The concept of the long game is sticking with it. It’s also about recognizing that you are on your unique journey. No two people have the same path. With all creative endeavors, you have the chance to show up your way, in your style.
Today we’re talking with Lizzie LaRock and we’re discussing the power of creativity. She’s the creator of The Life Feast, a one-of-a-kind program she calls a movement and a mission.
Lizzie shares how she came up with the name “Life Feast”. She explains how this phrase came to her during a particularly difficult time in her own life. We are meant to have lives of joy after all! It’s not just about working and paying bills.
How can we use creativity to live a bigger life?
One way Lizzie made space for more in life was to sign up for piano lessons; something she’d always wanted to do. She had this realization when one of her daughters wanted to stop her lessons. She realized she was sad about it because she’d always wanted to learn to play.
How can we switch from consuming to creating?
There’s nothing wrong with streaming your favorite shows or checking out Tik Tok videos. Lizzie and I talk about how we focus on creating more often and use consuming content for fun and sometimes for inspiration.
Creativity is a state, not a trait. It’s a muscle that we all have and can build upon.
Lizzie shares why using her iPhone is what works best for her when she’s creating. It’s a great reminder to use what we have and take 15 minutes to take photos when you’re inspired.
To spark creativity Lizzie shares prompts to help people see their world from a new perspective. Here are a few examples:
I love that these prompts can be integrated into part of your day. It’s not about setting aside an hour with a planned agenda. It’s about noticing what’s right in front of you and seeing it in a new way.
Lizzie explains that she encourages a growth mindset. No one was born with a great eye, knowing exactly how to create the perfect photo. Embracing your view, your imperfections, and your perspective is what makes you interesting. It is what makes your creativity unique to you.
Think play, curiosity, and a sense of wonder. It’s something any of us can do as we begin to create. It allows all of us to be in flow leaving stress and perfection behind.
Lizzie also brings science. She teaches mindfulness based on the rigorously researched, evidence-based, scientific study of positive psychology.
She calls her course a “gateway” drug. Many of her members move into other types of creative practices like painting, writing, acting, etc. It’s a way to open up your creativity and your curiosity.
We need 3 positives for every negative in our day.
We are hard-wired to recall the negative things in life for survival purposes. Creative work helps us embrace and hold onto the positive. She explains the practice of savoring and shares several great examples that anyone can do.