Monday, 25 March 2019

*To thine own self be true - discovering your creative self with Viking

how to discover your creative self

Sometimes we all get a little lost. We get wrapped up in what everyone else is thinking, saying, doing, the places they’re going, that we forget what it is that we want and instead, we do the things that others want. How do you hit the reset button and get back to your own, true self?

Sometimes, the things that we want won’t be the things that others want, and when that difference becomes apparant, sometimes people will get upset. As hard as it is to see those closest to us hurt, we’re not doing right by them or ourselves just going along with what everybody else wants. It’s not always easy to stick to your guns and do things your way (as long as it’s not flat out hurting anyone) but we have to protect who we are, and live a life we love, not the life others want for us. With National Poetry week just behind us, this is a great time to use words and creativity to express our true self. I teamed up with Viking this past poetry week to see how words, expression and creativity could help us overcome obstacles and problems and to express our true, inner self. 

how to discover your creative self

Get creative with your journey

For me, nothing helps me find myself more than through creativity. Collaging is something I’ve done since I was a kid, but isn’t something I always make time for as an adult these days. I used to spend hours as a kid with my Crayola safety scissors and the latest Index or Grattan catalogue, cutting out clothes, decor and accessories that sparked pure joy within me. Damn, how I wish I still had some of those old collages! There’s something about just aimlessly flipping through magazines and seeing what images or words jump out at you.

I decided to pull out the not-so-safety scissors and glue stick one chilled afternoon at home and see what direction the collage took me in. The self that I am growing into is focused on 3 things right now; creativity, mindfulness and memories. As I was clipping from a few magazines things that summed these 3 thing up, I remembered I had some old photo prints from my last trip to Walt Disney World rolling around my desk drawer. So I grabbed a couple of those too and got cutting and pasting.

What I found I was drawn to was things that represented what I feel like I am made from. Things that bring me joy. Things that ground me and make me me. It’s so important to remember to take a step back and remind yourself sometimes what it is that makes you you in order to figure out where you want to go next. 

I swear, the best way to find your self is to let your inner child take control. 

how to discover your creative self

The inner child and the self

Remember when we were kids? And we would just play in worlds of our own creation for hours upon end? We’d be an astronaut, a nurse, a teacher and an explorer all before lunch. Before bed we would drift off dreaming of far off lands and the space amongst the stars. 

As a child we loved to play. To roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty - or at least I did! I was always happiest when I was creating. Be it cutting and collaging or colouring and playing make-believe. Our inner child knows our true self with no holds barred

FFS saloca, this sounds like a bunch of millennial mumbo jumbo

What I’m trying to say, is try spending some time now, exactly like you did back then. Remember what gave you pure joy as a kid, it might not have been colouring, it might have been bike riding or rock climbing, collecting seashells on the beach or making a daisy chain in the garden. Let your inner child out to play for a while and see how much more like yourself you start to feel.

how to discover your creative self

Write it out

If nothing else, put pen to paper or fingers to keys and write it out. Back in my university days, we used to spend the first 20 minutes of a session free writing. I still have some of these, most of which start with ‘I have no idea what I’m supposed to be writing but everyone else's pen is moving across the page so I feel like mine should be too…’ but somehow, somewhere in the mindless word dumping, something would start to appear on the page. Sometimes it would be part of a story or a poem, sometimes it would be something much more personal. Whatever it is that is stopping you from being yourself, start there, write that down, then see where the pen takes you. It might not be obvious at first, but try this exercise.

For a week, write the problem (if you can pin point it) at the top of the page. Then, free write for 5 - 20 minutes. You might address the issues, you might not, but don’t read back over what you’ve read. Just write.

Do this every night for a week, same question, same time frame, same rule, do not read back over what you have written. 

how to discover your creative self

At the end of the week, find some quiet time and go over the weeks worth of free writing, start highlighting any repetitions you find. Any similar themes or ideas, Highlight them. Chances are, the answer to your problem is trying to get out, and it will repeat itself across the pages, shouting like a neon sign to be noticed. We all have the answers to any and all problems and road blocks inside us, we just need to give them an exit route!

To thine own self be true

Until next time, 


  1. I love this. I also adore what you have created. Fab. xx

  2. I do need to start getting back to my creative self. I like to think of blogging as creative but I think it's become very process/automated for me lately!

    Corinne x