You can reprogram your creative computer

If you’ve ever been told you’re not creative, this is for you. We’re going to talk about reprogramming the creative computer that is your brain. You can choose to read the article or you can jump to the video at the end and watch instead.

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Everyone is creative

Everyone is creative. This is a Truth, an absolute. As children, creativity was the light that shined out of us in everything we did. From the first finger paintings your parents hung on the fridge to the poem you wrote that received a gold star to your amazing rendition of a tree in the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

You were creatively unfettered, imaginative, intuitive, and playful.

And then you grew older

You grew older and a teacher or some other authority figure told you that you’d better find some other thing to get good at because you were no good at drawing or singing or writing or acting or whatever creative thing you loved to do.

And you believed that person

You internalized the message you weren’t creative. You felt shame and embarrassment because you imagined everyone had been laughing at you behind your back while you’d been doing the creative thing you loved. So you stopped doing that thing.

And began to tell yourself you weren’t creative

In the telling, you created programming in your brain that this was true, that you weren’t and aren’t creative. You developed a belief in this lack of creativity. This belief holds you back from trying new things, creative or other.

Because if you don’t believe something’s possible, like your ability to draw or sew or develop a training program for your staff, you’re not likely to try it. Even if you do give it a shot, it’ll be a half assed attempt and when the result isn’t great, your belief that you’re not creative will be reinforced.

It’s possible to reprogram your brain

One of the zillion amazingly cool things about being human is our ability to constantly learn. That’s what reprogramming the creative center that is your brain is about – learning.

It’s about making the decision to ignore the belief that you’re not creative so you can take the opportunity to learn how to do something new. By ignoring the programming planted there by a long ago authority figure and reinforced by your own actions as you moved into adulthood, you can begin to dismantle the “truth” of the programming.

Options for Reprogramming

You have several options for reprogramming so you can learn how creative you truly are.

  • You can challenge this programming by asking yourself, “How true do I really believe it is that I’m not creative?”. Sometimes, this simple question is all that’s needed to break your tie to the belief that you’re not creative.
  • If asking the simple question above doesn’t break the tie, then look for proof of its truth (or lack of proof). Keep digging at the proof you find until you get past the circumstantial to the root.
  • Just begin to do something creative. Start singing. Start drawing. Start sewing. Start putting that training program together. Choose one thing that feels creative to you and just start. And then keep going. Even if the drawing sucks or the seams don’t align, if your voice hits the wrong notes or your staff has more questions after training then they did before. Begin, and keep going, because the more you do the creative thing you’ve chosen, the better you’ll become, with gives you evidence that you ARE creative after all.
  • Decide to accept you may not be creative with the thing that authority figure told you that you were no good at, and choose to do some other creative thing instead. The reality is you may really have a shitty singing voice (I know I do) but you could be an absolutely brilliant set designer. When you shift your focus from the creative thing you may not have the talent or skill to do to something else, you modify the belief in your creativity so it better serves you.
In closing…

Everyone is creative. Then we grow older and others tell us we’re not and we believe them. We suppress the imaginative, intuitive, playful part of ourselves in response to someone else’s opinion out of shame and embarrassment.

Then we take that opinion from the other person and make it our own personal opinion about ourselves, reinforcing the programming that we’re not creative.

But it is possible to reprogram your brain so you can see how creative you really are. Using one or more of the options shared above, you can take the first steps towards reprogramming the creative center that is your brain, reconnecting yourself to your innate creativity.

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P.S. If you could use help to reprogram your brain so you can reconnect to your innate creativity, get in touch and we’ll set up time to talk about what I call The Hilary Method, my process to help you become more creative, more productive, and more proactive.

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(Feeling) Grief

When I began creating my Feelings series, I always knew I would need to make Grief.  Not necessarily because I would be feeling grief but rather, because it’s an emotion we all experience at some point.  It’s a feeling of raw pain and anguish in the early days, weeks, and months of a loss, eventually edging back into the corners of the heart, yet occasionally rising in waves of sadness at unexpected moments even years later.

Grief drowns us.  It swallows us down and we let it.  We fight our way to the surface to bargain with our Divinity before sinking again into despair, hiding ourselves away, hoping if we hide long enough, it won’t be true.  Eventually, we float, accepting the truth but still never knowing when another wave will come along and swamp us with our loss.

When I opened my design journal to the next doodle for my series, I knew it was time.  This is Grief, as I imagine it would look if feelings had color and shape and texture.

If you are grieving, this piece is for you.  You are seen and you are loved and the one you’ve lost is always with you.

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Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Grief (link to poem)

Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
Grief – Concept doodle
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500
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Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Next up: I’m taking a short hiatus from creating any new work — big changes underway in our household (all good!!).  Once things have settled back down, I’ll be back in late April or early May to continue work on my Feelings series.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, helping stressed, frantic, frazzled professionals shift from crisis mode to working in harmony so they can learn how to become the leaders they were born to be.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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(Feeling) Dynamic

2019 has been an exciting year, one filled with change and personal growth and adventures, so it seems fitting my final piece for the year is (Feeling) Dynamic.

To feel dynamic means to feel highly energized, productive, influential, and powerful.  It means you put yourself out there to play big, using your charisma to motivate and inspire others.  Let’s make 2020 a dynamic year!

How dynamic are you?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Dynamic (link to poem)

Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500
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Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500

Next up: I will continue to work on my Feelings series into 2020.  There are so many feelings to be created out of fiber!

Side note: I fulfilled my goal of six textured fiber paintings for the year.  Yay me!


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professionals and the companies who employ them learn how to slow down and speak up, acquiring the skills to lead instead of follow, so everyone can feel like they’ve got their shit together.  I lead them from crisis mode to working in harmony so they can become the leaders they know it’s possible to be.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

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(Feeling) Perplexed

Full reveal of my 5th piece for the year!  (Feeling) Perplexed is complete.

When we feel perplexed, it can feel like the world is a puzzle, one where we’re presented with questions and moral quandaries that promote reflection.  Sometimes, like a Zen koan, we may never truly find the answer we seek to end our perplexion, yet we continue to move forward.

What has left you feeling perplexed lately?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Perplexed (link to poem)

Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Next up: Work continues on my Feelings series.  I am currently working on my last piece for the year, back in the positive feeling spectrum.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Performance Mindset Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professionals slow down and reconnect to their intuition so they can get their shit together.  I’ve walked the road my clients are on.  My method to slow down was through development of a creative practice, which helped me regain my voice and led me to want to serve others in the same way.  If you’re interested in developing (or expanding on) a creative practice as a means to reconnect to your intuition, lose your stress, and improve your professional performance, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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(Feeling) Hopeful

Hope is a valuable commodity, in my opinion.  Without it, we often can’t or don’t make our dreams come true.

Action is necessary; dreams don’t come true through hope alone.  However, without hope, we are much more likely to give up when the work is hard.

How do you keep hope alive when you’re working towards your vision?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Hopeful (link to poem)

Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
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Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Next up: Work continues on my Feelings series.  As I do, I’ll create my next textured fiber painting based on one of the painful feelings.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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