HOW I WENT FROM PARALYZING PERFECTIONISM TO ARTISTIC FREEDOM:
Hi, I'm Katie.
My art isn't good enough. It looks like crap. Ugh, she makes it look easy. I ruined everything. I can't get loose. This isn't right. These lines are crooked. Why do I even try. I can't do this!
These nasty thoughts crossed my mind every time I opened my sketchbook.
When I realized I was holding myself back from something that I knew would give me joy, stress relief, and confidence...
My therapist recommended that I pick up Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" for creative healing.
This book opened my eyes to the complexities of perfectionism and how it held me back not only creatively but in life.
Through the morning pages and artist dates in the book, I inadvertently embarked on my journey towards healing through intuitive, meditative, and mindful art, long before I even understood the concept of unblocking my creativity.
This turning point honestly happened right after I hit rock bottom. And I hit rock bottom because I was always striving for perfection and pushing myself to the brink.
I learned that self-criticism and an unrelenting pursuit of flawlessness can have a reaaaalllyyy heavy toll on the mind, body, and spirit.
My art practice helps me work through all of these thoughts and feelings.
I am profoundly grateful for the transformation that art has brought into my life. It has not only been a source of healing, but also a gateway to embracing imperfection, mindfulness, self-confidence, along with a heightened sense of presence.
Art serves as my reminder to pause in a way that feels safe, fun, and rewarding.
Now, I am on a mission to share this same opportunity to you, my fellow recovering perfectionists and high achievers!
If you find yourself trapped in the whirlwind of a busy day-to-day... with a lot of negative self-talk, perfectionism, and all-or-nothing thinking, especially when it comes to your art...
I want to guide you in rediscovering your creative side and teach you the art of unwinding, relaxation, and stress relief through artistic expression, without the overthinking, overwhelm, and analysis paralysis.
Imagine what life will be like when YOU CAN EXPRESS YOURSELF without questioning every. single. little. thing?!