Inspiration and Self-Talk...
I give talks on increasing one's creativity.
One of the biggest factors (in my opinion) of being creative is self-talk.
Do we choose to listen to our internal censor, the one who harps at us, "you are no good, you can't draw, this is crap and you wasted fabric on it, no one will read/buy/like what you're making, etc" Or....
Do we find a way to keep that shrew busy so she leaves us in peace to actually enjoy making something? (Without worry about the outcome)
This weekend I led a workshop. We discussed creativity, played creativity games and gave free reign to imagination. What a good time!
Later that weekend I attended another workshop on use of EQ7 led by a tech-savvy person. Now, planning is not in my wheelhouse. I don't often plan quilts as it takes the joy out for me. I did want to see how the other half lives, and see if there was some part of that process I could use.
Bravely, I faced the speaker who had brought my nemesis to the party...A computer. Plus software.
I already felt out of place, out of my element, out of air. (cue scary music)
As she began, moving and clicking and speaking a language I don't understand, I looked around the room. Surreptitiously I made note of all the heads nodding. Uh Oh! Heads nodding when answers were given.
I nod slightly, just to fit in.
Tentatively I raise my hand to ask naively "Mary, what are you doing?" Graciously she answers. I nod.
It became apparent, I am not a participant, I am an observer.
"Relax" I say to myself.
Out loud I mumble to the woman sitting to my left, " I am a techno-idiot and need a book, "EQ7-for-dummies-who-can't-understand-EQ7-For Dummies"
She relpies kindly, humorously,
"First we'll work on your self esteem self-talk"
HA! Hahahaha! Good. Now I can relate to something and laugh. I find my way to a mental safe spot.
Golly, I didn't realize my inner critic had joined us... she needed to go sit in the back and just get out of my way while I learn something new.
She's a sneaky one...
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