Overcoming My First Creative Block

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, but it’s okay – I’m still here, in Melbourne, working hard!

I start training for the Melbourne International Arts Festival tomorrow and I am so excited! Not only will I be working in the arts on one of Melbourne’s biggest festivals, but the roster will also give me time to work on my own art and really get stuck into my training.

The next 6 weeks are going to be amazing!

So a bit of background on where I have been the past few weeks.

I have been doing temp work with the most supportive team of people at Adairs in customer service, and just finished up with them on Friday. I’m going to miss them all, however along with the job came a 2 and a half hour commute each way, every day, which meant I had no spare time to keep up my creative outlets.

Having an income was great, but that’s not why I came to Melbourne, and it really opened my eyes to just how important this career ambition is to me.

In amongst the working and commuting – it was my birthday! And what an amazing weekend that was! My dear friend David flew down from Brisbane and we adventured around Melbourne as much as we could fit in to 40 hours. The highlight was definitely Kryal CastleWHERE IT SNOWED!!! Just magical! (see proof below)

Seriously, what a way to celebrate!

David flew home on the Sunday, and my family and I went to the most gorgeous place for high tea, Mámor Chocolates.

Such a stunning venue, and the food was just to die for! It’s now my favourite place for high tea and I will definitely be back.

Also, another birthday surprise was seeing my lovely friend (and babysitter from when I was little) Shannon! Best birthday ever!

So I was having fun, earning money… but where was the performer? Time was rushing by me and I was training less and less. My creativity had a big fat wall in front of it and it was stifling.

As always, I like to keep a positive mindset, and once I journaled out all of my frustration, I started to focus on what I could do.

- I could listen to musicals on the train to and from work every day.

- I could spend most of my weekend at dance classes, or practising my singing.

- I could talk to people about what I love. Get creative discussions going.

Once I started putting those things into practise, doors began to open once again.

I can’t say too much just yet, but I can tell you that the power of a positive mindset is an incredible thing. Also, if there’s no work – make your own! I’m now working on two, potentially three self-devised works that may or may not be showcased/remounted in the next 6 – 7 months, and I feel so inspired!

Some of these projects were seeds planted long ago, that I'm only now getting the confidence to harvest, thanks to encouragement and discussion from some of my closest friends and family. Others are brand new ideas that haven't been explored yet. All of them mean I get to sing some of my favourite songs and practise the thing I love doing the most!

And that’s all I’m going to say about that… for now!

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