Growing up, I was always writing stories, performing in funny videos with friends, and hosting events. Even in university I abandoned anything "practical" and studied creative writing. It was great. But after university, "practicality" started eating my brain.
Hypnotized by society's rules, I didn't think fiction or performance could be a career. I abandoned Inner Art and joined an advertising firm. Ugh. I spent many years trying to find satisfaction by switching jobs, getting an MBA, working in purpose-driven business, and even building my own business and working for myself as a coach. I love coaching. I have success and professional freedom, but I was still feeling like something very important was missing from my life.
Then, 15 years after university, in my mid 30s, I did an exercise that I give my clients called Your Proud History. I realized that one of my proudest moments of my life had to do with me being on stage. I was shocked. All this work, and what my heart wanted had been there a long time ago. So I signed up for a comedy improv course, still feeling kind of silly to pursue this. Old habits die hard. But in that very first class, I suddenly woke up. It was like an entire, sleeping part of my being was suddenly alive. Soon, "by coincidence," I was invited into a comedy group called Script for Brains. Now I perform twice a month and host our shows. I love it. Just from this activity my excitement and fulfillment took a jump. It's so fun. It has also made me a better coach!
Now I'm exploring the other long lost piece of my Inner Artist, fiction writing, and I'll be sharing all the bumps and bruises for your enjoyment in our Peaceful Creativity Community. We can have a great time with this Inner Artist thing together.