What is Your Creative Calling?

January 28, 2020 By

Turning an idea in your head into a tangible reality is one of life’s great satisfactions, whether the end result is a story, a photograph, a meal, or a business. ― Chase Jarvis, Creative Calling

I’m curious. Do you feel like you have a creative calling? Have you always felt that way or is it something you cultivated? Maybe you felt like you had one once a long time ago, but let it slip away.

This week I’ve been listening to Chase Jarvis’ latest book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life. One of the perks of living in Seattle is the thriving creative community here. I met and worked with Chase almost fifteen years ago, before he wrote The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You and before CreativeLIVE even existed. I was one of the first guests on CreativeLIVE when it first was getting started.

So, when Chase puts something new out in the world, I’m always interested to see how his creativity and philosophy on creativity continues to evolve. His latest book, Creative Calling, is a breath of fresh air. It’s not just for creatives, artists, or people who dream of being such. It’s for everyone, because creativity is for everyone. This is my firm belief.

A calling is an intuitive hint, a tug we experience when we’re doing something that feels right.

There is profound healing in creativity and in this book, Chase gives inspiration and encouragement to make it a daily habit. Actually, it’s not just encouragement, it’s a clarion call, an imperative. Creativity is essential, not optional.

When we create, we give of ourselves freely, adding value and expecting nothing in return.

Daily. That is the key. Doesn’t matter what you do or how you do it. Doesn’t matter how long you spend in creativity, but you must invest the time, the energy, the focus.

My writing here every day is a practice. What matters is that I write, not what shows up when I write. When I’m painting, drawing, dancing, photographing, it’s a practice. I show up and my creativity flourishes. Just like going to the gym, not every day is a banner day. Not every artistic expression is going to inspire millions, but it is still worthwhile and valuable.

Creativity isn’t a skill, it’s a habit.

What daily creative habit are you practicing? Maybe a little salsa in front of the mirror every morning, or a daily photo posted to Instagram? Maybe a sketch a day like my friend Chiara did on her Italian sketching tour? I’d love to hear about it!