How do you fuel/nourish your creative self?
I rest a lot. I tend to take a nap everyday, and regularly have whole days in bed. I have slowly been moving to the type of working that lends itself well to being done in bed (or anywhere really!).
Recently I've been noticing that my life tends to be made up of "doing" and "resting" without much in between. There doesn't seem to be much time/energy left for fun, so I'm trying to prioritise that. I'm making lists of things I love to do and making sure I do some of them! I'm hoping that having more fun might provide some creative fuel, but even if it doesn't I'm sure I'll be smiling more!
In what ways do you think your creative work affects your mood and general wellbeing?
Becoming ill and having to give up work was a wake up call for me, a loud shout saying that my life wasn't heading in the right direction. Having to reassess just about everything gave me the chance to start on a much more rewarding path. Drawing and writing my blog, sharing my journey to finding more sustainable ways of working has definitely made me a healthier and happier person. I've still got a long way to go (my revelation that I'm still not making much time for fun in my life is just another example that I still have a lot to learn!) but I am getting there.
What creative tool or tip has proved invaluable in your creative life?
My kitchen timer! On bad days I can set my timer for twenty minutes and draw or write until it rings and I feel like I've accomplished something. On days when I'm distracted twenty minutes on my timer keep me focused on my Important Work. I wrote my new ebook, Sustainable Creativity in twenty minute chunks of time with the help of my timer.