A recovering workaholic and novice retiree, I’m trying to jumpstart more creativity in all I do. The idea of Artfuel came to me as a play on the term “Artful” which is already in use as a blog title on WP.
My creativity needs nourishment in the form of new ideas and resources – fuel – for imagining new art of my own making. And fuel for finding new ways to be more creative in cooking and home, in my connections with people I value, and in my reading and writing.
I am on a journey to reawaken some of the art making skills that I’d put aside years ago to follow business opportunities. I’ve been privileged to lead a trade association, become a magazine publisher and then a business writer, focusing on internal communications for a global creative technology company. All this work enabled me to become a passionate designer of projects and programs that enabled many people to excel. I don’t regret a moment of this gratifying career.
My last day of work was April 1, 2016, and I now I have the time to use my creativity in new ways. To seek creative fuel in new experiences, ideas, interactions and challenges.
Thanks to Julia Cameron’s book for “retirees and other creative souls,” I’m feeling more positive and focused than I did in the early weeks of not working. And I’m structuring my time to routinely seek new skills and resources. To push myself to do and be more.
Here I will share the art fuel I find, so feel free to gather any creative kindling you find here, too. I’d also love to hear about what motivates or feeds your creative life.