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Cherie Roe Dirksen : 3 Tips on Getting Back into the Artistic Arena

3 Motivating Tips on Getting Back into the Artistic Arena

By Cherie Roe Dirksen

I am back from my trip to Egypt and what an adventure it was!

Inspiration and Chaos

EgyptIt was a whirlwind of events, inspiration, emotion and culture shock but inevitably, on the plane home, I started processing my experiences and began to drift into the abyss of ‘what am I doing with my life?’.

You know the feeling, right? You go on holiday and then you have to come back home to the same old same old…

Not me! I made a firm decision not to climb back into my safety box — Oh no!

Time for Change

So what changed? 3 things spring to mind:

  1. More Risk — I decided I needed to take more risks. So what if I fail, at least I tried! This can be on the artistic front and dabbling more in multi-media projects; trying out new techniques and new marketing techniques. In fact, a few days before I left, a good friend of mine and NLP/Reiki coach, did some Reiki on me and said that when she approached my throat chakra, she sensed that I was not sticking my neck out enough. How right she was! The trip made me see even more clarity in that statement. Go full throttle or go hide under a rock! Instead of grabbing the bull by the horns, grab it by the balls…more risky but you will get an infinitely more intense reaction.
  2. Simplify — My day-to-day life and schedule was a bit ‘all over the place’. My big toe was in this venture and that. I needed to get real about my goals and to simplify my agenda. This took me one afternoon to sit down and write out my new set of goals and ambitions. Now I have a clear intention about where I am heading and it is much more flexible than my old agenda. I have a lot more free time to just be.
  3. Be Authentic — Find out what you are about. What sets you apart from others? What is your true passion? What can you do differently? How can you incorporate all your multi-faceted uniqueness into one ball of creativity? Brainstorm these questions and come up with your own set of rules for riding out the next wave of your life. Surf's up!

The last thing I’d like to add is — don’t sweat the small stuff. We often get so hung up on the finer details of life instead of looking at the bigger picture.

Everything will be alright if you are in your integrity and walking your path of power and purpose. Trust in that and enjoy your life to the fullest.

If you fall off the bike, dust yourself off and get back on again. Who’s looking anyway? You will be amazed at how other people don’t really care about your failures, it’s more about your damaged ego than their perception of you, so what have you got to lose?

Finally, what are you doing to increase your creative stamina and keep the flame alive? •

© 2012 Cherie Roe Dirksen. All rights reserved.

Cherie Roe Dirksen Cherie is a self-empowerment author and multi-media artist from Cape Town. More »