A few months after my son was born, a friend of mine said:
I bet you’ll paint a lot as you heal from your birth experience.
I choked up a bit, because:
I didn’t feel one creative spark in me at all.
All I was feeling was the need for sleep and a bath.
We’ve all experienced this feeling. Life happens and swoops us into the routine. Our creative endeavors get put to another day.
The thing with motherhood, often, is that we give constantly to others. It’s what makes mothering so magnificent — our reserves seem endless in giving, giving, giving.
But then, something starts to feel off once the changes of life settle down. That could be 3 months postpartum, or for many, once our children leave the home.
What happens to our creativity as we mother?
First of all, I don’t think it vanishes. Like all energy, it transforms.
It becomes how we can read the same story 100 times and not completely lose it.
It’s the space we hold for our spouse as they find their path as a parent.
It’s the tears we let roll when our child closes the door and tells us to go away.
I’m in the midst of doing some research on our struggles with creativity. It’s been a big endeavor – from being a non-mom and thinking “oh, if we just align our thoughts, creativity will flow” to…well, being here. Curious, unsure, applying the cycles of life to creativity and
realizing that the way we create is as unique as our fingerprint.
I’m doing research on the struggles we experience with creativity. If you want to be part of this survey, I’ll send you a gift: a lesson from my Soul Cycle digital course.
You don’t have to be a mama to participate. You just need to have some type of relationship to creativity – whether it’s full blown career as a creative or seeking to rekindle a childhood desire.
Here’s the link to the survey. If you think anyone else would benefit from this study, please share along.
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