Ebbs & Flows of Creative Living

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Category: Insights & Discoveries / Photo Journey

Theme(s): Personal Journey, Professional Journey, Creative Inspiration, Self Care

Learning to accept the ebbs and flows of creativity, energy, motivation and all that juicy stuff is always a work in progress. The more I learn the more I get that it's a rabbit hole that just gets deeper and deeper. 

This is not just something with art. It's something that I have experienced as part of my human nature.  

 Listening to my own inner barometer is the only way that I can allow myself to rest, relax and than rejuvenate so that I am full inside to then create and give. My body needs rest and then will have waves and long stretches of productivity and creative energy.

The more I can accept this the less I "should" myself and shame myself! 

Yet it is hard to listen to what "I" need and let go of the voices that often tell me about what a productive day "should" look like. 

This week, I was able to embrace those voices, yet not listen to them, and head out to my home away from home, Asbury Park NJ. 

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Art is everywhere in this town and it's quickly become the Keep it Weird Corner of NJ. Look at those Roy G Bivs guys!

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As if the beach and the water isn't enough to feel inspired! I was able to find lot's of beautiful natural inspiration as well as creativity from Mother Earth & all the lovely artists that contribute to this thriving beach town. 

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Lingering springtime blossoms. I Love flowers and greenery mixed in with beach life! And I love even more that my mind and heart were clear enough to take in moments like this that day!

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A change of scenery, fresh air, a gorgeous view was exactly what I needed.  And while it seems quite simple, it has taken me a lot of time and work to get to a place where my mind was clear enough and my body felt safe enough to spend a day like this all for me. 

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My office for the day! Surrounded by some of my favorite things, including a matcha green tea latte! It wasn't on the menu but ask and you shall receive ;)

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I always wonder about the designer behind a space! Bohemian love all around!! 

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Luscious green!

Inspiration is everywhere. While my mind is critiquing that I should be doing more, that I'm behind, my energy field is absorbing plants, art, food, tastes and nature. I'm filling myself up so that I feel FULL. Energetically, emotionally, spiritually, physically....and with some darn good food as well!!

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Colors are imprinting themselves on my spirit and inner artist. 

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Patterns and textures are in every nook and cranny! 

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My spirit felt revived. While I haven't had the impulse to take out my paints over the past few days, taking photos, witnessing with my creative eye and inner artist, sampling delicious food & spaces, talking to local makers IS part of my creative journey. And I'm fortunate and grateful to have it also be a part of my business life!

One last thing... I like to ask the question does art imitate life or does life imitate art? Why? Because the way our minds work we see life as linear. Yet when I step back, whose to say what's the beginning and what's the end? You see what I mean is, as you continue down this post I have a collection of summer and beach inspired art and photos. All posted BEFORE I made it to the beach. 

So which comes first? The chicken or the egg? 

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I don't know the answer. But I do know we all live in a yellow submarine anyways so does it really matter? :P


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