Every human being is creative. But you don’t need to create anything if you don’t feel called to do so. 

By simply showing up and sharing your unique gifts, you are already living your purpose. That “legacy” is enough. 

Your unique gifts could be as simple as being optimistic or funny and sarcastic or bringing an energy of fun everywhere you go.

By me simply radiating my light within, by me being naturally who I am and sharing that with others, I am living fully.


By living life in a way that intrinsically lights you up, you are leaving behind your “legacy.”

My goal every day is to leave behind a legacy. But not in a grand legacy that is geared towards “impact.” 

A “legacy” is often associated with being successful. But it doesn’t have to be grand or complicated!

For me, it means using my creative talents and passions to create things for myself that is fun to do in the present moment.

As a creative artist using visual art as my primary mode of storytelling, I am already living it now. Even if I never share it with another person.

It’s not for something or someone far off into the future. 

By me enjoying the process and feelng good in that moment, I am making space for more light, more joy and more compassion for others to hold that light within themselves too.

I don’t need to think about becoming the next Jane Austen or Sally Mann, as much as my “ego” or mind would totally love that.

I can simply stand where I am, show up creatively every day, and shine my light by having fun. 

It means making eye contact with my barista and greeting them with a sincere smile. That means connecting with others on my daily walk through the park and asking them how they are doing, how their heart is feeling.

That means using my individual voice to write – a handwritten letter, a playful blog post, a heart-felt Instagram caption – or whatever it is I’m feeling like doing that day.

It means taking 20 minutes out of my day to creatively express what my heart longs to share. Just because it’s a fun, pleasurable way to enjoy my time on Earth.

By me walking the talk and living my life in total alignment and joy,  I am inspiring anyone else who sees me and resonates with me. It’s a spider web effect! When one person is inspired you, they take action on what lights them up and inspire another!

Giving to one single person is enough to inspire and uplift the collective.

No matter how small that reach is or how misinterpreted it may very well be, I am still leaving a legacy….in the simplest and most ordinary way.

My job is done. And it was fun.


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Creativity and Everyday Legacy

August 14, 2019


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