Hastings and Creativity

Hi. I’ve been gone for a while, but have gained new inspiration after a few months off!

I want to talk about creativity and inspiration. After almost finishing Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, it has sparked something in me again. A longing to create again. I’ve realised it’s OK to take a break from creativity, and that there’s no point forcing it when it wants some time off. Once it’s back, though, I’m learning to not worry about what others think and just go for it, which is hard! This is your space and your creativity so whatever you’re interested in be it photography, cooking, writing, floristry, ice skating, pottery, interior design, dancing, gardening, travelling, model making, scrapbooking etc. only you can bring that to the world, so go for it. I’ve learnt that it doesn’t have to be a full time job or even be something you are paid for. Create for yourself. Do it for you. Keep it to yourself or send it out into the world. Do what you want, but keep creating. Please read the book if this is any way relates to you. It goes into every nook and cranny of a creative life and what a creative life looks like which may open your eyes and surprise you. And if you find yourself like me worrying about what other people think (which is mostly in my head!) do as Elizabeth Gilbert suggests!

“Recognising that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own flipping art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”

Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Then stubbornly continue makings yours.‘ Do it!

I digress…

On to Hastings.

Having moved back down south I am making the most out of my favourite part of the country! I am a seaside girl at heart and so I went back to the town that I had last visited as a sulky teenager so was pleasantly surprised to find cuter parts of it and amazing views. I love me a pier, Hastings Pier has been crowned this year’s ‘Pier of the Year’. It felt so calm and spacious and exceptionally clean! It was understated in a beautiful way, some would even say classy. Minimalism at its finest. The old town had me swooning for all the different buildings and houses, which were stunners! It’s located between West and East Hill, behind the various fish and chip shops, you’ll see it, there’s signs. Worth a visit for sure! Beware of the seagulls though, they attacked me and stole a load of my chips 😭!!

All photos taken with Canon 5d Mark III with 50mm 1.4 lens.

Processed in Lightroom with NATE Cam presets.




4 thoughts on “Hastings and Creativity

  1. Absolutely beautiful, you are so talented!! And so much truth in your words; we each bring a creativity that is entirely unique and precious and is worth seeking out and expressing 💗.

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