Building a Creative Space

Home is where your stuff is.”

-my friend Laura

 

As a millennial, I have “moved house” 19 times. I’ve attended nine different schools and traveled to 13 different countries. Half my life was spent in the United States, the other in Finland. I lived and worked in Hawai’i and south of London for 3 months each, sleeping in a tropical loft of a computer room and in a carvery B&B with my friend Elina. It’s very easy for me to pack a bag and head to nowhere in particular, but there’s usually a very good reason. I follow my intuition.

In my most recent online workshop, we brainstormed with the group and one guy decided he was going to work on his creative space. This term is very familiar to me, because I used to follow an online forum on LiveJournal.com called “Creative Spaces.” For years, ever since I lived on my own after high school, I perused internet photographs of peoples’ homes. Then, I’d create drawings of my “ideal room.” Years later, I’m still excited when my mom and dad (who are separated) DM a photo to my cellphone of how their living room or bedrooms are decorated, on the same day, mind you. However, I’ve expanded from room goals to house plans because our current spaces are overflowing with creative projects and work supplies. The whole process of getting to where I am now unfolded naturally, because God gives everyone what they need and only gives us what we want when we are grateful for what we already have.

When it comes to self-expression, doing what you love and serving the world with original ideas manifested into physical form from your soul, requires space. A lot of the time, we may feel we have to compromise in order to fulfill our dreams. From 2013-2014 I didn’t even have my own cubicle. To make ends meet and live with my dream guy, I had to bunk with roommates and work out of the patio, bedroom and/or kitchen of the rental homes we were in. More often than I liked, someone’d be walking around talking, knocking at the door or arguing with their spouse. Surely I did the same things, but for the sake of this article look at the situation from my perspective.

(Left-to-Right) my first apartment in Kotka, Finland; my college dorm in Korpilahti, Finland; my studio while attending University in Joensuu, Finland; and my office in Sedona, USA

Teaching classes, making videos, creating artistic goods and writing books can certainly be done from the beach, but to live like a cyber nomad means you have roots somewhere. As early as the 1800s, wealthy young men in Europe were encouraged by “society” to travel the globe during their college years to “find themselves.” In the 1940s to 1960s, beatniks had the means to hop trains, trip in Morocco for inspiration and do makeup for hours on end because America was at war (so the economy went up) and the Middle Class banked. Writers and artists like Hunter S. Thompson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Edie Sedgwick, Jack Kerouac and Paul Bowles wrote/documented/acted out of hotel rooms, big city apartments and fine art studios. Similarly, today’s travelers often come from comfortable family backgrounds, have trust funds or laboring lovers. The difference now, is people are spending less, laws are more strict and the Pluto in Scorpio generation live with their parental units.

The point of all of this is to remind the reader to never give up. Also, remember to accept help when it’s offered. Do not let your pride prevent you from missing an incredible opportunity to expand your starseeded mission. Moving along in our “life purpose” is hugely important to so many these days because people no longer plan on working at the mom-and-pop shop after school, they want to see the world and make a difference in it. It takes a grounded method, consistent work and dreams to follow through with this vision. Your creative space is where you document your ideas, whether that is a notebook, laptop, car or warehouse. The system you choose will require maintenance, flexibility, visual planning and inner motivation. If you lack the energy to move, hate on others, hide your strengths or think talent gets handed to you, don’t expect the world to respond. Keep your feet on the ground and honor your ancestors who blessed you.

When pioneering anything, remember you share energy with people in your immediate environment. For a few months, I lived with a very loving Mexican family in 2013. Although I had to speak only in Spanish and bunk with four kids, I felt safe. Having lived with a family for weeks in Murcia, Spain, while in high school, I was preparada! Today, I have so much respect for others’ culture and stories. (You can read more in my latest book, Starseed Survival.) Every new situation helps us to remain humble yet self-valuing, focused but flex.

Whether you have money or not, feel alone or overwhelmed, you’ll get there. Start setting up shop in a tiny corner, buy secondhand items and carry buckets of water up a hill while your freedom is priceless.

Here’s a list of items from the photographs above that helped me feel cozy while I learned about my true musical tastes, fashion sense and spirituality:

  1. Asian-style paper lamps (from Ikea) and faery lights
  2. Red, orange and yellow colors (hand-sewn pillow cases and fabrics gifted/borrowed from friends or grandparents)
  3. Green plants (to see my plant-visualization board click here)
  4. Post-cards and ideas taped to the wall
  5. Stuffed animals for my inner child
  6. Affordable furniture
  7. Finnish design
  8. Wood and bamboo accents
  9. Small desk lamps for working at night
  10. Unicorn oracle cards

My clients now “show up” on social media after tuning into Spirit. They rolled out the yoga mat, invested in a camera and got over the naysayers. Two women flip their garage homes. Three men are fleeing their religious parents’ homes so that tarot cards, channeling extraterrestrials and going to festivals are a non-issue. Highly paid government officials are now forming conscious meetup groups, having children after multiple tries and coming out of the closet online. Those already “in their purpose” are finding greater inner strength to keep their online radios going, say no to arranged marriages and yes to true love whilst doing sex-work! All of these lightworkers take risks, put one foot out the door and keep the other in Wonderland. They are filled with courage, bright personalities, kindness and trust.

All in all, your creative space is inside of you, first. Then, it begins to materialize on the Earth plane. Don’t buy a tennis court and a swimming pool because the yacht club members do it. Do not assume that wanting to fill your house with crystals and rainbows is ostracizing. Your style is your own and may not “fit in”, but not fitting in will bring you peace, abundance and an extremely satisfying sense of self.

Enjoy the Path, it’s been set up just for you like the yellow brick road. You’ll be helped, you’ll get up and it’s going to be the ride of your life.