Nicole Lilyquist


Why I Set Intentions for My Creative Practice


Creativity is about feeling free and inspired. Even the smallest of things, picking out an outfit or adding new spices to a dish, can be creative. Some days making time to be creative can feel impossible, but it is an important part in nurturing your inner child. Not making time for this playful side can result in unhealthy habits and symptoms as an attempt to numb your emotions.

Often I go to unhealthy foods when I am not listening to my inner child. I tend to feel stuck, creatively and emotionally. I have found that truly being with your emotions is difficult work, but the rewards are worth it.

Recently I started setting intentions for my creative practice and my inner child during this time. Here are my intentions and affirmations that I’ve made to help with my creativity:

  • I find time each day to make art so that I may nurture my creativity. However, do not push myself to be creative. If I feel overwhelmed I accept that I do not have time or energy at this time and I allow myself to rest.

  • This time I have to be creative is enjoyable.

  • I give myself permission to be playful and messy.

  • I listen to my inner child while making art. I allow myself to reconnect with my inner child during my creative practice.

  • I do not ignore any emotions that come up. I express these emotions through my art. It is ok to feel vulnerable.

  • I trust my intuition with my healing and art practice.

  • I give myself permission to heal.

These intentions have help me focus and give energy to my creative practice. This allows my art to flow more freely and easily so that I can truly nurture my inner child.

I have put together some journaling exercises for setting intentions for your creative practice. I have also included a video demonstration on how to create a vision board. If you would like to learn more about Emotional Healing Through Art click below.

We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey.
— Serina Hartwell