Curious about creativity and how others innovate? “How I Create” is our monthly interview series, which strives to inspire by giving you a glimpse into other people’s creative processes.
This month, we’re talking with Tiffany Moore, a life and business coach and co-founder of Teahouse Studio, a workshop space in Berkeley, CA.
(You might remember Moore from her great advice in this creativity piece.)
Through her coaching and writing, Moore helps people transform their lives and find the magic within to live their most sparkly lives!
1. Do you incorporate creativity-boosting activities into your daily routine? If so, what activities do you do?
I do my best to step away from the computer whenever possible! I think that it’s easy to get stuck at your desk all day if you aren’t careful — there’s always more work to be done! — but I find that for me, creating space in my schedule (and my life!) really help me stay focused when it is time to work.
I take a walk when I can and go to yoga whenever possible, but I definitely need more time for relaxing built into my schedule. I always feel so much better when I take the time to make movement a priority for myself. Even a 3-minute mid-day dance party can make a huge difference.
2. What are your inspirations for your work?
My own life and my friends. I usually end up writing about things that I’ve worked with clients on, worked on with myself, or helped friends out with. I definitely also get inspired by looking through Pinterest or at visual sites like design for mankind or papernstitch. And little brown pen always helps me remember that I want to move to France!
3. There are many culprits that can crush creativity, such as distractions, self-doubt and fear of failure. What tends to stand in the way of your creativity?
I think that fear and self-doubt are always big culprits. For me, these manifest in my procrastination; if I’m not sure how to do something, I’ll put it off or distract my day away with Facebook or Twitter.
4. How do you overcome these obstacles?
When I’m working on something that makes me uncomfortable, I work best by setting a timer for 15 minutes and committing to working for that amount of time on nothing else. I find that this is often enough time to get over my scary place and actually get myself into the work.
I also love the program Self Control which I can turn on to block my distracting social media sites.
5. What are some of your favorite resources on creativity?
- Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (LOVE!)
- Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and Do the Work — both books are amazing motivators for me!
- Dallas Clayton
- Alexandra Franzen
(Moore shared other resources here!)
6. What is your favorite way to get your creative juices flowing?
Taking a walk or talking with a friend. For me, it’s about stepping away from creating and actually living my life that is inspiring! I also love a visit to my local Anthropologie store!
7. What’s your advice for readers on cultivating creativity?
If you’re starting out, go slowly and be really gentle with yourself. Not everything worth doing is going to be easy, and nothing new feels easy, so lean into that and trust that it will get better.
Be easy on yourself and recognize that you are already creative. Creativity doesn’t necessarily mean being an artist. It means problem solving and looking at the world through new eyes.
8. Anything else you’d like readers to know about creativity?
Have fun with it! Instead of making it into something that is scary, try to think about how creativity can be a tool that you can use to actually make your life easier.