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Fueling the Blaze of Creativity

Fueling the Blaze of Creativiity: A weekly digest of what gets designer Maya Ahluwalia’s juices flowing

The Weekly Edit

Maya Ahluwalia

Creativity and anxiety are often sparring partners in the life of an artist, each dueling it out to dominate. This week’s edit tackles the doubt by replacing it with a lot of schooling and a little bit of laughter.

Admittedly, I knew very little about Nina Simone until stumbling upon an NPR interview with filmmaker Liz Garbus. Garbus, the force behind the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, chronicles the conflicting struggles of the prolific artist, from the powerhouse icon at center of the civil rights movement to a lonely life in France. Insight into the journey of an artist fascinates me, which is why this documentary is at the top of my queue.

The most challenging part of translating your creative vision into a lucrative career is the immobilizing fear that goes with it. Stress and uncertainty are often what lead to the downfall of an artist. Rather than let the typical routes of fear, oppression or avoidance, take over, embrace it as an inevitability. Identify the fear, accept it, and move on!

When working for yourself, it is easy to be crippled by your never-ending to-do list. When I need a mid-day brain break and much needed laugh, I pop over to my favorite Instagram account, Texts from your Ex. Each text bubble drips with sarcasm, loathing and humor in just a few sentences and a well-placed emoji.

It is summer, finally, yay!! And as summer is my absolute favorite season, all I can think about is laying in the sun, cocktail in hand. The reality, unfortunately, is that there is a business to run and sales to hustle for. To prevent me from filling my afternoons with just Coronas and Texts from your Ex, the experts at Flourish & Thrive Academy are keeping me on task with these tips.

The amount of talent in the world is astounding. While it can be intimidating at times, it is mostly just awe-inspiring. Racked’s latest group of newbie designers could make me want to just curl up on my couch with some ice cream and re-runs of Gossip Girl because I will never get where they are. Instead, however, I’m putting the spoon down, turning off Netflix and heading straight to Google to study how exactly they got to where they are today.