Ever been stuck on something? You know the answer is there, it’s on the tip of your tongue, but your brain just isn’t synapsing the way you want…
It’s like your imagination isn’t firing on all cylinders.
As a creative person, this can be maddening (and if you have creative kids, it’s even more so because they don’t know how to cope or troubleshoot).
When I started this business, I wanted to create the dream work environment that I believed was out there in the corporate world. Art school instilled beliefs in me about the real world that ended up being far from true. I had this ideal scenario in my mind that I couldn’t seem to find inside a job.
Deadlines and lack of staff squashed the freedom to brainstorm and create how I needed.
Being tied to a desk and “company culture” meant I could never escape to get clarity or inspiration.
I had to crank out forced design work in a stagnant cubicle for 16 years.
As a result, you can imagine how quickly I hit burnout (less than 6 years in) but had to keep going to pay the bills.
And so many creatives have to do this on a daily basis. They’re miserable.
So, when your creative kid comes home from school with an attitude, single-word answers, or a note from the teacher about behavior issues in class, can you even blame him?
The school system isn’t designed for creatives.
I started dreaming of what I wanted my ideal ‘career’ to look like. Because if you’re going to run a creative business, you have to make it conducive to your own needs.
Every creative needs this. You have to allow your own CREATIVITY to dictate your time and actions.
Not a clock.
Not rigid rules.
We aren’t built to flourish in that environment.
Deadlines and routine still exist, but what would happen if you were able to open up your imagination faster so the best ideas could come freely?
How you spend your time matters.
How you feed your brain matters.
Buckling down and “getting it done” leaves you depleted and uninspired.
Which is exactly why your kid isn’t excited to go to school.
Here’s how you can help:
Get of the routine.
Get off the couch, close the books (I realize it’s summer, but how many of you have a mandated summer reading list?), kill the assignment for the day and go SEEK OUT inspiration.
Physically change your geography.
This opens up your brain. Disconnects you. Gives your mind a break so it can function better and think more clearly.
If you’re not doing this, you’re running on empty.
Which is why inspiration doesn’t come.
And you feel frustrated, burnt out, and like you’d rather be doing ANYthing else than what’s in front of you.
You can’t force out creativity when you’re depleted.
You can’t wait for it to show up on its own.
You must seek the muse.
Stop trying so hard.
Get by the water.
Go for ice cream, a bike ride.
Refill yourself in some capacity.
….And revisit the project later with fresh focus.
This is one of the best tricks for creative kids that get stuck in their talents, trying to get them to flow and be a better artist.
It’s easy to get sucked into perfection and the trying. You drain yourself. And then you think you don’t like being an artist anymore.
Speaking from experience.
There’s 2 kinds of creative kids:
The ones that struggle in school their entire lives and never quite find their place.
The ones that excel in academics anyway but are never happy about it.
Both types of creatives spend their lives wondering what’s wrong with them because we live in a world that wants us to fit inside a predetermined templated sequence of steps to life.
For the kids that have this passion and artistic talent (that is clearly a huge part of who they are) and don’t thrive in that stagnant classroom environment, I created something for you.
INTRODUCING – ART CAMP 2019
This 6-week online experience is designed to foster and encourage the creative child into a life of who they truly are meant to be.
Your child gets six weeks of themed art activities, projects and skill instruction to hone their craft and get better at what they love to do.
You learn how to find and direct lucrative career paths within the artistic sphere that interest your budding creative child.
Everyone gains health benefits (memory, problem solving, communication, stress-relief, and more) for generations to come.
The material is available to you with lifetime access.
Being an artist IS a viable option for your child as a career, which flies in the face of everything society tells you. “The Starving Artist” is actually a myth, which means your child is free to be herself and school performance becomes less of a stress on you and your family.
There is no better time in the history of the world right now for your child (and you, quite honestly) to seize the chance at doing EXACTLY what he wants to do and capitalize on his natural-born gifts.
The result is happier, more fulfilled, and therefore more successful humans in the world.
Bye bye anxiety, depression, heart disease, and a number of other maladies we inflict on ourselves by not listening to what we really want.
There’s not a thing wrong with your kid.
They just need the right environment to shine.
Art Camp starts July 8th.
I have 10 spots open, but they’re filling up fast.
Check out more details here —> http://erinkmonaghan.com/artcamp2019
And if you have questions, reach out 🙂