I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend about living a life on purpose. Te conversation stuck with me and prompted me to think - what is my purpose, not just as an Artist, but in all areas of my life? What is my why? As Creatives, I think it's a question that we should take the time to sit with and contemplate on a regular basis.
So what is purpose? The dictionary defines it as the reason for which something exists, or is done. Living with purpose moves you towards your desired result, end or goal. If you haven't asked yourself what your purpose is as an Artist, I encourage you to gain clarity around what it is.
Take the time to sit quietly and contemplate: What is my purpose as an Artist? When you're ready, take a pen and paper (or your journal/notebook, if you already write as part of your creative practice) and write your unique answer(s) to this question. There is no right or wrong way to do this - you could write 1 page or 10 pages. Try to write as feely and 'stream of consciously' as possible. Don't judge your thoughts, just write them down as they come.
Focus on asking yourself: Who you are. What you're doing, and Why you're doing it?
There is something very powerful about transferring the thoughts in your head through a pen and onto paper. Writing with intention is an excellent way to gain clarity around this question. To get clear on your purpose. To move you towards what you want.
When you are clear on your purpose, you will also gain clarity on who your are and what you want. Your creativity is unique to you, and is the truest expression of who you are. And the more you know who you truly are, the more your life and your creativity will flow. The more you will live and Curate a Life that is a Work of Art.
Journalling is an excellent tool to incorporate into your daily routine as a Creative. It's something I look forward to doing every morning as part of my daily routine. It can be done anytime and anywhere. If you're interested in learning more about the benefits , I highly recommend doing some reading about the amazing Julia Cameron, and her concept of Morning Pages
Do you have a journaling/writing practice that's part of your creative routine? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.