8 Lessons I Learned from Building with Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 1 Believe in Your Magic Words
1. If your creative voice isn’t strong, and your inner critic is out of control, find and fill yourself with other courageous voices, and trust that you will learn by example.
My experiment almost failed before it started. I almost gave up on the first day because the doubts and fears were too big. And then I pulled a creative courage quote. That’s what I named the quotes by different people on the subject of creativity that a friend had filled a mason jar with and gifted to me.
As I was sitting there on day one staring at my bricks and thinking there’s no way I can do this experiment, the idea came to me to pull a creative courage quote. I closed my eyes, stuck my hand in the jar, and I drew a quote by artist and coach Gwen Fox that read, "When you awaken your inner giant you will find a passion that fear can't touch." It was literally like I was filled with inspiration from those powerful words.
We are being filled all the time, by what we tell ourselves, and by other’s words or by how we see them living. I wouldn’t have even been sitting scared out of my mind in front of that pile of bricks if it hadn’t been for seeing and hearing the example of so many brave and courageous souls living out their most authentic and creative lives. They literally gave me creative courage.
And so, while my self-talk was still in boot-camp and rehab, I feasted on the words of others, and hoped and prayed eventually I would believe in my crazy creativity experiment, and more importantly, in myself.
The story of why I played with bricks for a year
I can blame my husband, it was his fault as HE wanted to see The LEGO Movie. I put it off but he promised me it was getting really good reviews and I went begrudgely. Who knew I would love it. But I love stories, and they told a good one that my recovering perfectionistic-self resonated with and wanted everyone to experience.
It was also around that time that I listened to a podcast episode by Note To Self that had research on how free play with LEGO can increase creativity! So the idea came to make an online course teaching tenants of wholeheartedenss and creativity by building with LEGO bricks thanks to those sources of inspiration, and yet, I had never actually played with LEGO bricks.
With Elizabeth Gilbert whispering in my ear that if I didn’t take action my Big Magic idea would leave me, it hit me, that I could experiment on myself by making it a year-long project. During the year I could also build my course.
So I trusted this crazy idea and my foundation of personal practices and two 100
days gongs, and on January 1, 2016, I began my year of building a creation out of LEGO bricks every day and posting a picture to my Instagram account.
You wouldn’t think the same year that I founded a new business as an entrepreneur would be right time to do that but turns out it was because creating a business and a life you love are both creative processes.
The lessons I learned were unbelievable and I could not have predicted the journey I ended up taking and I invite you to experience the top eight lessons I learned in the UnBLOCKing Your Creative Magic E-Course!
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