy field. It could be exercise, gardening, cooking, dancing, journaling, fishing, playing a sport, or gathering with friends. It does not matter what it is, and you do not have to be able to make a living at it.
“Your creative currency is the thing or things that feed your soul and make you feel tangibly alive. It is the channel in which your life is meant to flow. Dwelling near it, you return to what is essential for you.
“In order to define your creative channel, think about what inspires you. And be creative with your thinking. For example, texture inspires me. When I go for a walk, I don’t just focus on my arrival at some destination; I look for texture: the shapes of layered leaves on the ground, the silver and brown of bark on the trees, and the way filtered light lifts and defines bare branches.
“My aesthetic is delighted by the deep orange of a rusted metal sculpture in one yard and the striated patterns of a bamboo fence in the other. Both the weathered grey sheen on concrete on the sidewalk and the layered clouds across the sky intrigue my senses.
“The opportunity to see, with an artist’s eye, the color and forms of the world around you can serve to inspire if you pay attention to what your senses respond to…”
“Nurturing the daily aesthetic of our inner creative nature is a way to engage with life…I make a practice of noticing and interacting with beauty in textural forms throughout each day. When we respond to the beauty around us, we weave this beauty into the fabric of living.”
~Tami Lynn Kent from her newly released book  Wild Creative: Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home, and Life
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