I haven’t written here in a long time. Actually I checked and it’s just shy of two years. We all were knee-deep in the pandemic then, virtual school and all. That post was on creating a gap plan and it reflected where I was emotionally. Just survival.
With gratitude I don’t find myself in that level of stress today. I’d like to hope I, and all of us, have grown since that time, including re-prioritizing our lives to focus on what’s most important. I’ve been reading more in the past couple years, most recently a book by Eve Rodsky called Finding Your Unicorn Space. The tagline sold me – “reclaim your creative life in a too-busy world.” Boom. Part of the re-prioritizing for me involves creativity, slowing down, and reflecting.
The book defines a Unicorn Space as the active pursuit of creative self-expression and reinforces that creativity is not an option but rather an essential part of being human. We crave this. I enjoyed reading about other folks’ unicorn spaces, ranging from common pursuits such as gardening or woodworking to amateur trapeze artistry or joining a hip hop dance troupe.
This sent me on a quest to consider my own Unicorn Spaces. Where do I feel creative and uniquely me? It was hard to think of something initially. Basically I spend a lot of my time working or driving kids to practice. I do enjoy making craft-y things but my Cricut is covered in dust. I enjoy cooking or baking on occasion. I’m a fan of a heart-pumping group fitness workout but I’m not sure if that even counts as Unicorn Space. I like to write but my mind tells me “I’m not a writer.” I heard Eve Rodsky say in a podcast interview that we need to get away from “noun-ifying” our lives with comments like “I’m not a gardener” or “I’m not an artist” and instead to “verb-ify” our lives with “I grow stuff” or “I paint.” It’s process over perfection.
So here I am creating a blog post for my business website. I’m not a blogger. But occasionally I write. It’s a creative outlet. I enjoy the process. I have no idea if it makes any impact in the world but it impacts me as a pursuit of creative self-expression. It’s a Unicorn Space and I’m planning to spend more time actively pursuing this.
FYI I’ve grown increasingly interested in mental health for all, not just for folks who have a mental health diagnosis. Everyone can improve their mental health and work toward a more fulfilling life. I think that’s the purpose of this blog – to bring awareness and some tidbits for anyone to use. Perhaps this will spark an interest in someone to find their own Unicorn Space.