Painful Setback? 3 Ways Adversity Fuels Creativity

Painful Setback? 3 Ways Adversity Fuels Creativity

Adversity hurts. It’s easy to talk about fighting for our dreams when everything is going well. But when the pain of a real set-back smacks us hard in the face, we wonder if we’re really cut out for this. I recently experienced a painful setback when I was a top candidate for a job I really wanted, but didn’t get. It was a Friday, and I was on my way to St. Louis for a quick weekend getaway with my husband. I was told...

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There are Monsters In This World: A Poem About Fear, Self-Doubt, and Choosing Life Over Suicide

There are Monsters In This World: A Poem About Fear, Self-Doubt, and Choosing Life Over Suicide

This poem is a guest post by Kansas-City based writer and poet Jeremy Jackson. Jeremy is in the process of building his website, so if you would like to hear more of his writing please engage with the comments on this post, and we hope he will continue to write content here at The Restless Creative! There are Monsters In This World A Poem by By Jeremy Jackson There are monsters in this world, some are big and some are small; but those that are...

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Creativity Flows When You Stop Trying to Prove Yourself

Creativity Flows When You Stop Trying to Prove Yourself

The ego can really get you moving sometimes. Bless it’s heart. Today I found out a fellow writer got a job I’ve always dreamed of having, working with one of my personal heroes. We started writing around the same time, so naturally I immediately felt inadequate. I also felt a strange energy churning within me: urgency. I abandoned all of the important items on my to-do list in favor of one goal: hurry up and be a successful writer....

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The Stories We Tell About Ourselves: Let Them Go, Watch Them Burn

The Stories We Tell About Ourselves: Let Them Go, Watch Them Burn

Oh, the stories we tell ourselves about our lives…about who we are. Our precious little narratives that we carry around like small dogs in purses. We love to hold them, coddle them. Then they turn around and bite us. Little bastards. I’m the type of person who is acutely self-aware most of the time, but now and then I get smacked in the face with a truth so apparent, i’m completely shocked I didn’t see it before now. I...

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Want to Live The Creative Life? You Must Ask Yourself This Vital Question.

Want to Live The Creative Life? You Must Ask Yourself This Vital Question.

Yesterday, I asked myself what might be the most important question of my career. Not just my career up until now, but my entire career, for the rest of my life. The question all creatives must ask themselves, if they intend to make a living from their art. Do I really want this?   Yes, I really want to connect with and help people through my writing, and get paid for it. Yes, I want to feel fulfilled in the work that I do. But that...

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How to Deal With Perfectionism Paralysis

How to Deal With Perfectionism Paralysis

I feel heavy today. Slow, and sluggish. Like my feet are getting sucked into some dark, sticky muck and it takes a full-bodied effort just to walk. Self-doubt is weighing on me, like those lead vests they lay over you in the dentist’s office–you know, when they x-ray your teeth? Do they still do that? (I haven’t been to the dentist in a while.) I finally heard back from the job I wanted so badly–I didn’t get it....

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