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How I Tapped Back Into My Creativity

How I tapped back into my creativity was a question posed by one of my Facebook friends after I shared that I had been feeling stuck and as if both I and the magazine were simply existing. I felt this way all of 2023. Though I did have some wins here and there, it was a struggle year, and I know that we struggled because I was burned out and unable to lead my team properly. I had no vision, which made it hard to lead a team because I am usually the one who creates. Of course, we also know creativity comes and goes. 

So, when asked this question, I gave it a little thought. I had been trying to find the words to describe all that had transpired in the past year, but it seemed so long and drawn out. However, when asked about it, I tried to approach it from a list perspective and began just to write everything that I did, and it all began to flow. I thought it might help someone else to know what worked for me, but, of course, in the end, do what feels right for you. See below.

Prayer

When I first made this list, prayer was second but it is imperative that I place it at the head of everything and then continue from there. Without my daily talks with God, I am unsure where I would be. I know that taking that time out each morning to communicate with Him and speak the matters of my heart makes a difference in the outcome of my day. I pray daily for supreme creativity so that I can continue to lead my business and team. I pray for things to be supreme because I do not do ordinary. 

Worried young Black woman in prayer on sofa

Break from Social Media

While it was not exactly intentional, it was long overdue for me to take a break from social media. Honestly, I was over it, but I felt that I needed to continue to show up, though, at my core, I felt like there was nothing in my life or work worth sharing. I felt like I had nothing of value to offer. 

Baby, when I say I took a break- it was as if I broke! I could not bring myself to open the app. I did not care what was going on in the news. I already said I had nothing to share and no ideas about who I might need to connect with. So, I just stopped checking in. I did not be extra and remove the apps from my phone or anything; I simply did not give social media my energy. 

I feel compelled to add that I have a team that handles the social media for SwagHer Magazine, so those accounts were still very active. In times like those, I am grateful for them. That time away allowed me to remember how unique and worthy I am because social media can breed comparison, and I often fall victim when I spend too much time on various platforms. It was as if my creativity was also broken. 

Listening to Books and Gospel Music

I think I have mentioned before that I am an Audible girl. I love listening to audiobooks on their platform. So when my days or nights were too quiet, and I did not want to bother with social media, I listened to books. 

Also, being mindful of what I was taking in, I listened to my gospel playlist on my way to and from work. I only have one list, but, baby, it is fire.  A few others have followed it. Here’s the link if you are interested. 

Moving Over 1,000 Miles

I think I may have shared this in one of my recent blogs, but I relocated to the DMV late last summer/early fall and accepted a teaching position. I had never lived outside of the South, so it was a big adjustment, but it felt so good to get out of Louisiana. I had been ready to move for some time because, for me, Louisiana was just not the place to grow a national magazine, but I did not know how I would make it happen. Fortunately, i was blessed with the opportunity and I leaped at it. 

Not Having to be at Whim of Clients

This one might make some people feel some kind of way, but it also felt so good not to be dependent on clients and their payments. For the past six years, I worked solely for myself, and while I loved it, I also hated the instability. Then last year or the year before, I had a bad experience with a client that made me question my worth. It took months to recover from that but I am not sure I really recovered because I still had work to get done, money to make, and bills to pay. Now I have more flexibility to better choose who I work with, and I do not feel like a failure when things do not pan out.  

Wanting Change More Than I Could Breathe

Wanting to change more than I could breathe at a time is the last thing I would include on the list of things that aided me. It, too, was not intentional, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Yes, I was desperate for change because I knew that I was not growing. Hence, how would my life get any better? How would I get closer to success? Sometimes, this burning pain would creep up in my chest as I thought about it, and I would take deep breaths to calm myself down. I needed my creativity back more than ever. It was not ideal at all, but going through this experience was a part of the process. 

I am not suggesting you make it a part of your process, but understand that it may occur. They say He comes at our darkest hour. 

A combination of these actions helped me overcome those feelings of being stuck and tap back into my creativity. It certainly was not an overnight thing. I had to take it day by day and feel everything. There were no shortcuts, but that’s another thing as well. I allowed myself to feel what I felt, and I did not ignore those feelings or dismiss them. I gave them thought, pondered over them, and tried to trace their origins. 

Along the way, I began to get little ideas here and there for the magazine. Not all of them worked out perfectly, but each one gave me confidence and served as a basis for another idea. This was good because I am a part of affiliate programs, but I have not been shooting any content. I was sleeping on extra income streams, but the more I created, the more clearly I began to see what I needed to do to get those affiliations off the ground as well. But that is only one of the projects I have picked up since I got back to work. 

I even feel my creativity in my teaching. Before, I was so scared and tense. I would not dare create a work activity for my students, but now I am beginning to see how I can do a little day by day. I feel like my old creative self. 

 

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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.
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