I am thrilled to introduce another creative guru today, my dear friend Katie Scott. Katie’s playground crosses many mediums — interior design, jewelry and writing — and I feel she truly embodies the creative life. She finds inspiration deep within her heart, and her book is about the spiritual journey that awakened her soul several years ago. Clearly, the fruits of that journey are spilling out into her creative efforts, and I admire the honesty and passion of her faith. Savor Katie’s beautiful, divinely inspired designs and enjoy her take on living a creative life. XOXO, Elaine
ET: Can you describe your daily creative process? Are you disciplined about it and follow daily routines or are you instinctual about it and just let it happen?
KS: My daily creative process begins with prayer and meditation. I recognize my ability to design as a God-given gift, so I believe it must be nurtured by a higher power. Not only do I seek creativity, but first and foremost peace, love and divine direction. When this is at your core, everything else begins to fall into place and the universe begins to work for you. Inspiration can be found everywhere. No doubt, my creativity has grown tremendously through this vehicle.
I require routine during the work week because you must be scheduled, disciplined and organized in order to manage time efficiently. That being said, I remain open and flexible to the unexpected changes that may be required. My day starts at 5:00 a.m. to center myself in peace through prayer and meditation. I am dressed and out of the door by 7:00 a.m. to drop kids off at school, and my meetings start by 8:00 a.m.
ET: How do you recover from a creative block? Are there any practices you engage in to get you out of a rut?
KS: A creative block is essentially mental exhaustion. When this happens, I literally step away from everything and clear out the clutter that has accumulated in my mind. Nature is my cure – whether it’s escaping to the beach or something as simple as a walk in the park or through my neighborhood. It carries my soul back to just being, letting go of acquired “thoughts” so I can be open to receive inspiration and develop new ideas. I breathe out what was, and breathe in “today,” this very moment of simplicity and life in itself, circling back to purpose and accomplishing what has been placed on my heart.
Once I have cleared my mind, I recharge by getting back into my element, and my environment is very influential – I adjust the lighting, I light a candle, I turn on my favorite music. I ask God to infuse me with knowledge, wisdom and new ideas. I take a deep breath and I grasp what comes naturally to me, using my senses to guide my inspiration – looking at color, touching and feeling fabrics and metals, turning to the past and reinterpreting the inspiration through a modern eye with a fresh perspective.
ET: What are your feelings about your career being connected to your creativity? Do you struggle with this? Or is it natural for you?
KS: Being creative is what comes naturally to me, it’s all I know. Everything I do has been “self” taught, and practiced over time. I am definitely a student of life.
ET: Do you have other outlets of creativity that you engage in that fill your soul other than interior and jewelry design? If so, what? And how does that enhance your creative process if at all?
KS: Writing is a relatively new vehicle for me. It was never even a consideration until I started meditating and the thought pressed on my heart strongly. The divine encouragement to “write” could not be denied, so I took a leap of faith and began penning all of my experiences. I found it to be very therapeutic and a channel for divine vision, allowing the Holy Spirit to flow through me and to record it on paper. I love watching my life unfold on the pages before me. You begin to recognize the seeds planted along the way, how time fertilizes the soil and just how beautiful it is when things begin to blossom.
ET: How would you describe yourself with regard to your creative life? Are you a serious, often times burdened artist type or do you approach your work with lightness? Or is it a combination?
KS: I am blessed in that my passion is design and being creative. I would not know what to do with myself if I didn’t have this vehicle for expression. I imagine an enormous amount of energy being suffocated and me not living authentically.
That being said, there are times when deadlines, traveling, multi-tasking, work and family become extremely challenging. My body wants to naturally “react” to the pressure to perform and please everyone, so it is crucial for me to put my training into practice. Your mind controls your body so I stop whatever I am doing, close my eyes and firmly tell my mind to remove all anxious feelings, and to replace them with peace. I do not accept feelings that are not graced by light, I dismiss them knowing they are not from God. I do nothing but breathe and sit in silence until my peace is restored.
ET: I know faith, spirituality and the divine has played a significant role in your life and your creativity. Can you expound on this and how faith has played a role in what you create?
KS: What is life without meaning? What is life without purpose? What is life without hope? Faith is the essence of my being. I feel genuinely connected to a higher power, and this feeling tells me I am not alone, it grounds me, it teaches me, it guides me, it carries me and it nourishes my soul.
ET: Any final thoughts, theories or tips regarding creativity?
Eradicate your fears and you will begin living creatively.
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