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How to live a more creative life


People ask me what it actually means to live a creative life. It’s kind of ambiguous really but I’ll give you my take on it and tell you why I feel that it’s so important.

I believe that we’re now living in exciting and changing times where regardless of what you do, living more creatively is becoming more accessible to everyone.

So, what exactly is a creative life?

To be overly prescriptive about this would be missing the point but here’s what it means to me.

A creative life is one where you’re not locked in. You’ll have at least some choice about what you do and how you do it. If you’re ‘working for the man’, you choose the kind of man who believes in a truly democratic and innovative way of doing business.

It’s the kind of life where you connect with something bigger than you. This is different for everyone but it might include exploring traditional creative pursuits, having a spiritual focus or adopting an open-minded, open-hearted way of living.

A creative life is one where you’re awake – truly aware of what’s going on around you. Consciously making choices, really connecting with the people in your life and examining your own motives, thoughts and actions.

It’s a life where you’re curious, seeking, exploring. Where you know that to be truly alive means challenging yourself, learning and growing.

Why is it so important?

Because without these elements, your energy wanes and you go from one day to the next without feeling truly engaged with life.

And how do you do it?

You begin by making a choice. You recognise the apathy, the anger or the resentment within you and you harness that energy to do something different.

You stop making excuses and blaming other people for the lack of colour in your life and you start by making a commitment to doing at least one thing differently this week.

You release yourself from the need to be perfect or even good at the creative thing that is calling you and you give it a try. Just to prove that you can and to learn about the powerful difference it will make in your life.

You have a truthful conversation with the person you love so you connect from a place of genuine authenticity.

You learn to be less judgmental (of yourself and of others) and you recognise that in fact, we’re all just doing the best that we can.

You give yourself permission to acknowledge your natural gifts and you promise yourself that you’ll find a way to use those gifts every day.

You find a way to leave your mark, to make a difference, to give your life meaning, purpose and you make yourself a promise that you’ll actually do that thing as tiny as it might be.

It’s important. Even critical. So what will you do?

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I'm Kate James and the owner of Total Balance. I work with people who care about living purposeful, creative lives. My clients want to clarify their personal values, identify their strengths and learn about how they can make a difference in the world in their own unique way.

I run workshops and retreats in Melbourne, Bali and Byron Bay to give you the chance to escape the noise of everyday to discover what really matters to you.