Follow your Creative “Must”

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Creative epiphany while reading "Crossroads of should and must"
There are things you have to do and things you should do. Sometimes I follow what I want to do. It’s never a mistake for my happiness to start the day by painting. It doesn’t have to be for very long, but it feels good and sets a great tone for the day. I have flexibility in my schedule and after I get the “have to’s” out of the way:

  • kids off to school
  • time sensitive work completed

I sometimes follow what I feel like doing:

  • painting
  • sketching
  • designing a print pattern
  • writing about creativity

These creative avenues bring me joy. If I don’t do them I literally get cranky. We have to give priority to these “wants” because there will always be “should’s” that come before them. In her book “The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion,” Author Elle Luna sums it up perfectly. A “must” is
“something that we feel compelled to do regardless of fame or fortune; the work is the reward.”

Learn more about “The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion” here.

What are your creative musts? What are you called to do?

 

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

14 thoughts on “Follow your Creative “Must”

  1. I’m glad to read your post, because I was just talking to my psychiatrist yesterday about how necessary it is to have a creative pastime. Writing, crocheting, and especially drawing are very important for me, because they help reduce my anxiety and depression. I have trouble giving priority to my creative musts, but I realized that in order to feel better, I really have no choice but to make time for them. So thanks for writing about that very thing!

  2. The book sounds intriguing – I’ll have to check it out! Yes, I must create something every day, whether it be a painting, food, a straightened closet, etc. I know exactly what you mean!! Glad you are spending some time at various beaches, and I am enjoying seeing all your photos 🙂

  3. I follow your method, art everyday is a must! By the way, I love your newsletter. Thanks for taking the time to compile all of the interestng articles.

  4. Doing art, 6 days out of 7 is a “must” for me….especially painting, at the moment. Carving out a regular chunk for it, in my day, has really helped me to show up and get lots of work done. It’s not 100% foolproof, I still have ups and downs, but, overall, as the months go by, I realize it IS a big improvement on my previous 1hr here and there all over the place. I found that, giving myself permission to do it first thing in the morning, before all the mundane and everyday kind of stuff and whilst my kids (who homeschool and take 2 hrs of cyberschool virtual class in the mornings) are occupied has really helped me to get in the zone, get focused and centered and yes, I am REALLY cranky, if I don’t get to have my art time on a day I was planning to do it, Eileen! Thanks for a thought provoking post 🙂

  5. Eileen, you wrote down everything that I must do to keep me sane. The only difference is, I procrastinate a lot of. I’m easily distracted, and I want instant gratifications. I know I’ll get there, but your post is inspiring. Thank you!

    • Xou Le, I am also easily distracted by new ideas. I write a lot of the things I want to accomplish down to remind me of what I want to do. Before I started this blog and focused on creativity, I had abandoned projects all over the place. I began forcing myself to work through the hard parts and finish things. Eventually finishing became so satisfying that it was rare that I didn’t finish. I’m glad you found the post inspiring 😀

  6. Yes I agree, I try to do something each day, writing, painting , sketching. It just makes me happy I suppose!

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