Last weekend, we attended a fun workshop on building our own terrariums.
I grow to love Sydney more and more each day – we are so grateful to live in a city filled with so many wonderful opportunities to expand and grow creatively!
A creative project I have this year is to make our house a home — and a mini project within that consists of learning more about gardening and adding more greenery to our little nest here in Sydney! This workshop was such a good fit, especially since succulents are very hardy and good for beginners… I’ve never thought of myself as someone with green thumb (quite the opposite, actually) so this is one of those ‘I’m committed to learning how to be good at this’ projects.
I loved learning more about succulents, potting and growing, and the conditions that help them thrive! It’s always so fun to develop a completely new skill in something that is not related to work, too. Something that is, just for fun and creative fulfilment!
(Can I tell you a secret? I used to have a silly voice that said ‘Unless you’ve got real talent or can be one of the best at this, it’s not worth trying.’ Well, no more. Today I truly believe that the little nudges we get, the passion/interest we feel in something — means that it’s worth exploring and diving deep with. For example: Gardening. Even if, say, you’ve killed cacti before. ;)
This workshop also helped me realise a few things on CREATION…
Lessons on Creation from A Terrarium Workshop
One of the first steps in building our terrarium was visualising the end result: what we desired our terrariums to look like … which would then allow us to determine how much soil, moss, stones, pebbles, sand and decorative objects to put in. Knowing the vision of what we desire to create also allows us to follow our own guidance with confidence and strong knowing that we are on the right track!
Knowing your vision also requires us to TRUST in our vision (so we aren’t easily swayed into changing our vision every time we see someone else’s vision or creation)! Which brings me to…
2. When creating, stay 100% on your own path.
At the decorative stage, it’s easy to look at other people’s creations (terrariums) and feel a little nervous. He’s gone for a desert-like terrarium with sand (so cool!); she’s decorated hers with all different colours of pebbles (love the variety!); and so on. It’s easy to start looking outside for external validation and approval that we are on the right track. Yet, it can also be destructive to our own creations — especially if we put others’ opinions above our own!
When we are creating anything in our lives, it’s paramount that we know ourselves first and hold ourselves in high regard — before inviting others’ critiques and opinions to influence our own. Stay fully on your own path, because only you know what you truly desire to create. Then, go create that.
I’m a minimalist — and my artistic expressions often show that. To be honest, I really envy those who create complex artistic expressions (and love admiring these art pieces) — but I also know it isn’t the way I create. I went for an all white terrarium, and while I loved admiring other styles of terrariums — I feel 100% aligned to what I chose to create!
When you know yourself and create in alignment with THAT, you love what you create. And the icing of loving what you create is not feeling the need to have other people’s praises or approvals!
3. Celebrate uniqueness.
Building on the point above, I loved watching how everyone’s terrariums and creations turned out so unique! It’s why I do what I do in coaching my 1:1 clients — creating businesses and lives that are so uniquely aligned to each and every client’s full authentic expression. I loved seeing this in this workshop too. We all started with the same materials, and we all ended up with totally different creations.
Here’s to celebrating uniqueness — seeing the beauty in everyone’s creations without discounting our own. When we celebrate uniqueness and honour everyone’s creations (including our own), we can allow different beliefs, dreams, and visions to exist — while still allowing our own to thrive too. There is space in this world for everyone’s unique creations.
4. Know the experience you are seeking. Be intentional.
Knowing the experience you are seeking to have is part of cultivating a powerful practice of discernment and listening to your intuition. You know, in the past, I would go to some events and feel terrible by the end of it because I felt like I didn’t do enough (hadn’t made enough connections/didn’t focus on asking enough questions/didn’t focus on my own experience enough etc.)
This continued until I sat down and got honest with myself — what experience was I truly seeking to experience in say, a networking event? I realised that I craved deep, soulful, meaningful connections and conversations. If I could connect deeply with just 1 or 2 people during a 3 hour networking event, that was exactly what my soul wanted to experience. Knowing this liberated me on so many levels — and I actually was able to have exactly the experience I was looking for!
Ahhh, one of the things I used to struggle with was investing in creatively fulfilling projects — that had no immediate monetary return on investment. It felt so much easier to join a business program, a coaching course, working with a mentor — but when it came to something that was not related to my business growth, I would hit a roadblock. I don’t need this. This feels self-indulgent. I can DIY this, surely.
Except, it wasn’t serving or supportive for me. I would give myself a compromised experience, and then I would still feel unfulfilled inside (and then guilty because I felt like I was so hard to please/always looking for more/should be more grateful in the present moment with what I have). I decided it wasn’t contributing to my experience in life, so I made a commitment to change that.
This is what I’ve chosen instead: It is self-honouring to invest in my creative projects; it is self-loving as it brings me so much happiness and joy. And … that is enough. Feeling creatively fulfilled and allowing myself to have the FULL (human) experience of what my soul truly desire to experience IS in itself a beautiful gift that I allow myself to have — and enjoy.
We attended the workshop at Flowerlane and Co, for those of you who are in Sydney and interested in attending a terrarium workshop. Highly recommend!
I’d love to hear from you —
What are you currently working on as a creative project?
What is the experience that your soul is truly seeking through this project?
Are you allowing yourself the full experience of this?
(Are you compromising your experience in any way?)
How are you experiencing creative fulfilment right now?
Don’t forget: Your creative expression adds value to the world.
Love + Creative Vibes,
Jia Ni x
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