Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared. I have been busy with packing, searching for an abode in the new enchanted forest and having a gigantic moving sale. But as I grow busier with this move, I have to be extra careful not to neglect my writing and storytelling. Are you able to be creative every single day of the year?

I write and tell stories every day regardless of the season, my mood or my workload. I write when friends and family visit the enchanted forest, when I’m on holiday and even when I’m dealing with life’s problems. Not only does writing and storytelling keep me grounded and balanced, but it also keeps creativity and magic flowing through and around me.

How do I continue to write tales and spin stories whilst preparing to move 3,030 miles away? I ground myself with what I call “creative constants.”

I keep some “creative constants” in my back pocket at all times. It’s best not to use a human being for this since humans have fluctuating moods and behaviors. Some good examples of creative constants are enchanting places you like to visit regardless of the weather, designated art or writing areas, a special set of markers or books, magical snacks…(you get the picture). The point is to be prepared when life happens because life situations will block your creative work if you let themHere are three of my constants:

1.) The sky.

I can stare up into the sky from any location and I literally feel my ideas awaken and come to life. There have been a few rare occasions when I could not see the sky, so I simply closed my eyes and imagined it. 

2.) Walking and breathing.

Walking just 5 minutes and inhaling fresh air wakes up the mind and the body. Fresh air is a guaranteed “happlifier” and creativity awakener. The great thing about walking and breathing is that you can do it anywhere and at any time.

3.) My magical notebook and my jar of enchanted candy beans.

I can sit down anywhere, open my sky blue notebook and feel inspired. If the ideas are slow, I open up my glass jar (commonly referred to as the “Yum Yum Jar” around the writing shed) and I eat three enchanted candy beans. I imagine the beans have magical powers such as granting wishes or giving me amazing new ideas. It works every single time.

Whether it’s your work schedule, special situations or just your busy life, you can always make the time to be creative. Try letting some creative constants help you stay focused!

Be magical and creative each and every day! Xx

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9 Responses to Keeping creative whilst life happens

  1. Tera says:

    I miss you! Hope the move goes well. I just so needed to read this post. It is so simple and still so easy to forget sometimes. You know, I can get easily driven away by the live everydayness… Reading this made me calm down.
    Happy travels, happy settling. Can’t wait to hear about the new places, new adventures, new house and new forests.
    take care x

    • emmy says:

      I miss you more T! Stay safe in London and please start planning a visit to the NEW enchanted forest! Let’s get together soon via skype! Xx

  2. Lois M. says:

    I completely agree with Tera. I tend to make excuses for myself, but you are right, Emmy. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Karen Hancer says:

    You are magic. Thank you for this posting.

  4. Thanks, Emmy, for this magical reminder! Here’s the the great “happlifier” that is a walking in fresh air!

  5. Pat says:

    I love this post! You are an inspiration to my own downsizing from a 3000+ sq. ft. home to a 900 sq. ft. apartment… I will visit you often for encouraging words.

    • emmy says:

      Hehe, I learned how to make small homes feel magical in our 200 square foot flat in London! Hope you have lots of fun with your new space! Xx

  6. Lynda Shoup says:

    I love this post! I have been thinking this summer about what I call the 3 minute writer’s retreat. It has helped me to recast my ideas about what constitutes enough time. You have given me (it feels like you wrote it just for me) new perspective. Thank you so much!

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