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What I've learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic

  1. Arrogant belonging: declare that you ARE, claim your place in the world.
  2. Liberate yourself from the desire to necessarily help others/be of service through your creativity; just make stuff for its own sake, for your own sake.
  3. If you love something, persevere.
  4. If you love something, believe it loves you back.
  5. Regain your curiosity, cultivate your inquisitiveness.
  6. Follow each clue, no matter how mundane. Chase every reference. Explore every spark of interest, no matter how fleeting it might be.
  7. (Your) Art matters and simultaneously it doesn't matter at all.
  8. State it out loud: I am an artist/writer/poet/creator.
  9. Rejection is not a valid reason to quit, neither is the lack of audience.
  10. Inspiration and ideas seek you to manifest them. Show it you are ready and capable of doing that.
  11. Be ready, show up, do.
  12. Make commitment to the doing, not to the outcome.

As artists, we all need some support and reassurance when we feel our creative muse is slightly less present. Here is an often updated collection of notes-to-self, ideas and suggestions how to appease our creative anxieties so that we can keep doing what we love.

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