A place to be free.

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Last weekend I spruced up my “office” at home. More than ever, I want it to be a place that inspires and frees me to create stuff. I don’t know what stuff, exactly, but I know I need to give my creativity room to breathe. For at least ten years, I’ve tried to limit it and label it and stuff it in a box, and whenever it escaped, I told it that it wasn’t good enough and imprisoned it again.

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But now I’m beginning to learn the art of not caring. I’m trying to remember what it was like when I was a kid, before my inner critic woke up. I drew things and made things, and most of all, I wrote with abandon, because it made me happy. There was no pressure to produce something that pleased everyone else.

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So I’m going to start spending more time in my office, with my art supplies and scrapbook paper and inspiration book, and hopefully writing too, just for the joy of creating something. I don’t know much about what I “should” be doing with my new life, but I do know that I need to take advantage of the quiet, because one way or another, it won’t last forever. So I’m opening the gate and setting myself free. We’ll see what develops.

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I first read this quote back in May:

It’s all been said better before. If I thought I had to say it better than anybody else, I’d never start. Better or worse is immaterial. The thing is that it has to be said; by me; ontologically. We each have to say it, to say it our own way. Not of our own will, but as it comes out through us. Good or bad, great or little; that isn’t what human creation is about. It is that we have to try; to put it down in pigment, or words, or musical notations, or we die.
– Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet

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7 Responses to A place to be free.

  1. Danielle says:

    It looks so lovely, B! If my office looked that nice, I’d be in there all the time, too. :) Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Jessica says:

    You have a pretty office! I want one! You totally deserve it, though, with how neatly you keep it.

    And so true–definitely write and create for the sake of helping yourself! It doesn’t have to meet other people’s needs to be a good thing. My sister recently encouraged me in this exact area.

  3. bluiis says:

    I love your office! I’m glad you’re letting yourself be free to be creative, and that you have a place to do it in. That quote is so true.

  4. Marie says:

    I LOVE the jars full of pens!

  5. It looks so good in there! I still need to come over and see your awesome new couches and pet the kitties :)

  6. Brenda says:

    Thanks everyone! Caroline, yes you need to come over. You know you’re welcome anytime. :)

  7. Maria says:

    It looks lovely! And yay! I see you have the Yada-Yada series (yes, I shamelessly browse titles even on PICTURES of book shelves ;) )

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