Saturday, August 23, 2008

Wild Woman of Queens: Notes on Urban Creativity from across the East River.

Wild Woman of Queens: Notes on Urban Creativity from across the East River.

Sandra Lee Schubert

Treasure Mapping Your Creativity

My friend Laurie Sue Brockway is a Creative Vagabond. Like me she has had many careers; from journalist,Interfaith minister and now a wonderful feng shui consultant. In between she married, given birth to a wonderful child and has a good partnership with her wonderful husband Vic. Laurie has been successful in all that she has done. Her skill as a creative being is demonstrated in her accomplishments and her ability to focus and organize her creativity for maximum results.

Unlike Laurie I have been more unfocused in my creative path, by just following my whims. After all isn't that what a creative person does? You follow your urges and see where they lead. I guess that will work if you are structured or have a plan. If making lists feels less then creative then try making a treasure map.

Create a visual image of what you want and where you would like to go/be/so.Create a treasure map(s) of your goals and dreams.

Write a little blurb about this treasure(s) include why it is special to you. Be as creative and large in creating your ideal treasure.

Now where do you mine for gold or find a hidden treasure? A good map is a great place to start.

~ Creating Your Treasure Map ~

Begin with yourself... draw your home. Is that you standing next to your house? Are you waving? Okay, that rest is up to you.

Use your imagination to create a map to your treasure. If your treasure is a dream or goal, draw the steps to reach that goal. For example, if you want to be a lawyer, draw the law school, the bank that gives you the loan... Draw your graduation... What does your office look like? Get the idea? You can use your entire wall to layout your map to your treasure.

Taking the time to structure your creative life will give you more flexibility to be wild and free when those whims strike and you feel the urge for some adventure.

Sandra Lee Schubert is a creative vagabond, a poet, writer and dabbler in the arts and online entrepreneur. She co-facilitates the Wild Angels Poets and Writers Group at the historic Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. She is also the creator of the e-course, Writing for Life: Creating a Story of Your Own. Visit her blog:
Email her or @writing4life via twitter.

1 comment:

Jan Tallent said...

Great article. I enjoy reading your tweets on twitter as well.

have a super day!

Jan :-)