Creativity is a wonderful journey, but even the most passionate creatives like me, a seasoned macrame artist and creativity mentor, encounter moments of feeling stuck, uninspired, or blocked. My extensive experience in awakening creativity through macrame, gained from many years of mastering this mindful art and teaching it to countless women across the globe, attests to the fact that creative roadblocks are a universal part of the process.
I know firsthand that it’s during these challenging times that a few words of wisdom can work wonders.
Positive quotes, which I often emphasize in my newsletters, creativity courses, and workshops, possess the incredible power to awaken and reignite your creative spark, offer fresh perspectives, and motivate you to keep pushing forward on your creative path. As I guide my students through the intricacies of macrame, I also share these inspirational quotes, encouraging them to look beyond moments of creative stuckness. I believe that creativity is not just about mastering a craft but also about nurturing the spirit and embracing the ebb and flow of inspiration.
So, let’s embark on a journey to explore ten such quotes, backed by my personal experience, that can serve as your guiding light in moments of creative challenges.
1. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
This is one of my favourite quotes! Einstein reminds us that creativity isn’t about overthinking; it’s about embracing the joy of the process. When you’re stuck, take a step back and remember the sheer pleasure of creating.
2. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
Self-doubt can be a creativity killer and Sylvia Plath’s words are a reminder for us all to silence our inner critic. Trust in your abilities and ideas.
3. “If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Don’t be fooled by the idea that creativity is a rare or exclusive talent. Creativity is an inherent quality present in every individual simply by virtue of being alive. In other words, Elizabeth Gilbert emphasizes that creativity is a fundamental part of the human experience, accessible to all, and not limited to a select few. Must love her!
4. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is the perfect quote for those of you starting out and a reminder to always stay curious even if you are a seasoned artist. Emerson’s wisdom reminds us that nobody starts as a master. Embrace your beginner’s mind, and don’t fear making mistakes.
5. “You don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross
It’s always about the process never the goal in your pursuit of creativity or artistry. Bob Ross’s gentle reminder is a soothing balm for those with perfectionism tendencies out there. Your ‘mistakes’ can lead to unexpected and beautiful outcomes.
6. “Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” – Julia Cameron
This is about the idea that the essence of creativity lies in the unknown and the unexpected. Julia Cameron suggests that the creative process thrives on embracing uncertainty (scary, I know!) and being open to the surprises that arise, emphasizing that these elements are central to the magic of creative expression.
7. “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
This quote it’s about the awareness that creativity often involves stepping into the unknown. So, as per Matisse’s advice, be bold and willing to explore new territories!
8. “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Is your inner child artist craving your attention? With this quote, Uchtdorf’s insight reminds us that the urge to create is an intrinsic part of being human. Embrace it, for it connects you to your deepest self.
9. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Creativity doesn’t know your age! C.S. Lewis’s words inspire us to keep dreaming and setting new creative goals, regardless of age or experience.
10. “Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” – James Russell Lowell
Creativity is about transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. It’s not just about discovery but what you do with that discovery and Lowell’s quote reinforces just that idea!
Final words from your favourite creativity mentor Isabella Strambio
When creative block sets in, it can be challenging to reignite your passion and push through obstacles. Fortunately, positive quotes can serve as creative companions to help you overcome these struggles. These quotes can inspire you to overcome any obstacle and navigate the winding path of creativity with renewed enthusiasm. Remember, creativity is a journey, and every step, even the slower and stuck ones, contributes to your growth as an artist.
So, take a deep breath and read through some of your favourite quotes that resonate with you. Pin them up on your board, share them on your social media, set them as your phone screensaver or desktop wallpaper, or even write them on sticky notes to keep you motivated throughout the day. Let the words of wisdom from artists, writers, and creative thinkers inspire you to push through your creative block, awaken your creativity, and unleash your full potential.
Remember that the process of creating is just as important as the end result, and mostly, the journey is where the real magic happens. So, keep moving forward, stay inspired, and most importantly, have fun along the way.
Let me end with one final quote by the incredible Elizabeth Gilbert from The Big Magic.
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
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