As a nurse I know very well what my day to day would consist of. Medical charts, patient care, delegating tasks, assisting my colleagues in procedures and lots of continuous education. It was pretty routine and for years, living it without exploring my creative side.
The side that was always there, long before I became a nurse. I can remember when I was a kid and playing in my mother’s closet and walking in her way-too-big-for-me heels.
I was a lover of fabric and draping; sketching designs on scratch paper in middle school.
As I got older I found myself daydreaming during work about clothes. I would style looks in my head to events that I would never attend.
I had all of “this” in me but no creative outlet to channel it. I didn’t think I was a creative. After all my job requires me to wear ceil blue scrubs for 12 hours 3 nights a week. I was paid to be a critical thinker not a creative one.
I had this idea of what a creative person looks like.
They were laidback and wore bohemian style pieces, with gold embellishment in their hair. They listened to everything on vinyl and performed Spoken Word at open mic nights. They painted. They wrote poetry and played the guitar. They could braid hair and pick up a hobby and perfect it with little time or effort. And they definitely lived in NYC or LA.
That was what a creative person was to me. It wasn’t till I began to validate my talents before I could explore what creativity looked like on me. Why can’t I be me and be a creative person? I don’t need to fit into a mold to justify the title. I create therefore I’m a creative.
No, I didn’t dress like a bohemian free-spirit. I’m horrible at Spoken Word and only played the clarinet up till the 8th grade. Oh and did I mention I’m in the south, Jacksonville, FL to be exact.
I realized it didn’t matter what I looked liked or where I lived — that didn’t determine whether I was creative. What mattered was allowing myself to explore the creativity within me and discovering what I can share with the world and walk in that truth. And if I’m going to be walking in this truth I might as well be wearing some amazing slouchy boots from Banana Republic. These are going to be on continuous rotation this season.
It so happened to be through blogging that I began exploring the extent of my creativity.
I learned more about myself, my personal style, my body and my truth. It might seem trivial or mundane to find such self discovery simply through a fashion blog but it has been an inspiring exploration and continuous reminder of how powerful and creative we are if allow ourselves just to explore a little more.
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