by Annie 

September 16, 2020

creative expression

What comes to mind when you think of someone who’s “creative”? I grew up thinking of a person painting, writing, or making music. I never found myself in that group, so I didn’t really explore my creativity! All of my art projects were terrible so I decided that I wasn’t a creative person. 

Over the years, and most recently when I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, I’ve come to think about creativity differently. We humans create things all the time! Whether it’s whipping up a dinner for your family or dreaming up your next vacation, you’re creating. 

You are creating your life with every single choice you make and action you take. You set things in motion, whether you’re aware of it or not. You have the ability to put something out into the world that wasn’t there before. That’s fucking magic, my friend!

Reflecting on Creativity

new perspective

I’m not sure what happened during my week alone in the woods, but since I’ve been back, there’s been a lot shifting inside and out. It’s been a great time for reflection, looking back on the journey of the last year, 5 years, 15 years, and how it’s all been part of creating where I am right now. 

As my work has shifted into helping women bring their ideas and businesses to life, I’ve been thinking more about my own creative process that got me to where I am now. Of course there were plenty of things I didn’t have control over along the way, but I tried to make the most out of what I had the opportunity to shape. 

At the time, I didn’t think of it as creating. I simply knew where I wanted to be and kept taking steps to get me closer. Throughout that journey, I created businesses, jobs, systems, ways of being, and new ideas! You don’t reach your goals or solve problems without getting creative!

Bringing Dreams to Life

dreaming out loud

In 2008 I took my first trip overseas. Within the first few moments (I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true) I knew that I wanted to make this my life. I had no idea how I was going to do that, but I wanted it so badly that I was willing to do whatever was necessary. I didn’t have a plan or strategy, just a desire to live that dream.  

It didn’t happen overnight. It took ten years, but I did it. That decade would have passed no matter what I was doing, so why not spend it trying to make the life I really wanted? Every career decision, business started, and plane ticket purchased was always an attempt to bring that dream to life. In 2018 I finally did it. Even if I’d had more time and money to travel that year, I don’t know that I would have. 

Dream = Reality! Nailed it.

Putting the Pieces Together

creativity unleashed

It took me a while to realize I’d finally done it! I reached the place I’d been looking forward to for so long! Many people questioned my choices and probably my sanity, but I knew what I was working toward. It didn’t matter if anyone else believed in my dream because I couldn’t get it out of my head. 

All along I knew my travels weren’t just for me, that they were meant to be shared somehow. I still don’t know what that somehow is, but until I do, I’ll take all the lessons I learned along the way and do my best to bring more dreams to life, mine and others. 

Truthfully, it took a while to process that I’d actually created the life I set out to all those years ago. Sometimes it was totally on purpose and other times it was by default. There was something inside me so focused on this goal that it always nudged me in the right direction. Thanks, intuition. <3

The end result didn’t look anything like I thought it would when the dream started, but what it looks like doesn’t matter so much to me. I just wanted to explore the world to my heart’s content. How it happened wasn’t the important part, the living of it was all that mattered to me.

There’s this amazing thing that happens once you’ve brought a dream to life; you can’t help but ask yourself, “What else is possible?”

Your dreams are worth fighting for. They’ve been given to you for a reason! Life wants to create something beautiful with you! It’s time to say “yes”.

Use Your Voice

What is a dream you’ve made come true? It doesn’t matter how big or small, it’s worth celebrating! Join the conversation over in our free online community and share your story. 

About the author 

Annie

Change Maker. Bold Explorer. Big Dreamer.

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